Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Central’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program strives to train critical care nurses to become highly proficient nurse anesthesia practitioners. The demand for nurse anesthesia practitioners will increase dramatically in the coming years and, beginning in 2025, all entry-level nurse anesthetists must possess an earned doctoral degree in anesthesia.

In collaboration with Yale New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia and Integrated Anesthesia Associates' Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford, our DNAP provides a practice-based doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia that will enable critical care registered nurses to become either certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) or, for those possessing a master’s degree, to acquire a doctoral degree. Our program prepares practitioners to become leaders and experts in anesthesia care by providing a curriculum that includes an expanded understanding of evidence-based medicine, advanced sciences, bioethics, healthcare policy, and patient safety.

Contact Information

Rachel Rachler
Associate Professor
Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Nicolaus Copernicus Hall