Nurse Anesthesia Specialization

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Advance your career.

Advance your nursing education and professional career by earning your terminal degree. 

The Nurse Anesthesia Specialization of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Murray State University educates baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses for a career as a Nurse Anesthetist. If you’re a Registered Nurse (RN) looking for more autonomy working with patients in an operating room, intensive care unit, or surgical facility, then becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) might be the perfect job for you. 

Blended distance learning format.

The blended distance learning format shortens your time on campus. The combination curriculum of online and distance study so you can learn from where you live and work. The first two semesters (Fall and Spring) of the program is 100% online. The remainder of study is taught in a hybrid format with core courses taught online with specialty courses delivered in a traditional face-to-face format at Baptist Health Madisonville, Madisonville, Kentucky or UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.

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Affordable competitive tuition.

Regardless of your location, you will pay in-state Kentucky tuition rates.

Students complete the degree in 36 months.

Doctoral tuition rates

Access to quality faculty who are expert anesthesia providers. .

The Nurse Anesthesia faculty are up-to-date in current practice and have many years of experience as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Our graduates are successful.

Diverse clinical experiences. 

The clinical experiences offered by Baptist Health/Murray State University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares graduates to practice as independent CRNAs. Students are provided with opportunities to complete clinical experiences in diverse settings with a specialized focus on rural settings.

 The average number of cases for Class of 2018 was 1,120 which is above the required amount. Students feel that the clinical experiences are diverse and that they are well prepared for practice as a CRNA.

NBCRNA Certification Pass Rates

There were 19 graduates of the 2019 DNP cohort.  Murray State University NBCRNA certification pass rates for first-time test takers are as follows:

  • 2019: (first attempt): 94%
  • 2019 (second attempt):  100%
    All students in the 2019 Cohort were successful on the first or second attempt. 

  • 2020: (first attempt): 73%
  • 2019 (second attempt):  87%
    100% of 2020 graduates successfully completed the NCE within 60 days of program completion.

Attrition Rates

The NA program's current student attrition rates are as follows:

  • Class of 2019 - 6%
  • Class of 2020 - 16%

Employment Rates within 6 months of graduation

  • The employment rate for the 2019 graduating class was 100%


Murray State University/Baptist Health Madisonville Program of Anesthesia DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs accredited by: Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Expiration Date: Fall 2021
Next site visit: Spring 2021

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-728-8128


What’s next?

Connect with our faculty to learn more. We’re here to help answer any questions you may have!

Ready to apply?

Applying is easy! Apply for Murray State University Graduate Admission first, then apply to the DNP program.Deadline for application for Fall admission is November 1. 

Contact us today.

Dr. Katy Garth
Graduate Coordinator