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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia


Become a nurse anesthetist through the top-ranked DNP program at Johns Hopkins. Students learn to administer anesthesia to a diverse population of patients across the lifespan and in a wide array of clinical settings. Graduates are prepared to translate evidence-based practice into care and drive health care innovation.


Students learn from faculty who are leaders in nurse anesthesia through a curriculum that will consist of campus-based and online coursework and clinical experiences at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and partner institutions. Practice under real-world conditions using state-of-the-art simulation technology, and train in interprofessional teams with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Students learn a comprehensive curriculum that includes advanced preparation for the certification exam.


After successful completion of the 36-month curriculum, students will be eligible to apply for certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) through the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Certification to be a CRNA requires a passing score on the national certification exam administered by the NBCRNA.

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Council on Accreditation Accredited

Become a nurse anesthetist, consistently ranked one of U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 best jobs since 2016. The DNP Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthesiology track prepares students to administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related services independently and as a team member through a curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based practice, leadership skills and systems-level thinking. Graduates become sought-after members of anesthesia departments and professional organizations; they are prepared to respond to the changing technology and health care policy landscape, and manage anesthesia needs across our aging and diverse population. Students will become associate members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

This BSN to DNP or post-BSN to DNP program is designed for RNs with at least 1 year of full-time ICU or critical care experience. The program is also appropriate for RNs with an entry level MSN who have the required ICU or critical care experience. 

DNP Final Project

DNP graduates remain in practice, leading cross-professional teams in the improvement and provision of informed quality healthcare. The knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct such work is developed across the program and applied in the conduct of the DNP final project.  The DNP final project is the student’s original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.

Project Requirements       DNP Projects

Additional Information

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Priority Application Deadlines

Summer Entry
October 1

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Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or an entry-level nursing master's degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of current unencumbered RN nursing licensure
  • Students must have or obtain an unencumbered Maryland RN (or licensure from a compact state)
  • One year of full-time RN experience in an ICU or critical care setting at the time of application
  • Certification as a critical care nurse (CCRN) at the time of application
  • Three letters of recommendation, one academic, two professional (one from direct supervisor and one preferably from anesthesia provider)*
  • Official transcripts (from all previous colleges/universities)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • A written statement of advance practice goals,including reason for interest in Johns Hopkins
  • GRE scores are accepted but not required
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.


Take at Hopkins Nursing.
  • Undergraduate Statistics
  • Undergraduate Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry *

*This prerequisite course must be complete at the time of application.

Courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better. Grade of B- will not be accepted. It is recommended but not required that applicants have taken these courses within the last five years.

Additional Information

Student Sponsorship

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

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This is a hybrid program. The first year of the program is online and can be completed at a distance* (with 1-2 on-site immersion experiences in Adv Health Assessment).  All students are required to be on campus beginning Summer Year 2 of the Plan of Study. Program may be completed in 88 credits.

Plan of Study

3 Year Plan

  • Summer I (11 Credits)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (4)*
    • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Across the Lifespan (2)*
    • Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesiology Practice (3) *
    • Health Finance (2)*
  • Fall I (10 Credits)
    • Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice (3)*
    • Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology (4)*
    • Advanced Health Assessment and Measurement (3)*
  • Spring I (10 Credits)
    • Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesiology (3) *
    • Advanced Physiology/Patho for Nurse Anesthesiology (4) *
    • The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice (3)*
  • Summer II (9 Credits)
    • Nurse Anesthesiology Principles I (2)
    • Introduction to Anesthesia Equipment, Technology, and Clinical Practice (2)
    • Problem Discovery (1)*
    • Human Anatomy (4)
  • Fall II (9 Credits)
    • Nurse Anesthesiology Principles II (3)
    • Clinical Residency I (3 days clinical/week) (3)
    • Nursing Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice (3)*
  • Winter Intercession II (1 credit)
    • Clinical Residency II (4 days clinical/week) (1)
  • Spring II (9 Credits)
    • Nurse Anesthesiology Principles III (2)
    • Clinical Residency III (4 days clinical/week) (3)
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)*
    • Project Advancement (1)*
  • Summer III (10 Credits)
    • Nurse Anesthesiology Principles IV (2)
    • Clinical Residency IV (4 days clinical/week) (4)
    • Project Application (1)*
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (3)*
  • Fall III (10 Credits)
    • Seminars in Nurse Anesthesiology I (3)
    • Clinical Residency V (4 days clinical/week) (4)
    • Project Evaluation and Dissemination (1)*
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)*
  • Winter Intercession III (1 credit)
    • Clinical Residency VI (4 days clinical/week) (1)
  • Spring III (8 Credits)
    • Seminars in Nurse Anesthesiology II (3)
    • Clinical Residency VII (4 days clinical/week) (3)
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care (2)*

*Distance education course (48 Credits)

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Tuition & Other Costs

Estimated Expenses

(May 2021 - April 2022)

Tuition: $57,1051 (full-time per year)
Health Fee: $849
Matriculation fee: $500 (one time only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Health Insurance: $4,3572
Total Billed Expenses: $62,811

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: $21,024
Books & Supplies: $1,500
Loan fees: $1,819
Personal Expenses: $2,868
Travel Expenses: $5,112
Total Expenses: $95,134

1Full-time: 9 credits or more per semester. Less than 9 credit hours per semester is billed at $2,1115 per credit.

2All students must have health coverage.  Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.

3Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Annual costs generally increase by 3%.  Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

State Authorization Disclosure

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can serve as a reference?
    Three letters of recommendation are required. One from a current supervisor/manager who completes your performance evaluation and is knowledgeable of your work performance and experience. One from an academic educator who can attest to your academic ability and your potential to complete the program. And one from an anesthesia provider who can convey your potential to become a CRNA (preferably from a CRNA). References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student, current supervisors/managers and anesthesia providers who know you as a professional in a job setting. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.
  • Do I need experience in an intensive care unit (ICU) or would experience in other areas qualify?
    At least one year (preferably two years) of current, full time ICU experience is required at time of application. Trauma ICU, CVICU and/or surgical ICU experience is preferred. Other intensive care areas that are acceptable include: neuro ICU, burn ICU, PICU, NICU, MICU, and CCU.
  • Can I gain experience in another critical care setting other than the ICU?
    A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
  • Do I need a bachelor’s degree in nursing to be considered?
    A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in nursing is required at time of application. The program is designed for BSN or entry-level MSN nurses.
  • Do I need to move to Baltimore to complete the program?
    It is recommended that you live in or near Baltimore. The program is rigorous and demanding. All classes and most clinical sites are in Baltimore.
  • Do you require a MD license to apply for the program?
    A MD license is not required at time of application. However, you must have a current, unencumbered RN license to practice in the United States. You will be required to obtain an unencumbered MD RN license prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Do you require CCRN certification for application or admission?
    CCRN certification is required at time of application.
  • Will I complete all of my clinical training at Johns Hopkins Medical Center?
    Currently, we have four clinical sites to which students will rotate: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida .
  • Will I be able to work part-time during the program?
    Due to the intensity, rigor, and demand of the program employment is strongly discouraged. At no time may a student be employed as an anesthesia provider.
  • I have completed graduate-level coursework at another institution. Is it possible to transfer these courses if I am admitted to the program?
    A maximum of six graduate-level semester credit hours can be applied to SON programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for course(s) previously taken from outside the School of Nursing. Course(s) must have been completed within five years of starting the degree program at JHSON.

    The following SON courses are eligible for transfer review:

    • NR210.606 Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice
    • NR210.607 Context of Health Care for Advanced Nursing Practice
    • NR210.608 The Research Process and Its Application to Evidence-Based Practice
    • NR210.609 Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice
    • NR210.610 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction across the Lifespan

    Students wishing to transfer any course from inside or outside the university must have earned a minimum grade of B in the course. The request to transfer credit must be concluded prior to the second semester registration period. If a student needs to take a course outside JHU once they have matriculated at the SON, they must obtain preauthorization prior to registering for the course.

    Students who have taken graduate core courses at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing within the last five years do not need to complete the Transfer of Graduate Credit form.

  • Where do graduates work after completing the program?
    Graduates of the program will be prepared to the fullest scope of nurse anesthesia practice and to work independently or within an anesthesia team setting.
  • How many students are accepted in each cohort?
    Up to 25 students will be accepted in each cohort.
  • Should I observe the role of a CRNA before I apply?
    It is highly recommended that you observe a CRNA prior to applying to the program. If possible, you should spend an entire shift observing the CRNA to get an idea of what a typical day may be like. The Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital has a mentorship program for nurses who are interested in becoming a CRNA. Request an opportunity to shadow a CRNA at
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Funding Opportunities

Scholarships & Grants

Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.

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Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.


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