DNAP Program student working in OR during clinical experience at Mayo Clinic
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A top 10

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

The 39-month Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the best nurse anesthesia programs in the country. Building upon the foundation of your knowledge and experiences as an R.N., this program provides the educational and clinical experiences needed to propel you to be a leader in your field.

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:

  • Clinical experiences that only Mayo Clinic can provide. Learn and grow at the No. 1 hospital in the nation where you’ll have access to unmatched resources and opportunities.
  • Collaboration with the experts. Faculty and mentors are practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). They are highly involved in clinical practice and application. They are in tune with best practices and techniques, giving you a unique vantage point in your training.
  • Aside from your off-campus rotations, all didactic and clinical experiences are completed on the same campus, within a one-mile radius.

After successfully completing the program's didactic and clinical coursework and completing a scholarly project you are awarded a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, a part of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Portrait photo of Daniel King, alumni of DNAP Program at Mayo Clinic

Student stories

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

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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Next steps

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Accreditation and program 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
10275 W. Higgins Rd.,
Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
Phone: 224-275-9130

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Program benchmarks

Each year, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program records program benchmark data in accordance with accreditation standards.

Program handbook

For program information, policies/guidelines, curriculum, and more, download the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program Handbook.