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Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) offer a collaborative program through which registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing have the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to begin practice as a professional nurse anesthetist. Students completing this program graduate with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia and are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification’s (NBCRNA) National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of the exam qualifies the graduate to use the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice component of the program is accredited through UNC Charlotte by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K St. NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 until June of 2028.

The nurse anesthesia component of the program is accredited through Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Accreditation from the Council has been granted through October 2024. Additional contact information for the COA is listed below:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
10275 W. Higgins Road, Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018
Main Number: 224-275-9130
Fax: 847-692-7137
Website Address:

To view a list of all programs accredited by the COA click here.

New classes begin in the summer of each year, concurrent with the academic calendar at UNC Charlotte (UNCC). To learn more, please visit UNCC Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia.

UNC Charlotte and Carolinas Medical Center are committed to equality of educational opportunity. The Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program/UNCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or any other factor protected by law.

Contact information for the CMC Nurse Anesthesia Program:

CMC Nurse Anesthesia Program
2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC  28217
Phone: 704-355-2375
Fax: 704-355-2386

View program information for CMC Nurse Anesthesia

Contact information for UNC Charlotte:

UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-7994
Fax: 704-687-6017

View application information for both programs

Quick Facts about the Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • One class per year (starts in summer semester)
  • 24 students per class
  • Graduating class of May 2024          
    • 94% graduation rate
    • 6% attrition rate
    • 100% (17/17) National Certification Exam pass rate on first attempt*
    • 100% job placement within six months of graduation
  • 5-Year National Certification Exam Pass Rate
    • 99% first time test takers pass rate
    • 100% National Certification Exam pass rate on retake

*Achievement of program expected outcome

Program Expected Outcome

National Certification Exam Criteria:

90% of the average first time test takers pass rate for the last 3 graduating classes as verified by the certification report from the COA will pass the NCE on the first attempt.


COA reports an 84% first-time test taker pass rate over the past 3 years. Ninety percent of the average equals 75%.

Outcome: MET