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SIUE's master of science in nurse anesthesia has transitioned into an accredited nurse anesthesia doctor of nursing practice (NA DNP). 

Nurse Anesthesia at SIUE

The NA DNP prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures. Nurse anesthetist practices are based on both institutional and state policies, but are usually in collaboration with physicians. Nurse anesthetists are well respected and often work autonomously, especially in rural areas where they may be the sole anesthesia providers.

The NA DNP offers courses and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Within the specialization, students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse settings, including both rural and urban settings. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The NA DNP specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) at the Edwardsville campus.

Career Outlook

CRNAs are employed in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers and private physicians' offices to provide anesthesia and pain relief for the ever increasing number of surgical procedures that occur yearly. CRNAs are in high demand, very satisfied with their jobs and are well compensated. 

How to Apply

The application process begins by completing the SIUE NA DNP application found at Once the application has been recieved by Graduate Admissions, the applicant will receive an email acknowledging that Graduate Admissions has recieved the application. A list of the requirements for applying to the School of Nursing can be found at or at All application materials must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Contact Ali Willoughby, graduate adviser, at (618) 650-3930 or for more information.

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