Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice providers with specialized training in anesthesia care. These highly skilled professionals begin their journey by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), followed by 3-6 years of experience in critical care intensive care units. They then complete a three-year postgraduate program to receive a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). This comprehensive education spans an average of 10-16 years, focusing on nursing, critical care, and anesthesiology.

More than 60 CRNAs at UVA collaborate with MD anesthesiologists to deliver anesthesia care to a diverse range of patients across various settings, including hospitals, surgical centers, and military medical facilities. They are adept at administering anesthesia, monitoring patients during procedures, and managing pain relief, ensuring patients experience minimal discomfort and optimal safety. CRNAs play a crucial role in the healthcare system, leveraging their extensive training and clinical expertise to provide high-quality, independent anesthesia care.


UVA Anesthesiology Department