Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Anesthetist

Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia

College of Nursing

Program Overview

If you currently hold a BSN and are searching for a nurse anesthetist program that paves the way to a fulfilling career, earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This BSN to DNP program offers a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia, so you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to provide anesthesia care in advanced nursing practice settings. The curriculum incorporates a mix of required on-campus learning, remote learning, and synchronous and asynchronous courses.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $810

Out-of-State $885

Limited Residency


Admission Terms


*This figure is an estimation for budgeting purposes, approximating the sum of the maintenance fee, online support fee, library fee, program semester fee, and a proration of expected Nursing course fees and clinical fees. Please discuss cost of program and any related fees with college personnel, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Light the Way as a Nurse Anesthetist   

The BSN-DNP with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia program prepares you for a fulfilling career as a nurse anesthetist. You will have the opportunity to become a leader in complex healthcare settings by providing quality care to improve the health of patients.  

The curriculum is presented as a blend of teaching modalities, including twice a semester face-to-face learning intensives, synchronous and asynchronous courses. The in-person, on campus intensives provide students the opportunity to learn from their peers, outstanding faculty, and high fidelity simulation labs. The synchronous and asynchronous courses focus on evidence-based practice, policy, and leadership. Throughout the program, you will receive mentorship from a faculty chair as you develop, implement, and defend a scholarly project.  

The DNP program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous accrediting agency. The CCNE contributes to improving the public’s health while ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing.  

Become a leader in clinical nurse practice as a nurse anesthetist, and become a Vol Nurse! 

Featured Courses

Students enrolled in the DNP with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia program will take a range of advanced nursing courses, examples include: 

NURS: 635: General Principles of DNP Anesthesia I

Anesthesia care management exploration in homeostasis, disease states, and organ systems’ diagnostic and surgical procedures based on basic sciences, evidence-based practice, safety and quality’s conceptual frameworks.

NURS 622: Evidence-based Practice Improvement I

Introduces blended paradigms of evidence-based practice [EBP] and quality improvement [QI]. Focus on identification of problem/issue for Scholarly Project. 

NURS 638: DNP Anesthesia Seminar

Extensive exploration of standards of care, safety and quality, emerging issues, technological, economic and legal regulation, and critical appraisal of nurse anesthesia’s professional role.

NURS 604: Principles of Population Health

Exploration of concepts and competencies related to population health for advanced practice nursing.

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Ready to light the way in Nurse Anesthesia?