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). In many rural and underserved communities, CRNAs provide the only available anesthesia services. 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 Fall 2020. 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.

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  • A nursing degree (BSN or higher) from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to the one offered by the UAB School of Nursing
  • Active, unencumbered 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
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the science prerequisite courses, and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all science pre-requisite courses
  • At least one-year experience as an RN in a critical care setting
  • 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). Submit to UAB (code 1856)
  • A personal interview with the selection committee
  • If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service, complete a background check, and urine drug screening, and BLS/ACLS/PALS certification by the July interview, additionally CCRN (optional) may also be submitted.
    * There is no Waiver Process for the Nurse Anesthesia DNP pathway, a GRE exam is required.

Attrition Rate

The attrition rate for the class of 2018 was 4%.

NBCRNA Certification Pass Rates


Class of 2018

       First time NCE pass rate  87%
       Overall NCE pass rate: 100%
       Three year average first-time pass rate: 93%

Employment Rate

Employment rate within six months for the last graduating class is 100%.