College of Health Professions

  • 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.


    Making Patient Safety Real
  • The entry to practice DNAP at the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia. [View Image]

    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. [View Image]

    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.


    CRNA CE

'I Knew This Was the School for Me'

What's life like at VCU Nurse Anesthesia? Hear from two of our students and their take on the program, the faculty, and how our new building and state-of-the-art simulation lab is propelling their career in nurse anesthesia.

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 MakingPatientSafetyReal.vcu.edu as a place to share the stories of our students, alumni and faculty.

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Virginia Commonwealth University
College of Health Professions
Nurse Anesthesia

VCU College of Health Professions

900 E. Leigh Street
Box 980233
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone: (804)828-9808
Fax: (804)828-0581
Email: nrsa@vcu.edu

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