Anesthesia simulation training in simulated OR setting during DNAP Program curriculum at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Nurse anesthetist education at Mayo Clinic

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A top 10

nurse-anesthesia program (U.S. News and World Report, 2022-2023)

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Postgraduate Degree Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the top nurse anesthesia programs in the country.

This CRNA postgraduate degree program is designed for certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNAs) with a master's degree. Applicants must have graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program or be currently employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic also offers the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program for those baccalaureate prepared nurses interested in becoming nurse anesthetists.

Choosing Mayo Clinic

The importance of nurse anesthesia education has been instilled in Mayo Clinic since the very beginning. Dr. William Worrall Mayo, Mayo Clinic’s founder, began educating nurse anesthetists in 1889, making Mayo Clinic's nurse anesthesia program the oldest, continuously operating program for nurse anesthesia in existence. We are inspired by our history and continue to evolve to serve the next generation of nurse anesthetists.

Program highlights include:

  • The ability to complete this program on a part-time basis over the course of up to five years.
  • Clinical experiences that only Mayo Clinic can provide. Learn and grow at the No. 1 hospital in the nation where you’ll collaborate with experts and have access to unmatched resources and opportunities.
  • Educators who are experts in anesthesiology. Faculty and mentors are practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. They are highly involved in clinical application and in tune with best practices and techniques, giving you a unique vantage point in your training.

When you successfully complete the program's coursework, including a Doctoral Scholarly Project, you are awarded a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) postgraduate degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, a part of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Next steps

Learn more about the prerequisites and apply

Explore what a nurse anesthetist does

A nurse anesthetist provides pain medication (anesthesia) care for patients before, during, and after surgery.

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Rochester, MN


Accreditation information

The DNAP Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is accredited (October 2013 to 2023) by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

For more information, see accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.