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) 
222 S. Prospect Avenue 
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001 
Main Number: 847-655-1160 
Fax: 847-692-7137 
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.