Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NA)


Nurse anesthetists administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.

Whether in a planned procedure or an emergency, a small local hospital or a regional center, a rural or urban setting, and throughout the life cycle, the nurse anesthetist is a critical member of the health care team. In fact, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than thirty million anesthetics each year in the United States.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice — Nurse Anesthesia Program has received full approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Program and the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA).

Northeastern’s Nurse Anesthesia program is housed in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, which encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with other health care disciplines. The program offering is a Doctor of Nursing Practice — Nurse Anesthesia (DNP NA).

Students graduate in May each year and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse anesthetists, administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).


Degree: DNP NA

Application deadline:
Jul 1, 2024 for Full Summer 2025 start
NursingCAS application opens Jan 1

GRE: Required

Program Cost:
View the 2023-2024 Tuition and Fees
See “Graduate Programs” and click on “Bouvé College of Health Sciences” for the cost per credit hour and see “Fees” and “Other”.

NCE Pass rate Class of ’22: 89%

Program Outcomes Data 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

DNP Nurse Anesthesia


The curriculum of the Doctor of Nurse Practice — Nurse Anesthesia program, consisting of 77 academic and clinical practice credits, is divided into four components: core nursing courses, DNP courses, nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses, and nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses.

The DNP NA program includes:

  • 4 core nursing courses
  • 9 DNP courses
  • 8 nurse anesthesia specialty didactic courses
  • 6 nurse anesthesia specialty clinical courses

The NU Post BSN to DNP program will be offered in a full-time format and classes will begin each May.

It takes 36 months of full-time study to garner the 77 semester hour credits required for the DNP NA degree in nursing.

Handbooks and Manuals

Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum, subject to change.

Full-time BSN to DNP


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The Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Northeastern University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia specialty is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years, through May 2024. 10275 W. Higgins Road Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
Telephone: 224-275-9130

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Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

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Northeastern University is accredited by the the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA).


Nurse Anesthesia Program 2020 – 2022 Pass Rate: 89%

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Admissions Requirements

Please note that all letters of recommendations and official transcripts must be submitted via NursingCAS.
To apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing you will need the following:

Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE

Official transcript(s) of ALL college-level study

Up-to-date resumé

Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.000 (B)

Science grade-point average of 3.000 (B)

Graduate level Chemistry/Physics course taken within 3 years highly recommended

Graduate Statistics grade-point average of 3.000 (B) completed within two years of application. Must be completed prior to matriculation.

The course can be a basic graduate level statistics course. Content should include:

  • Descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency and variability
  • Use of a computer software for statistical functions (could be MS excel; Stata etc)
  • Role of normal distributions
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Inferential statistical methods
  • Data analysis (simple)

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 300 or higher Quantitative and Verbal combined. Must be submitted via Northeastern’s NursingCAS code 2734

Three letters of recommendation

Personal goal statement

Current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the United States

At least one year of current intensive care nursing experience (if Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level  III/IV only)

Shadow a CRNA


Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Preferred Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Virtual interview with faculty

The Program reviews applications on a holistic basis, taking all submitted materials into consideration and in context to the overall application and application materials. Applicant interviews and the admissions decisions are made at the discretion of the Nurse Anesthesia Program Admissions Committee.

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