Virginia Commonwealth University

About Us

Welcome to the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) located on the Medical College of Virginia Campus in the "City of Monuments," Richmond, Virginia. Ranked as the best graduate nurse anesthesia program in the nation by US News and World Report, the Department is one of nine in the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University. Please enjoy this video describing aspects of the program.

First organized in 1969, the Department of Nurse Anesthesia has a long and proud heritage of educating high quality professional nurse anesthetists. In fact, the Department was first in the nation to offer a Masters Degree in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) over 23 years ago and the first in the nation to develop and implement the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree in 2006.

Eight academic nurse anesthesia faculty (seven holding doctoral degrees), work in concert with over 150 adjunct faculty, 4 staff members and over 40 clinical affiliated training sites to offer a 72 credit hour 7 semester MSNA program of study. The DNAP is offered in two formats: A 33-credit post- masters program for CRNAs who wish to expand their knowledge in the areas of patient safety, evidence-based practice, education, and leadership. An optional combined degree program (MSNA-DNAP) is available for students matriculating in the master's program that can be completed by adding 1 additional semester of study to the MSNA program. This additional semester is offered in a hybrid format allowing CRNAs to graduate, take their national certification exams, and begin work while completing their DNAP degree.

The nurse anesthesia program of study is offered on four campuses: one in Richmond, Virginia, the second in Abingdon Virginia, the third in Roanoke Virginia and the fourth in Northern Virginia, via distance learning. Through the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department also offers a unique distance learning Ph.D. program of study in Health Related Sciences for nurse anesthetists.

"Chairman, Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro directing human simulation training with VCU President Michael Rao.
The Department of Nurse Anesthesia is home to the Center for Research in Human Simulation, a state-of-the-art
laboratory featuring multiple simulation technologies including 2 full body patient simulators."