Program Overview

The Nursing Anesthesia Program is offered as a DNP Degree. The program is nationally recognized and ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation. The program is noted for its cutting-edge approach and is a leader in integrating high-fidelity simulation into its curriculum.

We have been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Programs since 1995 and have been instrumental in promoting the role of the nurse anesthetist in modern health care.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist.

The Nursing Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 547-655-1160. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Applications for Fall 2023 admission will open in Fall 2022.

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Nursing Anesthesia


Nicole Murdaugh

Program Manager

Shannon Broxton

Program Director

  • We have a first time pass rate of 81.33% for the last three consecutive classes.
  • The program has a 100% overall pass rate.
  • Graduates of the program are 100% employed as practicing CRNAs within six months of graduation.
  • The Program has a 0% attrition rate for the most recent graduating class.
  • Attend full time 
  • Interactive hybrid program with web-based classes
  • Capstone/practice project completed in your area of expertise
  • Opportunity to study with faculty who are practice experts

The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care.

The NAP is three-year full-time program (nine semesters, 113 credits) that integrates didactic and clinical instruction. The first four semesters of didactic instruction include core DNP courses and experience in the human patient simulation laboratory, where students learn anesthesia techniques and procedures prior to entering the clinical setting.

Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for all surgical specialties. Over the course of study, students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours.

Fall Admit CurriculumSpring Admit Curriculum

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrates and applies nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyzes and facilitates the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyzes the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employs strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilizes the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.