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 2019 class is September 15, 2018.
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.
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's 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: 3.80
Attrition rate (2017): 6.7%
Overall attrition (2009-2017): 13.8%
First-time test takers (2017): 79%
National average (2017): 82.6%
Overall pass rate (2009 - 2017): First-time test takers: 92.3%
Overall pass rate (2009 - 2017): 100%
Employed within six months of graduation: 100%
Overall employment rate within six months of graduation (2009 - 2017): 100%
|Full-Time Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Student||NC Resident Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
|Each Fall and Spring semesters (6 total)||$7,107*||$12,310.50*|
|Summer semester per credit charge||$594.53/credit hour||$662.53/credit hour|
|Total Tuition and Fees||$57,505.25*||$69,612.25**|
|Other Program-Related Fees|
|Self Evaluation Examination Fee||$160|
|AANA Associate Membership Fee||$200|
|Scrubs||$40 per set|
|Transportation Costs (clinical and conferences)||$8,000|
|ACLS, BCLS, PALS||$225|
|Professional Liability Insurance||$548|
|PC or MAC Laptop||$1,500|
|Other Program-Related Fees Total||$12,459.60|
|Total Estimated Program Costs||$69,964.85||$82,071.85|
*A tuition surcharge for anesthesia students is included in Total Program Costs above. Tuition rates may change during the course of the program. Fees include $1,111 for health insurance which may be waived by verifying coverage.
**The out-of-state total program tuition and fees estimate assumes students will apply and be eligible for in-state residency status after 3 consecutive semesters in the Nurse Anesthesia Program.A complete medical examination record is required of all students entering the University. All students are required to have the following current immunizations: diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccination, measles, mumps, rubella (“MMR”) vaccination, and polio vaccination. Evidence of the immunizations must be in the student’s records at the time of registration. In addition to the immunizations required by WCU, the Nurse Anesthesia Program will require current tuberculin skin testing (“PPD”), annual influenza vaccination and a hepatitis B series (or statement refusing the series). Some clinical sites may require proof of immunization.
In addition to the above expenses, the student should also consider housing, meals and loss of income during the educational period.
All expenses quoted on this page are subject to change without notice.
|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||Anesthesia Simulation Education Coordinator, Full Professor|
|Cheryl Johnson, DNP, CRNA||Assistant Professor|
|Lauren Stepp||Administrative Support Associate|