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  • Nurse Anesthesia

    Make Patient Safety Real.

    Learn why the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia has been consistently ranked as the nation’s No. 1 program for the nurse anesthesia specialty by U.S. News & World Report.

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  • The entry to practice DNAP at the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia.

    DNAP, entry-to-practice

    Become a CRNA. Earn your DNAP.

    Enjoy a hybrid of both on- and off-campus sessions while continuing to work full time during the first two semesters. Gain the requirements necessary to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and earn a practice-oriented doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP).

    DNAP, entry-to-practice
  • Sue Wright in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at VCU.

    DNAP, post-master's

    A DNAP for working CRNAs.

    Become a leader in Nurse Anesthesia and earn a practice-oriented doctoral degree. Enjoy the flexibility of one- to three-year completion options, with both off- and on-campus sessions.

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  • NAFA

    CE for CRNAs.

    For over 40 years, Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates (NAFA) has been a recognized leader in offering continuing education opportunities, delivering the highest Quality, Value and Service available to anesthesia providers across the country.


students in Simulation Center

Earn your DNAP.

At VCU, we train Registered Nurses to administer anesthesia across a variety of fast-changing healthcare environments. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, professionals must be prepared to deal swiftly with changes in technology and healthcare, our aging and diverse population, and always have a focus on improving quality and keeping patients safe. 

Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates (NAFA)

For over 40 years, NAFA has been the continuing education conference of choice for CRNAs around the country. Led by the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia, NAFA offers nationally known speakers, exciting travel destinations, and delivers the highest Quality, Value, and Service available to anesthesia providers. We also now offer online learning through NAFA Now.

Learn the stories of VCU Nurse Anesthesia.

The Department of Nurse Anesthesia at VCU is a recognized leader within the Nurse Anesthesia specialty. We have pioneered the development of a national patient safety curriculum, utilizing state-of-the-art simulation technology as well as other cutting-edge initiatives to improve anesthesia care. We created as a place to share the stories of our students, alumni and faculty.

Recent News

  • A group photo in front of the VCU Nurse Anesthesia logo
    50th Anniversary Celebration
    Apr 30, 2019

    Over 150 alumni, faculty, staff and students celebrated the Department of Nurse Anesthesia's 50th Anniversary on Friday, April 5, 2019.

  • Tim Newell, DNAP, CRNA ('14/'15)
    Oct 19, 2018

    Congratulations to VCU alumnus, Tim Newell, DNAP, CRNA ('14/'15) who is the newly elected Director of VANA District 5!