Online BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track

College of Nursing
An advanced practice specialty track for BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice students interested in becoming a CRNA.

Ohio State's BSN to DNP program's Nurse Anesthesia specialty track allows nurses with critical care experience to advance their skills and career toward becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). This 36-month nursing anesthesia program will enable you to earn your master's degree and DNP degree while learning how to provide the best care to patients in any setting where anesthesia is provided.

Unlike other CRNA programs, this anesthesia nursing program allows you to learn and train in Ohio State's Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center. Specifically, it focuses on expanding access to skilled anesthesia in medically underserved rural areas across Ohio.

Campus Requirements: Intermittent, pre-scheduled on-campus skill and simulation intensives will be required. All clinical sites are in Ohio. 

Class Format: Hybrid learning format – Synchronous online courses and in-person intensives.  

Credit Hours Required: 110  

Cost Per Credit Hour: $1,002.38 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Nursing 

  • An active RN license 

  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study 

  • Completion of prerequisite course with a B- or higher 

  • A minimum of 1-year full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting.

Time to Completion: 36 months of full-time study, including summers. 

A headshot of smiling John Welch, DNP, APRN-CRNA wearing a gray shirt and round glasses.
John Welch
Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice
"Empathy is as important to a nurse anesthetist as scientific knowledge. That will be the foundation, what we want our students to finish with: that deep empathy, while also having new advanced technical skills."

Sample Courses


Foundations of Evidence Based Practice

To distinguish the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) integral to the DNP role. The focus is on identifying and understanding when to utilize evidence-based processes and implementation, dissemination, and sustainability strategies to improve practice and policy influencing healthcare outcomes.

Evidenced Based Quality Improvement for the DNP

Explore the theoretical foundations and application of quality improvement methods, tools and strategies needed to increase organizational effectiveness. Focuses on measurement and accountability in health care delivery systems through the examination and analysis of data, structures, processes, and outcomes. Prepares students to lead and practice in organizations.

Health Informatics and Technology for the DNP

This course will apply information and communication technologies and informatics processes to nursing practice. It will address skills needed to assess, evaluate, and optimize health information systems/technology to support communication, the delivery of high-quality care, and improvement of population health. These components emphasize the design and implementation of health care technology.

Pathophysiology of Altered Health States

Analysis of theories and research regarding alterations of health states across the life span with an emphasis on pathophysiological processes.

Featured Faculty

Associate Clinical Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice

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