BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program

Anesthesia student


The Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program prepares students both clinically for nurse anesthesia practice as well as for leadership and program development. The 36-month, full-time program is taught at the Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park location in Asheville, North Carolina.

Clinical innovations for both programs include:

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.

Accreditation Information

The Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA). Initial accreditation was received in May 2017. The COA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by both the United States Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In October, 2007, the MS(N) Nurse Anesthesia program was awarded initial accreditation through October, 2012. In October, 2012, the MS(N) Nurse Anesthesia Program received a 10 year continuation of accreditation through October 2022. ( AANA, 222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050). Click here to visit the COA website.

Learn more about admission to the program and our faculty and staff, or contact us directly with your questions.

The Post-Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program curriculum requires a minimum of 86 credit hours. Complete course descriptions can be found in the current WCU Graduate Catalog.

Please visit our Admissions page for complete details on admissions requirements. General requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours
  • Minimum one year full-time critical care experience
  • Successful completion of statistics, general chemistry and research
  • Competitive GRE score
Full-Time Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Student   NC Resident Tuition and Fees  
Out-of-State Resident 
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    
 Application Fee  $65  
 Graduation Fee  $60  
 Self Evaluation Examination Fee  $160  
 AANA Associate Membership Fee $200  
 Textbooks  $1,800  
 Stethoscope  $200  
 Earpiece  $75  
 Lab Coat  $40  
 Precordial Stethoscope  $20  
 PDA  Optional  
 Scrubs  $40 per set  
 Transportation Costs (clinical and conferences)  $8,000  
 Certification Examination  $725  
 ACLS, BCLS, PALS  $225  
 Professional Liability Insurance  $548  
 Health Insurance  $4,000  
 Background Check  $20  
 Medatrax  $210  
 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. 

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