The University of Kansas is in the first 10 percent of nurse anesthesia programs in the nation to offer an entry-level clinical doctorate and their DNP program is also the only one of its kind in Kansas.
University of Kansas Medical Center
Nurse Anesthetist Program
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Donna S Nyght, CRNA, DNP
Chair, Director of Clinical affairs, Clinical Assistant Professor
ph: (913) 588-6612
fax: (913) 588-3334
email: [email protected]
Nurse Anesthesia Program email: [email protected]
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
81 credit hours
Early-decision application deadline: July 15th. Standard application deadline: May 15th. Application window opened March 15.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Kansas Medical Center.
Tuition is calculated at the 2017-2018 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of In State Tuition: $38,413.15
*Fees and expenses: $22,277.62
Grand Total: $60,689.77
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $60,014.25
*Fees and expenses: $22,276.62
Grand Total: $82,290.87
*This includes the cost of books and miscellaneous school expenses.
Number of Applicants
80 – 100
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Academic and Clinical Experience
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This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
During the first two semesters, courses are mostly classroom-based and are scheduled on most days of the week, Monday-Friday. Many courses are online, though this is not a distance learning program.
During the remainder of the three-year program (semesters 3-9), you will be assigned in the clinic with a variable schedule that will include 12-hour days in the operating room as well as overnight, weekend and other courses which are mostly web-based but also have some classroom time.
Most of your clinic experience will be gained at the University of Kansas Hospital, however, in the final year in the program, you’ll also be assigned to other clinic sites. This will give you a broader clinical experience. Several of these clinic sites are outside the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
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CRNA Program Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree in nursing or in an appropriate discipline.
License as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the states of Kansas and OK. Must obtain Kansas license by Feb 28 of the year entering the program, all other licenses will be obtained during the program as experiences require them.
Two years experience as a registered nurse with a minimum 1 year of recent, full-time experience in ICU. The one year of ICU experience must be completed prior to the official enrollment date.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- CCU (Coronary Care Unit)
- MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit)
- CICU (Cardiac ICU)
- PICU (Pediatric ICU)
- ICU (Long Term Acute Care)
- NSICU (Neurosurgical/Neuroscience/Neurocritical care)
They do not accept:
- NICU (Neonatal ICU)
- CCL (Cardiac Catheterization Lab)
- Long Term Acute Care Hospital
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care)
They may accept flight nursing, contact school for details.
3.0 for all cumulative college coursework as well as in the sciences. If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Minimum GRE scores:
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
CCRN certification is not required but is strongly recommended.
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Statistics (A nursing research class does not count for this requirement. The class must contain both parametric and nonparametric content with a minimum of a C grade.)
- Chemistry – two classes covering the topics of inorganic, organic and biochemistry.
- *Human Anatomy
- *Human Physiology
- Graduate Level writing skills
All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the summer semester of the year applicant is applying to the program.
*Physiology must have been completed within 10 years of program start date with a minimum grade of B. NOTE: In lieu of separate anatomy and both courses must be taken within the last ten years.
Shadow experience with a CRNA or anesthesiologist is also required.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked 71 in the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Kansas Medical Center’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 06/2020. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation standards. The next review will be 05/2030
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Kansas Medical Center
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: 83% (Class of 2020); 5-year average: 89.6% (2016-2020)
- National average (2019): 84.8%
0% (Class of 2020)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% (Class of 2020)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Kansas
Kansas CRNA salaries are below the national average with an annual mean wage of $162,010.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to a 2019 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
Students should expect to devote up to 70 hours per week to program requirements including clinical experiences, class time and study time.
Can I work while I’m in the program?
Becoming a nurse anesthetist is very demanding. Student employment is strongly discouraged throughout the program. The department chair reserves the right to disallow any employment if there is evidence of clinical or academic deficiencies which jeopardize the student’s progress.
All information given on this site about University of Kansas Medical Center’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated February 23rd, 2021.*
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