DNP Nurse Anesthetist

Students enrolling in the DNP Nurse Anesthetist program 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 or CRNAs. Please click here for answers to commonly asked questions about the program.

DNP Nurse Anesthetist Info Session July 2022

DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program

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 with a grade of C or better prior to the first day of classes. Students who are completing certain prerequisite courses may be offered admission; however, the offer will be rescinded if the courses are not completed prior to the first day of classes.
  • 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 prior to the first day of classes.
  • 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.
  • To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Campus Resources

At the WVU Health Sciences Center, students have access to invaluable resources, including the WV STEPS Centera state-of-the-art center for experiential learning with simulation.

STEPS provides surgical training opportunities for WVU students, physicians

To learn more, view a tour of the Health Sciences campus or see the video above to learn how our nurse anesthetist students get to practice in a surgical simulation setting prior to practicing in the field. 


The WVU School of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) until 2024. Contact the COA by phone at 224-275-9130, on the web at, or at 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603.

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A photo of Aaron Ostrowski.
Aaron Michael Ostrowski, DNP, APRN, CRNA
West Virginia University
CRNA, Anesthesiology
Clinical Assistant Professor, Family / Community Health Department
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, Office of Academics