Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Special Notice to Applicants for the Nurse Anesthesia Program

Transition to Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

The ADU Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) is in the process of making application to its professional accrediting agency, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), to transition the current ADU NAP COA-accredited 28-month master's degree (MSNA) program, to become a 36-month practice doctorate degree (Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, DNAP) program. After the 36-month practice doctorate (DNAP) program is approved by COA, new admissions to the 28-month master's degree (MSNA) program will cease. Therefore, all applicants submitting applications for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program, who desire enrollment in 2018, will be applying to and have their applications considered for either the practice doctorate (DNAP) program if it is authorized by COA prior to 2018, or to the current master's degree (MSNA) program, if there is a delay in the authorization by COA to begin the practice doctorate in 2018.


Quick Facts

Degree Level
Master's Degree
Average Admitted GPA
3.48 (2016 intake)
Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate and graduate required to apply
Application Deadline
July 1
Program Start
Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake
Up to 26

About the Program

The Profession

Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, so nurses have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for about 150 years. Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military men and women on the front lines since WWI. Currently, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America, and in some states, CRNAs are sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals. CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; the U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect.

The Program

Students in the ADU Nurse Anesthesia Program have the advantage of learning in a Christian environment where each student is valued as a child of God. A new cohort of nurse anesthesia students begins annually to start the 7 trimester, 28 month program. The first two trimesters of the program are didactically-focused, and the remaining five trimesters typically consist of one day of class and four days of clinical assignments each week.

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia program have access to high-fidelity simulation labs, to include instruction in sonography-guided invasive line and regional block insertion. Clinically, ADU nurse anesthesia students have unparalleled access to clinical opportunities in the large Florida Hospital system located throughout central Florida.

And the results are clear.

To date, there have been 116 graduates from our Nurse Anesthesia program. Approximately 45% of the graduates began their nurse anesthesia careers in the central Florida/Orlando area and approximately one-third of the remaining graduates accepted employment within the state of Florida. The final 20% of graduates started their careers outside of the state of Florida.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Cohort Statistics

To get a real sense of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at ADU, you just have to see it. Here's where it all happens.