Ranked among the best.
U.S. News & World Report ranks this specialty in the top 10 for programs of its kind.
The Nurse Anesthesia - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty is a full-time, 36-month plan of study that prepares students to provide anesthesia services to a diverse diagnostic and surgical population.
- The curriculum is offered in a multidisciplinary framework, with the majority of the didactic instruction completed during the first year.
- Some courses are web-based.
- Classes begin in June of each year.
During the second and third years of the program, students have the opportunity to attend clinical rotations in several renowned hospitals in the region, including:
- the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center
- Saint Agnes Hospital
- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
- the VA Medical Centers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
- and others for specialty rotations.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination (NCE) offered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
- The composite NCE pass rate for FY 2015 was 81% which included both first-time and repeat NCE test takers.
- In 2017 the first-time pass rate for UMB was 88 percent, with a 100 percent pass rate for second-time test-takers
- The attrition rate for the past three years is 4 percent, which is approximately one student per class.
The employment rate for the first DNP Nurse Anesthesia class of 2017 was 100% within the three months of graduation.
Our Doctor of Nurse Practice program has an option that fits your goals and experience, whether you 1) have your BSN, 2) have your master's in nursing or a related field, 3) are already a nurse practitioner, 4) are looking to change your specialty. Focus your energy and resources on only those courses that you need to achieve your goals. Learn more about our DNP pathways.
In this section:
|Semester and Course Number/Title||Credit/Clinical Hours|
|Summer Year 1|
|NURS 616: Chemistry of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 617: Technology & Physics of Nurse Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||3 credits|
|Fall Year 1|
|NURS 613: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NRSG 603: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I||3 Credits|
|NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan||4 Credits|
|NPHY 625: Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia||3 Credits|
|NRSG 785: Professional Writing||1 Credit|
|Spring Year 1|
|NURS 614: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II||3 credits|
|NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 615: Regional Anesthesia||2 Credits|
|NURS 604: Advanced Pharmacology II||3 Credits|
|Summer Year 2|
|NURS 834: Translation and Outcomes of Evidenced-Based Practice||3 Credits|
|NURS 654: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III||3 Credits|
|NDNP 804 Theory for Evidenced-based Practice||3 Credits|
|Fall Year 2|
|NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion||3 Credits|
|NURS 672: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia IV||3 Credits|
|NURS 637: Practicum I||4 Credits|
|Spring Year 2|
|NDNP 807: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care||2 Credits|
|NDNP 808: Information Systems and Technology Improvement/Transformation Health Care Practicum||1 Credit|
|NURS 810: Evidence-Based Health Policy||3 Credits|
|NDNP 810: DNP Project Identification||1 Credit|
|NURS 657: Practicum II||4 Credits|
|Summer Year 3|
|NURS 673: Practicum III||3 Credits|
|NDNP 811: DNP Project Development||1 Credit|
|NRSG 782: Health Systems Policy and Leadership||3 Credits|
|Fall Year 3|
|NDNP 812: DNP Project Implementation||1 Credit|
|NRSG 670: Anesthesia Seminar I||2 Credits|
|NURS 674: Practicum IV||4 Credits|
|NDNP 814: Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration||3 Credits|
|NDNP 817: Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (Practicum)||2 Credits|
|Spring Year 3|
|NURS 642: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia||1 Credit|
|NDNP 813: DNP Project Evaluation/Dissemination||1 Credit|
|NURS 675: Anesthesia Nursing Seminar II||3 Credits|
|NURS 676: Clinical Practicum V||4 Credits|
|NURS 616: Chemistry of Nurse Anesthesia||2|
|NURS 617: Technology & Physics of Nurse Anesthesia||2|
|NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology||3|
|NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Life Span||3 (135 hours)|
|NDNP 819: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span||4|
|NPHY 625: Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia||3|
|NRSG 603: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I||3|
|NURS 613: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia||3|
|NURS 604: Advanced Pharmacology II||3|
|NURS 614: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II||3|
|NURS 615: Regional Anesthesia||2|
|NURS 654: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III||3|
|NURS 637: Practicum I||4 (180 hours)|
|NURS 672: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia IV||3|
|NURS 657: Practicum II||4|
|NURS 673: Practicum III||3 (135 hours)|
|NRSG 670: Anesthesia Seminar I||2|
|NURS 674: Practicum IV||4 (180 hours)|
|NURS 642: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia||1|
|NURS 675: Anesthesia Nursing Seminar II||3|
|NURS 676: Clinical Practicum V||4|
Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.
UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your graduate education.
|Type of Aid||Award|
|Federal Financial Aid||various award amounts|
|Merit Scholarships||$1,500-$3,000 per semester
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
|Donor-Funded Scholarships||$500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
|Conway Scholarship||full scholarship: tuition and fees
(for those who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and who have at least half of their credit hours remaining)
|Graduate Assistantships||stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance|
All students receiving funds through the University, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- UMSON Federal Code: 002104
- FAFSA Deadline for Maryland Residents (state awards and scholarships): Feb. 28
- FAFSA Deadline: March 1
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Student Financial Assistance and Education Office is available to guide you through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.
UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | firstname.lastname@example.org
UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | email@example.com
In this section:
- Application Materials
- Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S
The Nurse Anesthesia specialty accepts applicants for the summer session only.
(All other specialties and the Post-Master's DNP option accept students for fall admission.)
For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all required application materials submitted by the deadlines listed below.
- Completed applications received after the priority deadline date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
- After the admissions committee file review, applicants may be invited to an on-campus interview.
- Applicants not selected for an interview will not be advanced to the next stage of applicant review.
Summer (Nurse Anesthesia specialty ONLY)
|Application Opens||April 1|
(We are no longer accepting applications or documentation summer 2019.)
Your online application and all supplemental application materials must be received by this date. We strongly recommend submitting the online application no later than Aug. 1 and then following through with the submission of all required documents.
|Application Review||Sept. through Oct.|
|Interviews||mid-Oct. through mid-Nov.|
|Admissions Decisions Announced||late Nov. through early Dec.|
Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.
On the application drop down list:
Two recommendations. Recommendations must come from sources knowledgeable about your work performance and experience. Only the first two recommendations received will be considered.
|Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.|
Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.
Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.
|Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.
Applicants are expected to submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following:
Describe why you want to receive a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree with a Nurse Anesthesia specialty, what motivated you to seek Nurse Anesthesia as a specialty, and what your plans are following your education.
|Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.
(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)
Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.
A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status.
Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.
Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form (required for post-master's option applicants only).
Complete the form and submit by mail to:
An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed.
- If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
- If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.
This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.
If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.
Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, associate professor
Assistant Specialty Director:
Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor
Richard P. Conley Jr., MS, CRNA, clinical instructor
Rose M. Delaney, program management specialist
Michelle Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, clinical instructor
Jacqueline Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director of clinical education
When is the application deadline for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty?
The deadline to have all of your application materials submitted and received is Sept.1. The application process has multiple steps, and applicants should review the application and document submission process prior to submitting any materials. We strongly recommend submitting the online application no later than Aug. 1 and then following through with the submission of all other required documents.
Do I need a master's degree to apply for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia specialty?
No. The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is part of the BSN to DNP program, which means you only need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university to apply.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants will be evaluated using UMSON's Doctor of Nursing Practice admissions requirements. In addition, at least one year of continuous full-time acute care nursing experience is required.
After submitting an application, selected applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview with Nurse Anesthesia specialty faculty members.
What should be included in the application essay?
Applicants are expected to submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following:
- Describe why you want to receive a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree with a Nurse Anesthesia specialty, what motivated you to seek Nurse Anesthesia as a specialty, and what your plans are following your education.
What type of work experience is required to be eligible to apply?
At least one year of continuous full-time acute care nursing experience is required at the time of application. We prefer experience in large, busy surgical or cardio-thoracic intensive care units. Nursing experience in ER, OR, PACU, NICU, step-down, or telemetry units do not meet this acute care experience requirement. In the past, the average work experience of our accepted applicants was five years.
What can I expect during the interview process?
During the interview process, you will interact with our faculty members and current students and take a tour of our simulation lab. You can expect to be at UMSON for approximately four hours. The interview will be in a panel format with Nurse Anesthesia specialty faculty members and/or clinical site coordinators.
Who should I ask to complete my reference letters?
At least one recommendation should be from your acute care unit manager or supervisor. This recommendation should address your overall work performance, team member activities, and experience with various critically-ill patients and techniques such as, but not limited to, central line monitoring, ventilator care, and infusion therapy. Candidates may submit a separate word document with the narrative of the recommendation.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
No. The GRE is not a requirement.
Do you require a Maryland nursing license to apply for the specialty?
No, Maryland licensure is not required to complete the application process. Applicants will be required to submit a RN license from the state in which they are currently working. Once applicants are accepted into the Nurse Anesthesia specialty, they will need to have and maintain both a Maryland license (or compact state) and a Washington, D.C. license.
Do you require CCRN certification for application or admission?
We do not require CCRN certification for admission. However, we strongly recommend certification.
How competitive is the application process?
The selection process is very competitive. The admissions committee evaluates applicants’ past academic performance, work experience, and letters of recommendation. The number of applicants varies each year.
How many students are accepted each year?
We generally accept up to 25 students each year.
Is there anything else I can do to strengthen my application?
We highly recommend that you spend several hours shadowing a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in your current workplace. Most anesthesia departments are happy to assist you with this experience.
Many applicants have found it helpful to take a graduate-level physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or research course before entering the program. You may take these courses at a university of your preference, however they are not required for admission. The University of Maryland School of Nursing allows you to transfer in two courses. Some of the recommended courses are NURS 790 and NRSG 795.
Can I work while I’m enrolled in this program?
The nurse anesthesia program is a rigorous and demanding full-time program. Students are enrolled in approximately 15 graduate credits per semester during the first year. The clinical education phase begins the second summer and is full-time, requiring 40-50 hours per week.
How can I get additional information?
You can get additional information about the specialty by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 410-706-1995. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of nurse anesthests, visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists websites.
The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia specialty is fully accredited through 2027 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs contact information is as follows:
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160