Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia

Graduate Degree

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

9 Semesters (3 years)

Nursing student standing against a wall in a hallway

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Program at Westminster University

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia program allows students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates develop life-long critical thinking skills and the professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers, filling the urban and rural community needs for anesthesia providers.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia program is built upon the historical success of Westminster’s Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program, priding itself in doing everything possible to help you succeed in the program and realize your goal of being able to sit for national boards.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia program’s extensive hands-on experience, small class sizes, and engaging learning environment are a recipe for success in any operating room. From your first interview in the admissions process, every moment sets you up for success. You’ll receive ongoing support from faculty and senior peers, and you’ll connect with local CRNA preceptors for mentoring in a clinical setting. By the time you graduate, you will have the required cases and experiences to be a complete anesthesia provider.

Who the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Program Is For

Experienced, baccalaureate and graduate level nurses with the highest level of didactic instruction, anesthesia simulation, and clinical site experiences will thrive in this program.

What You'll Learn in the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Program 

  • Evaluate delivery of a safe anesthetic with vigilant protection of the patient and prevention of complications
  • Develop individualized perianesthetic care throughout the anesthetic continuum to patients of all ages and physical conditions
  • Integrate skill and knowledge necessary to function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients in various settings
  • Utilize critical thinking, decision making, and the application of sound principles and evidence-based research in practice
  • Apply mastery of anesthesia concepts and skills by passing the NBCRNA certification examination
  • Develop verbal, nonverbal, and written communication necessary to influence patient care
  • Integrate professional attributes necessary to accept responsibility and accountability of new anesthesia practice
  • Propose politically active advancements in nurse anesthesia

Sample courses

  • DNPNA-725: Leadership and Roles
  • DNPNA-732: Gross Anatomy

  • DNPNA-733: Research Methods
  • DNPNA-734: Chemistry and Physics

Completion time: Students complete the program in 3 years. It will take a significant time and energy commitment on your behalf over 9 semesters, but the reward will be worth it.

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Application Deadline

The first 2 semesters of this program are fully online and completed remotely. See program structure for more details.

Application for Summer 2025 Cohort Opens: July 1, 2024
Summer 2025 Cohort Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2024
Virtual Interviews: October 2024

Start Date:
Summer 2025


admissions Events

DNP-NA Virtual Application Hour

July 9, 2024 | 5–6:30 p.m.


Our Faculty

Art Shimata, DNAP

Chris Torman, DNAP
DNP – NA Assistant Program Director

Daniel Bunker, DNAP
DNP – NA Program Director

Ted Morris, DNAP
Assistant Professor



of graduates meet all COA and NBCRNA requirements

"From the school faculty and staff to the clinical site coordinators and preceptors, I have felt equally challenged and completely supported in my quest to become the best CRNA I can possibly be. I am so grateful I chose Westminster to guide me on this unbelievable journey."

Read The Story

Kristin McGrath
(DNP-NA ‘24)


Nurse Anesthesia Career Opportunities

Completion of this program is the beginning of a rewarding lifelong career. Westminster’s healthcare industry connections help facilitate your job search. Over the last 5 years, 100% of Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program alumni (now the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program) became employed within 3 months of graduation (with most having jobs locked in before commencement).


National average salary offer graduates receive
(applies to the last 5 years, as of 2021)

Potential Nurse Anesthesia Careers

After passing the National Certifying Exam, Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program graduates can work as certified registered nurse anesthetists in various settings like hospital operating rooms, surgery centers, doctors’ offices, and academic institutions.

Student Success

Graduates have made amazing career accomplishments including:

  • Chief CRNA of an all-CRNA group practicing in Moses Lake, WA
  • Practicing in the only level 1 trauma center in the country run by CRNAs
  • 12 Westminster alumni are serving, or have served, as clinical coordinators for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program (now the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program).
  • Many Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program (now the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program) alumni worked in the clinical setting with current program students

Potential Employers

  • Denali Anesthesia
  • Las Palmas Medical Center
  • Harborview Medical Center 

Attrition and Pass Rates

Class Attrition First-time Pass Rate First-time and Repeating Pass Rate Job Offer within 3 months after Passing Boards
2023 0% 92% 100% 100%
2022 0% 88.5% 100% 100%
2021 0% 70.8% 100% 100%
2020 0% 73.7% 100% 100%
2019 0% 73.7% 100% 100%
2018 0% 88% 100% 100%

Accreditation Employers Trust

Westminster is committed to upholding the standards set forth by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). These standards help produce skilled nurse anesthetists who are qualified to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Examination.

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia to Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia Program Transition

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on or after January 1, 2022, be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. In April 2021, Westminster’s Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program submitted its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice. In January 2022, the COA provided Westminster's DNP-NA program with it's approval and accreditation for our doctoral program. Westminster enrolled its first doctoral cohort in the new Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia program in May 2022.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) can be contacted by the following means:

10275 W. Higgins Road, Suite 906
Rosemont, Ill. 60018-5603

The cohort in May 2022 were admitted into a 36-month long program, culminating in a doctor of nursing practice degree. Students must pass the SEE exam with a minimum score of 425 before being eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam after graduation.

Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by emailing Josh Fisher at

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Plan of Study

Over the course of the program, you will master the ability to develop individualized perianesthetic care through the anesthetic continuum, becoming prepared to excel as a CRNA immediately upon graduation.

Program Structure

The didactic portion of the program starts with your first summer semester and is 5 semesters long. The first 2 semesters are fully online and completed remotely. The next 3 semesters are on-campus instruction.

Clinical rotations begin after the completion of on-campus courses. Students routinely average 900 cases over 4 rotations, while the required amount is 650.


Clinical Site Locations

  • Arizona: Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Tucson
  • California: Fresno, Kern, Visalia
  • Colorado: Alamosa, Colorado Spring
  • Idaho: Blackfoot, Boise, Driggs, Montpelier, Pocatello
  • Illinois: Huntley
  • Nevada: Henderson, Las Vegas (3)
  • New Mexico: Albuquerque (2), Las Cruces, Roswell
  • Oklahoma: Tulsa
  • Texas: Austin, El Paso (3)
  • Utah: American Fork, Draper, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Payson, Salt Lake City, St. George, Timpanogos, Vernal, West Jordan
  • Washington: Moses Lake

What Are the Benefits of the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Degree Program?

  • Mentoring is Westminster’s top priority. Every faculty member is personally responsible for the success of 6 students.
  • Westminster remains committed to your success long after graduation. Your mentors lend support and friendship as you navigate your career.
  • Faculty mentors are personally responsible for assuring student success from the time the student is admitted into the program to well after graduation.
  • Students have full access to the anesthesia simulation lab, 7 days a week.
  • Students request clinical site rotations at approximately 3–5 varied hospitals and surgery centers from Westminster’s 35+ affiliated clinical sites.
  • 100% of program faculty have held office in the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (80% of which have served as president).
  • 60% of program faculty have served in the U.S. Military.
  • Faculty support and mentor military students and work to accommodate any required military training during the program.


There's No Better Investment

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.