Program description

Nurse Anesthesia program

Dr. William Worrall Mayo, the founder of Mayo Clinic, began nurse anesthesia education in 1889. Mayo Clinic's nurse anesthesia program is the oldest continuously operating school of nurse anesthesia.

The practice of nurse anesthesia at Mayo Clinic involves the management of a patient's anesthetic care by a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Most anesthetics are provided within the care team environment.

When you successfully complete the Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Postgraduate Degree Program, you will possess the knowledge to:

  • Critically evaluate and appraise research
  • Utilize technology to improve patient outcomes
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice principles into anesthetic care
  • Evaluate health care systems and environments for feasibility of clinical practice change
  • Participate in interprofessional and intraprofessional collaboration to affect practice improvement and enhanced patient outcomes
  • Participate in efforts to improve health policy and health care access for various patient populations

At the conclusion of your DNAP education, you will continue to provide safe, high-quality preanesthetic preparation, patient assessment, anesthesia induction, maintenance, emergence, post-anesthesia care and transfer of care communication.


The DNAP Program at Mayo 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

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester (Saint Marys Campus and Methodist Campus), and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

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


For the majority of the CRNA postgraduate degree program, the learning schedule varies according to your academic schedule and research project commitments. DNAP ''Essentials'' courses are offered in a hybrid distance education format, which requires being present on campus approximately two days a month.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits a selected number of CRNA students in its DNAP Postgraduate Degree Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This varying number ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close instruction.

Jan. 13, 2014