| Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia


Are you ready to advance your nursing career and become a skilled and compassionate nurse anesthesiologist? Look no further! Our Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program offers a comprehensive and challenging curriculum designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful career in anesthesia. We are currently in Capability Review, seeking accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). We expect to have a decision in early 2024.

*Please Note this Program is only Available at our Colorado Campus

Admission Criteria

To ensure that our program maintains high standards and selects the best candidates, we have established the following admission criteria:

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN): You must hold a BSN from an accredited institution.
  2. Current RN License: A current and unencumbered RN license is required to apply.
  3. Minimum One Year Acute Care Experience: You should have at least one year of experience as an RN in an acute care setting like ICU, emergency department, or surgical suite (two years recommended).
  4. Certifications: You must possess ACLS, BLS, and PALS certifications, as well as CCRN certification or other specialty certification (e.g., ER or PACU).
  5. Minimum GPA of 3.0: Your undergraduate coursework should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Organic Chemistry: An organic chemistry or biochemistry course taken within the last five years with a B grade or above.
  7. Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended.
  8. Personal Statement: Provide a personal statement outlining your goals, interests, and reasons for pursuing a DNAP.
  9. Letters of Recommendation: Submit letters of recommendation from healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurse anesthetists, or nurse managers.
  10. Shadowing Experience: Document at least 16 hours of shadowing a CRNA or Anesthesiologist.
  11. Interview: Complete an interview with program faculty or administrators.
  12. GRE Score: Achieve a combined score of 300 on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). (Subject to change)
  13. Recommended undergraduate basic sciences: physics, pharmacology, statistics, college algebra, or similar math class within the last five years.
  14. Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required as part of the application process.

Coming to a Colorado Campus Near You

We are thrilled to be launching our DNAP program at Rocky Vista University, located in beautiful Colorado. Our campus provides an ideal environment for academic and clinical excellence. Prepare to embark on a transformative educational journey that will shape your future as a highly skilled and compassionate nurse anesthetist.

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of our inaugural DNAP class. Stay tuned for updates on the program approval process and admission dates! If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Additional Resources

The RVU DNAP is applying for accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program's review by the COA is scheduled for October 2023

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
10275 W. Higgins Rd, Suite 906 / Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
Phone: (224) 275-9130

To find a list of COA-accredited programs, visit

Additional Resources



8401 South Chambers Rd.
Englewood, CO 80112

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