The program seeks to graduate self-motivated, independent, professional Nurse Anesthetists. Over 97% (252/261 total students) of our graduates since 1993 have passed the national certification exam on the first attempt and 99.7% (260/261) for all certification exam takers. For the most recent graduating class in 2015, 93% (13/14) of students passed the certification exam on the first attempt and 100% (14/14) passed the exam by the second attempt. Employment rate (within six months of graduation) for the class of 2015 was 100%, which is consistent with Truman Medical Center’s rich tradition for employment rate. Additionally, employer surveys of our graduates consistently rate UMKC/TMC-educated CRNAs “good” or “excellent,” and all 100% indicate that they would recommend hiring another UMKC/TMC graduate.
Anesthesia is an exciting profession for the RN seeking a demanding, advanced practitioner field. Our program has been training CRNAs since 1950, and providing a graduate degree framework since 1978. Transition to the Doctoral degree (DNP) greatly enhances our graduate education and will ensure that our graduates attain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice at the highest level into the 21st century.