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The Nurse Anesthesia DNAP program fosters expertise in the art and science of anesthesia, and prepares students for practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Clinical experience is an essential component of the program and is fulfilled through partnerships with private-practice and university-based clinical facilities. By the time students graduate, they have obtained real-world clinical experiences at these institutions in a broad range of general, regional and monitored anesthesia care to adults and children. With so many advances in the medical arena, from cell biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, to genetics, forensics and surgery technology, the St. Louis region is in the heart of the rapidly developing BioBelt corridor and provides top career options for Nurse Anesthesia graduates.

Application Deadline

The application deadline to join the program in 2024 is June 1, 2023 with subsequent interviews to be scheduled for September 2023.

Kristen Essary
Gary D. Clark Endowed Scholarship for Nurse Anesthesia Recipient

“By being a patient advocate and safety gatekeeper, I can make sure my patients are safe and receive the best quality care as I have received the best education needed to ensure this.”

Kristen Essary
Kristen Essary

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, ‘23

Webster's Distinctive Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • Webster’s Nurse Anesthesia students consistently hold a 91% pass rate for first-time CRNA board exams and a 100% overall pass rate.
  • Program fees cover out-of-town clinical housing, the SEE and NCE exams, annual liability insurance, attendance at one annual AANA Congress and many other supplies and requirements throughout the program.
  • The DNAP program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
  • Students gain valuable scholarly experience by completing, defending, and publishing a research project.


CRNA Completion Degree

Program Description

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) CRNA completion degree assists the masters-prepared practicing CRNA with the opportunity to bridge their degree to the practice doctorate. The degree is offered in a 100% online platform to accommodate the complicated work schedules of practicing CRNAs. Consistent with the AACN guidelines and approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs, the DNAP focuses on equipping the nurse anesthetist with content areas that emphasize the clinical practice-oriented leadership through evidence-based research, quality improvement, intradepartmental collaboration and systems leadership.

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Clinical Rotations

The program offers more than 20 clinical sites with clinical rotations, including dedicated rotations in cardiovascular, pediatrics, and obstetrics.

Highly-Trained Faculty

Full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees and are specialists in their content areas. They share a passion for education and a commitment to learning.

Hands-On Expertise

Nurse Anesthetist faculty members maintain active clinical practices, reinforcing their hands-on expertise with cutting-edge advancements in the field of anesthesia.

Webster's Nurse Anesthesia program details


  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing program from a fully accredited college plus a nursing degree. The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia program does not accept any transfer credits.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate studies or evidence of outstanding post-graduation academic achievement.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Organic chemistry, 3 credit hrs. OR Biochemistry, 3 credit hrs. and Physics, 3 credit hrs., taken within the last 5 years. Labs are not required with these courses. All prerequisite courses should be completed, with grades received, prior to the application deadline.


  • Current unencumbered United States (or territories, or protectorates) RN and/or APRN license. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a Missouri and Illinois Nursing license once admitted into the program. If your current licensure is from a compact state a Missouri license is not required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience in an acute care setting as a professional registered nurse (two years preferred in an adult ICU setting).
  • Proof of Current ACLS, BLS & PALS certifications and CCRN score sheet.


  • A personal interview
  • Applicants offered an interview must submit a criminal background check prior to the interview.
  • Accepted applicants must provide a clean drug screen prior to starting the program.

Submit the following required documents:

  • A completed application may be submitted at webster.edu/apply.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges, and professional schools. The Webster University Nurse Anesthesia program does not accept any transfer credits.
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you have chosen to pursue the nurse anesthesia field, including any relevant information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider regarding your qualifications as an applicant.
  • A syllabus and/or course description for prerequisite coursework taken through an online program.
  • Prerequisite Review Worksheet
  • A current résumé, with detailed ICU experience, i.e. years, location, specific ICU title.
  • Proof of nursing license from NURSYS.com, report should include all licenses and expirations.
  • Proof of Current certifications: ACLS, BLS & PALS certifications and CCRN score sheet.
  • Two letters of reference that provide an assessment of professional performance, continuing education, and character traits.
  • Request one assessment from an immediate supervisor and one from a professional.
  • A CRNA shadow verification form.
  • Any additional supporting information you wish to include, such as copies of certifications, awards, honors, and/or publications within the past 2 years.
  • A copy of your green card if you are a U.S. permanent resident.

Required Science Courses

  • CHEM 7500 Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • PHYS 7500 Physics for Anesthesia (2 hours)
  • BIOL 7200 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)
  • BIOL 7201 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 8000 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)
  • BIOL 8001 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 8100 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology III (3 hours)
  • BIOL 8101 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology III lab (1 hour)
  • DNAP 7510 Biostatistics for Nurse Anesthesia (3 hours)
  • BIOL 7600 Cell Biology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 7700 Genetics (1 hour)
  • DNAP 8700 Pharmacogenomics (2 hours)
  • BIOL 8150 Immunology (3 hours)
  • DNAP 6400 Population Health and Epidemiology (2 hours)
  • BIOL 7800 Microbiology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 8400 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 hours)
  • DNAP 7900 Pharmacology I (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8000 Advanced Pharmacology II (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8010 Advanced Pharmacology III (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8020 Advanced Pharmacology IV (3 hours)

Required Nurse Anesthesia Courses

  • DNAP 7000 Advanced Health Assessment (4 hours)
  • DNAP 7100 Introduction to Anesthesia (3 hours)
  • DNAP 7200 Basics of Anesthesia (3 hours)
  • DNAP 7300 Principles of Anesthesia I (3 hours)
  • DNAP 7400 Principles of Anesthesia II (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8100 Anesthesia Concepts I (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8200 Anesthesia Concepts II (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8300 Anesthesia Concepts III (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8400 Anesthesia Concepts IV (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8410 Anesthesia and Coexisting Diseases (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8500 Current Topics in Anesthesia I (1 hour)
  • DNAP 8510 Current Topics in Anesthesia II (1 hour)
  • DNAP 8520 Current Topics in Anesthesia III (1 hour)
  • DNAP 8530 Current Topics in Anesthesia IV (1 hour)
  • DNAP 7500 Translational Research (2 hours)
  • HLTH 5000 Organization and Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5050 Financial Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8240 Health Care Policy Analysis and Advocacy (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8430 Health Administration Law and Ethics (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8440 Advanced Practice Nurse Role in Leadership and Health Care (3 hours)
  • DNAP 8230 Politics and Economics of Health Care (3 hours)

Required Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Simulation Courses

  • DNAP 7150 Clinical Simulation Experience I (2 hours)
  • DNAP 7250 Clinical Simulation Experience II (2 hours)
  • DNAP 7350 Clinical Simulation Experience III (4 hours)
  • DNAP 7450 Clinical Simulation Experience IV (2 hours)

Required Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Courses

Beginning Level

  • DNAP 7550 Introduction to Clinical Experience (2 hour)
  • DNAP 7650 Clinical Experience I (2 hours)
  • DNAP 7750 Clinical Experience II (2 hours)
  • DNAP 7850 Clinical Experience III (2 hours)

Intermediate Level

  • DNAP 8050 Clinical Experience IV (2 hours)
  • DNAP 8150 Clinical Experience V (2 hours)
  • DNAP 8250 Clinical Experience VI (2 hours)
  • DNAP 8350 Clinical Experience VII (2 hours)
  • DNAP 8450 Clinical Experience VIII (2 hours)

Advanced Level

  • DNAP 8550 Clinical Experience IX (2 hours)
  • DNAP 8650 Clinical Experience X (2 hours)

Required Thesis Courses

  • DNAP 7501, DNAP 7502, DNAP 7503, DNAP 7504, DNAP 7505, DNAP 7506, DNAP 7507, DNAP 7508; Research/Thesis Project I-VIII (8 hours)

Total required: 144 credit hours

Department Chair and Coordinator

Jill Stulce

Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Browning Hall, ISB 105
Phone 314-246-7846
Email jillstulce02@webster.edu

Jamie Breuer

Jamie Breuer

Department Coordinator

Browning Hall, ISB 101
Phone 314-246-5927
Email jamiebreuer@webster.edu

Department Faculty

Program Admissions Contact*:

Your admissions counselor is assigned based on your last name. Please refer to the information below to connect and ask questions.

Emily Winslow
Graduate Admission Counselor (A-K)
Webster Hall 140
Phone 314-246-7836
Email emilyhorn63@webster.edu
Meghan Higdon
Graduate Admission Counselor (L-Z)
Loretto Hall 164
Phone 314-246-7931
Email higdomeg@webster.edu

*Prospective students should direct all initial program inquiries to the Program Admissions Contact

Students in the nurse anesthesia program benefit from highly knowledgeable science and anesthesia faculty who are specialists in their content areas. They share a passion for education and a commitment to learning and teaching in smaller class sizes. Basic science courses are taught by doctoral-educated full-time and adjunct faculty who are specialists in that content area.

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Alumni Success and Job Outlook

Webster Nurse Anesthesia graduates all pass the CRNA exam, with an average 94% passing the first time. Within 6 months of graduation, 100% of Webster DNAP students are employed.

  • Jobs for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners was $123,780 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
  • Jobs for nurse anesthetists is projected to grow 5% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for nurse anesthetists was $202,470 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).

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