About the Program 

The School of Nurse Anesthesia is affiliated with the Marshall University Brad D. Smith Schools of Business, which offers the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), in conjunction with the Nurse Anesthesia Program. The program offers a unique combination of advanced professional nurse anesthesia practice and entrepreneurial business management training. The goal of this program is to produce DNAP graduates who will become respected health care leaders who promote and enhance the delivery of cost efficient, high quality, evidence-based health care services to the public. 

The 36 month program is delivered in an integrated classroom and clinical format designed to prepare certified registered nurses for a career in the field of nurse anesthesia.  At the end of the program, graduates will have completed 127 hours of study and clinical practice as well as a doctoral scholarly project.  Students attend classes at the Marshall University South Charleston campus as well as CAMC’s medical facilities in Charleston. 


The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) 
10275 W. Higgins Road - Suite 906 
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603 
Main Number: 224-275-9130 
Email: accreditation@coacrna.org 

The COA is fully accredited by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Marshall University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; toll-free 1-800-621-7440) and the University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees. 

Licensure and Certification Requirements

Whereas accreditation applies to educational programs, licensure and certification applies to individuals. Our program prepares students for and makes them eligible to take the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam. Passing the NCE is required for employment as a CRNA and may also be required by each state to obtain licensure. Information regarding each state’s nurse practice act and regulatory requirements may be found here: https://www.aana.com/advocacy/state-government-affairs/state-legislative-and-regulatory-requirement

You can find additional requirements for practicing nurse anesthesia in each state on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.