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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Will Launch Doctoral Program for Nurse Anesthetists


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) announces a nurse anesthesiology option available starting in May 2020 as part of the advanced practice track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Applications open August, 2019.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a doctor of nursing practice degree, be fully knowledgeable and skilled in administrating anesthesia to diverse populations, and be prepared to apply for certification as a registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

“We are incredibly excited to launch this new option and prepare nurses for one of the most critical roles in health care,” says Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON. “CRNAs are excellent patient advocates, exceptionally knowledgeable in science and technology, and reflect great diversity within our profession, both in terms of skills and demographics.”

Through the 36-month course of study, students will learn how to administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related services independently and as part of a team. They will train through real-world scenarios using state-of-the-art simulation and in interprofessional collaboration with peers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to practice leadership skills and systems-level thinking and see how nurse anesthetists operate within the entire health care team.

“Our program will really take a 21st-century approach to anesthesiology,” says Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, lead faculty for the new track and associate dean for practice, innovation, and leadership. “Students will learn cutting-edge techniques to enhance recovery after surgery and practice using multimodal approaches—some of the newest within the specialty—that produce better patient outcomes.”

The curriculum will consist of campus-based and online coursework and clinical experiences at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and partner institutions. Before graduation, students will administer more than 600 anesthetics in a wide variety of settings on patients across the lifespan and participate in more than 2,000 clinical hours to fully prepare them to enter the workforce.

In partnership with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the program will facilitate students to work with experienced anesthetists and anesthesiologists with multidisciplinary expertise. This will provide a diverse national and international patient case mix that is unique and dynamic to the Johns Hopkins medical community.  

“CRNAs across the Johns Hopkins Enterprise are enthusiastic and excited to welcome students into the perioperative arena exposing them to complex clinical cases and an environment that fosters quality patient-centered care and professional enrichment,” says Andrew Benson, DNP, CRNA, chief CRNA at Johns Hopkins.

“It’s especially important that we are launching the CRNA option as part of the DNP program,” adds Schoneboom. “Being prepared at the doctoral level is critical in today’s health care world and to ensuring the best job prospects for our students. With this degree and the growing demand for nurse anesthetists, our graduates will be well poised to enter the workforce thinking critically, leading, and quickly advancing.”

Upon approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the first cohort of the program will begin in summer 2020. Eligible applicants will be registered nurses who have a bachelor of science degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree and at least one year of full-time ICU or critical care experience, including certification.

Learn more about the program at: https://nursing.jhu.edu/academics/programs/doctoral/dnp/dnp-anesthesiology/index.html


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its graduate, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.eduand www.hopkinsnursing130.org.

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