The School of Nursing offers a BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in Nurse Anesthesia. The 36-month program requires a minimum of 86 course credits, including core courses and anesthesia specialty courses. The program integrates research, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and anesthesia principles and prepares students for the national certification examination. Complete course descriptions can be found in the current WCU Graduate Catalog. The application deadline for the May 2018 class is September 15, 2017.
Highly qualified applicants may be reviewed and offered early acceptance prior to the application deadline. Classes are typically filled following the application deadline. Pending seat availability, highly qualified applicants may be reviewed and offered admission beyond the application deadline.
Clinical innovations include:
Please visit our Admissions page for complete details on admissions requirements. General requirements include:
The mission of the Nurse Anesthesia Program is congruent with the mission of the School of Nursing and Western Carolina University.
The Nurse Anesthesia Program mission is to create an academic center of teaching and learning excellence for the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice. The program seeks to promote clinical scholarship and life-long learning and aims to support skilled and ethical service to our communities. Through nurse anesthesia research, education, and practice, students and faculty will seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.
Our purpose is to prepare outstanding nurse anesthetists by fostering an educational environment where scholarly thinking, dialogue, creativity and ideas flourish. The Western Carolina University Nurse Anesthesia Program will be concerned about excellence and high quality education in the development of nurse anesthesia leaders in practice, education, and research.
Average Pre-admission Overall GPA: 3.60
Most recent graduating class (May 2016): 13.3%
Overall attrition (2009-2016): 14.7%
Most recent graduating class (May 2016): First-time test takers: 100%
National average (2016): 84.5%
Overall pass rate (2009 - 2016): First-time test takers: 93.9%
Overall pass rate (2009 - 2016): 100%
Most recent graduating class (May 2016), employed within six months of graduation:
Overall employment rate within six months of graduation (2009 - 2016): 100%
|Faculty / Staff Member||Title|
|Shawn Collins, DNP, PhD, CRNA||Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program; Associate Professor|
|Ian Hewer, MSN, MA, CRNA||Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program; Assistant Professor|
|James Holleman, MD||Assistant Professor|
|Mark Kossick, DNSc, CRNA||Graduate Anesthesia Simulation Education Coordinator, Full Professor|
|Cheryl Johnson, DNP, CRNA||Assistant Professor|
|Lauren Stepp||Administrative Support Associate|