Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia

The Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia is clinically focused to prepare students for the full scope of Nurse Anesthesia practice.

Graduates are prepared to promote evidence-based practice, patient safety and quality in health care, and demonstrate leadership skills in today's health care setting.

Graduates can apply to take the certification examination administered by the NBCRNA. Satisfactory performance on this examination is necessary in order to practice as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)  222 S. Prospect Ave.,  Park Ridge, IL 60068;  (847) 655-1160.  The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2021.

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty also received continued recognition by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists in May 2016 for having completed all requirements of its approval process.

Class of 2020:

  • Attrition: 8%
  • First Time NCE Pass rate: 82%
  • Overall NCE Pass rate: 100%
  • Employment 6 months after graduation: 100%
  • The 4 year first time pass rate: 91%
  • The 4 year overall pass rate: 100%
DNP Nurse Anesthesia Photo
Learn more about the Nurse Anesthesia PathwayVisit our Nurse Anesthesia Virtual Open House.
Talk with our faculty and staff.
Next Open House: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
From 3 to 4 PM Central Time (CT)

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent (e.g., entry level masters in nursing degree such as the UABSON Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field).
  • Active, unencumbered/unrestricted registered nurse license in the state where you will be completing your coursework (didactic and clinical).
  • Both UAB and the School of Nursing must have current authorization to operate in the state.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on their science prerequisite courses and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all other pre-requisite courses.
Prerequisite CoursesCredit
BY 115 Human Anatomy13-4
BY 261 Microbiology3 or 4
MA 180 Descriptive Statistics3
BY 116 Human Physiology13-4
CH 105/106 Chemistry1
CH 115/116 Chemistry1
1Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry must be
completed with a lab course.
  • At least 11 months experience as an RN in a critical care setting by the July application interview, and continued employment in the critical care setting until pathway matriculation the following May.
  • Critical care experience - Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques.
  • A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology. (COA Standards for Accreditation 2020)
  • Three (3) letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study.
  • Standardized test score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*. There is no minimum score, however all sections of the GRE must be completed prior to application (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing). Scores completed within the previous 5 years will be accepted and must be submitted to UAB (code 1856). There is no Waiver Process for the Nurse Anesthesia DNP pathway, a GRE exam is required.
  • A personal interview with the selection committee.
  • If admitted to the DNP program, students must show proof of completion of a descriptive statistics course, equivalent to UAB’s MA-180, before starting the program.


State Regulations Governing Distance Programs

Out-of-state applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs and are planning to conduct UABSON distance education in their home state. Only those students who reside in Alabama or those states where the UAB School of Nursing programs are available will be eligible to receive an offer of admission.

More information is available at the State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Deadline for Submission of Application: May 1st
Scheduling and Notification of Applicant Interview: June
Interview Completed: July
Admission Decision Notification: Two weeks post-interview
Admitted Students Matriculate: Summer Semester of following year

To Start the Application Process

Click here to apply for admission to the Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia

Click here for detailed application instructions

Important Announcement: The Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia will no longer be using NursingCAS for admission application collection and transcript processing. Beginning with the summer 2021 admission cycle, applications for admission will need to be submitted through the UAB Graduate School Application system called TargetX. For updated application and transcript ordering instructions please refer to the “To Start the Application Process” section above.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
  • Evaluate policy, healthcare delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
  • Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into healthcare for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve healthcare delivery and organizational systems.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate intra- and inter-professional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve the quality of healthcare across diverse populations and cultures.
  • Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and healthcare delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.

Program of Study

Students are expected to follow the program of study.1,2,3

Course Format Color Legend:
Didactic / Face-to-Face CourseDistance Accessible / OnlineClinical Practicum / Immersion
Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NA 720Q Anesthesia Pharmacology3
NA 733Q Informatics for Nurse Anesthetists3
NUR 731Q Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 740Q Health Policy and Politics: Implications in Health Care3
2NA 702 Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia6
NA 731 Biochemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists4
NUR 700Q Clinical Data Management and Analysis3
NUR 735Q Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
3NA 721 Anesthesia Pharmacology II3
NA 770 Anesthesia Pathophysiology I3
NA 740 Principles I4
NUR 614Q Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NA 718 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization2
Total Credit Hours43
Year 2
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
4NA 708LQ Anesthesia Practicum I2
NA 741 Anesthesia Principles II3
NA 750 Regional Anesthesia2
NA 771 Anesthesia Pathophysiology II2
NUR 729Q Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
5NA 742Q Anesthesia Principles II3
NA 745Q Professional Aspects4
NA 709LQ Anesthesia Practicum II3
NUR 743Q Evidence-Based Practice Strategies3
6NA 710LQ Anesthesia Practicum III5
NUR 738Q DNP Project Planning3
NUR 742Q Program Evaluation Methods3
Total Credit Hours37
Year 3
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
7NA 795Q Critical Concepts I3
NA 711LQ Anesthesia Specialty Immersion I5
NUR 739Q DNP Project Implementation and Evaluation3
8NA 796Q Critical Concepts II3
NA 712LQ Anesthesia Specialty Immersion II5
NUR 739Q DNP Project Implementation and Evaluation4
9NA 797Q Critical Concepts III3
NA 713LQ Anesthesia Specialty Immersion III5
NUR 701Q Writing for Publication3
Total Credit Hours34

1Students will be expected to come on-campus for monthly program assessments, advisement, high fidelity simulation, and team meetings during semesters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
2All students are required to attend an annual On-Campus Intensive.
3Program of Study is subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

  • The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or University.
  • The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees).
  • Each student’s costs will vary depending upon a number of factors including state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, or whether the student attends class live or through a distance-accessible format. Fees vary by program and course.
Tuition and Fees
UAB School of Nursing 2019-2020
Charge ($)
Charge ($)
DNP coursework (in classroom per semester hour)5721,363
DNP coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)656656
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)225
Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Travel/Lodging for Attending Annual On-Campus DNP Intensive (annual estimate)800
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (estimate per month)200
Background Check (annual estimate)88
1May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage

Funding Your Education

UAB Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information on Financial Aid, University Scholarships and other funding opportunities is available at:

UAB Office of Financial AID
Phone: (205) 934-4011

UAB School of Nursing Scholarships

  • The School of Nursing at UAB has an excellent scholarship program that provides financial support to Alabama’s best and brightest nursing students.
  • Currently, the School’s scholarship portfolio consists of 76 endowed scholarships and 3 active sponsored scholarships.
  • The school currently has an $10.1 million endowed fund that supports nursing scholarships annually.
  • Scholarships are awarded twice a year – spring and fall semesters. The scholarship application process is simple. One application is needed to be considered for all undergraduate or graduate scholarships.
  • Application and additional information can be found at

For Information about School of Nursing Scholarships, Contact:

Photo: Stephanie Hamberger
Director of Student Engagement,
Recruitment, and Scholarships
Office of Student Success

Fellowship, Traineeship, and Other Funding for Graduate Programs

There are a limited number of Graduate Fellowships and Traineeships that are awarded through the UAB School of Nursing that require students to meet specific requirements, and are only awarded when funds are available. When such funds are available in a particular program, students enrolled in the program will be notified and provided information on how to apply. Contact Ms. Laura Terpo (email:, Office of Academic Affairs for more information.

Nurse Faculty Loan

Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Funds are available to all DNP students who intend to assume a faculty position in a school of nursing upon completion of the degree. These funds are limited to payment of tuition and fees and other reasonable educational expenses. Contact Ms. Laura Terpo (email:, Office of Academic Affairs for more information.

Information for International Students

NOTE: Prospective International students must first contact UAB International Admissions to determine eligibility to study in the U.S. and/or submit an application for admission to UAB.

UAB International Admissions
Phone: (205) 934-4686
Fax: (205) 934-8664

The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the DNP Program.

F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableNot Eligible
College DegreeX - BSN Equivalent
Foreign Transcripts Evaluated**X
English ProficiencyX
U.S. RN LicenseX
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

Application Requirements

  • Prospective students must have a master’s degree in nursing equivalent to that offered by a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • For Graduate Clinical Programs such as the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, prospective students must also be licensed as a registered nurse in the U.S., in the state in which they will reside while completing the program.
  • International applicants must, as part of their application, provide a detailed course by course evaluation of their academic transcripts and verification of their academic credentials. Students may use one of the following firms for transcript evaluation; a report of the evaluation must be submitted directly to the UAB School of Nursing prior to admission decisions.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      P.O. Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
    • World Education Services
      Bowling Green Station
      P.O. Box 5087
      New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Applicants must complete and submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the application process. If the GRE was completed prior to application, only scores completed within the previous 5 years are accepted.
  • Completion of a formal admission interview.
  • Meet English language requirements. Students must submit scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) and achieve the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL iBT 80 and minimum of 18 in each of the 4 test sections, or
    • IELTS 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sections.