University of Kansas CRNA School

University of Kansas CRNA School

3100 McCormick
Wichita, KS 67213-2097

Contact Information:

Phone: 316-942-4291
Url: website


Sharon Niemann

Program Summary:

The University of Kansas’ Nurse Anesthesia Program provides its students with a comprehensive, 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Registered nurses that have gained admission into this program will receive extensive anesthesia education in both the didactic and clinical portions of the nurse anesthesia school. They on average have 80-100 applicants per year, and only admit 24 students to each class. You must have at least one year of experience in acute care by the time you enroll in their anesthesia program. All the top Nurse Anesthetist Programs in the country can be easily compared on our school search page. There you will find school summaries for each of the 113 accredited CRNA programs in the US.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1966
Ranking: 2.7 out of 5.0
Attrition Rate: 4.167%
Tuition: approx. $50,000-$75,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: 95%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Require a bachelor’s degree but that degree can be in any appropriate discipline. Appropriate alternate degrees might be in respiratory care, biological sciences, health care administration, pharmacology, psychology, sociology, etc. Applicants with an alternative degree must still be an RN and have two years experience as an RN including one year of ICU experience.
  • Work Experience: 1 year of experience in critical care by the time you enroll in the program. Accepted: Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU) , Long Term Acute Care, ICU, Neurosurgical/ Nueroscience, Neurocritical Care (NSICU), Pediatric ICU (PICU), Flight Nursnig: may qualify. Not accepted: Cardiac catherization labs, Long term acute care,Neonatal ICU, PACU
  • GPA: Overall GPA and science GPA must be a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE: Not required. Scores not considered.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended)


There are six prerequisite courses:
1.Chemistry (A)
2.Chemistry (B)


The entire interview process at the University of Kansas has been known to be several hours long. All applicants will be afforded the opportunity to meet with staff and students. You will be able to answer any questions that you may have and they will also have questions of you. You should plan on spending 3 hours at the school. Historically it has been more meet and greet based interview, however they do give a written test.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



36 months


The first year: mostly classroom-based at the KU Medical Center and provides the foundation of the essential basic sciences and the fundamentals of anesthesia practice. During this time, a fund of academic knowledge is provided to prepare the student for successful clinical practice. Students are also introduced to the clinic through skills labs, observation and a novice phase in the operating room.During the final two years: students are based in the clinic while continuing didactic coursework mostly online. Web-based classes allow students to continue didactic instruction throughout their clinical experience. This makes possible better integration of theory with practice. During the third year of the program, students are also assigned to other clinical affiliates, several of which are out of town.

Clinical Sites:

Cardiac-thoracic / Invasive Hemodynamic/ Line Insertions University of Kansas Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Care
Community hospital – general surgical
Centerpoint Medical Center
Menorah Medical Center
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
CRNA-only Practice
Rural Anesthesia
Golden Valley Memorial Hospital
William Newton Hospital
Obstetrical with Regional Anesthesia
Golden Valley Memorial Hospital
Hastings Indian Medical Center
Irwin Army Community Hospital
William Newton Hospital
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Regional/Pain Management
McBride Clinic Orthopedic Hospital

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools