Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP)

DNP Purpose statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-oriented doctor that prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills to translate research into practice and improve patient outcomes across populations. In addition, the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is designed to prepare the next generation of nurse anesthetists with the essential skills to serve society as compassionate clinicians, leaders, and educators.

A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse that has received at least a Master’s degree related to the practice of nurse anesthesia. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, CRNAs safely deliver approximately 40 million anesthetics in the U.S. each year for patients undergoing surgical and obstetrical procedures, pain management, and trauma services. CRNAs are often the sole anesthesia provider in rural hospitals and the main provider of anesthesia for the U.S. Armed Forces. CRNA’s administer anesthesia in a variety of settings including hospitals (urban and rural), outpatient ambulatory centers, physician offices, military installations, and pain management clinics.

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Vocational Growth

In three years, you can earn a Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) with a specialization in nurse anesthesia (CRNA). The program’s full-time, on-campus enrollment provides the most efficient path to achieve your personal and vocational goals. You want to be a leader. The University of Saint Francis will get you there.


Employers recognize and trust the skills of University of Saint Francis nursing graduates. Our university is nationally recognized for academic excellence, distinguished faculty, and exceptional graduates who lead the profession with vision and compassion. The USF Nursing Department’s commitment to Catholic Teaching and Franciscan Values emphasizes care of the whole person.

Nurse Anesthesia students practicing

Why Nurse Anesthesia?

Improved Skills: A DNP allows you to provide nurse anesthesia care before, during, and after surgical and diagnostic procedures. You will learn to care for your patients so anesthesia can be safely administered.

Better Care: A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares you to effect greater change in healthcare. DNP graduates have the knowledge and skills to deliver improved healthcare and patient outcomes. The healthcare industry’s increased emphasis on population health has increased reliance on DNPs.

Expected Growth: The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (HRSA) projects an 87% increase in job availability by 2025, making the demand for CRNAs substantial.

It’s Required: Starting in 2025, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs will require a DNP to practice as a nurse anesthetist.