DNP Nurse Anesthesia Major

The West Virginia University School of Nursing is in the final stages of developing a nurse anesthesia program. The program will be reviewed for accreditation spring 2019 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and a decision will be made fall 2019. 

Students enrolling in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia major can expect a rigorous, challenging curriculum, heavily based in sciences including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry and physics. This full-time program will require students to take 88 credits over three years or nine continuous semesters. The minimum amount of clinical time is 2,000 hours, but graduating WVU DNP nurse anesthetists will likely exceed that minimum. 

The graduate will earn a DNP degree and be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE), a board exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Candidate graduates who pass the Certification Exam become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). 

Please note: The West Virginia School of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program is not currently accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), but has been approved by the West Virginia University Board of Governors. COA accreditation status for the WVU School of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program will be determined fall 2019. Contact the COA via phone at 847.655.1160, on the web at, or via postal mail at 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL  60068-4001.

DNP Nurse Anesthesia program progression plan

View the progression plan below for more information. 

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Progression Plan

Applicant Qualifications

  • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Minimum nursing GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.
  • Completion of 3 credits of undergraduate statistics equivalent to WVU Stats 211 and 3 credits of health assessment with a grade of C or better.
  • GRE score within the past 5 years.
  • Minimum of 1-year post-orientation, and preferably 2-3 years of current, full-time critical care experience.
  • Certification in basic, advanced cardiac, and pediatric advanced life support.
  • Current, unrestricted RN license. (Licensure in West Virginia will be required during the program and possibly one or more of the following states:  Maryland, Ohio, and/or Pennsylvania.)
  • Shadowing a CRNA prior to applying to the program is strongly recommended.
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview.

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Aaron Michael Ostrowski, DNP, APRN, CRNA
West Virginia University
Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult Health Department
CRNA, Anesthesiology