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The US Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for nearly 50 years. The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) graduates began earning a Masters Degree through University-based affiliations in 1981. The USAGPAN produces the majority of the active duty Army CRNAs and provides specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that graduates are qualified to deploy in times of war, civil disorder, natural disasters or for humanitarian missions.

Successful completion of this 36 month program now culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and qualification to take the Certification Exam for Nurse Anesthetists. The initial didactic portion of the training is conducted at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

The USAGPAN provides student instruction in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making. Army nurse anesthetists are often sole anesthesia providers and have to rely on their skills and training in stressful environments. The USAGPAN is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). 

USAGPAN Advantages

  • Fully Funded (tuition is paid)
  • Earn a salary and benefits as a United States Army Officer during school
  • Exceptional education and support
  • 100% job placement upon graduation in an Army medical facility


The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing's mission is to produce leaders in medicine who are grounded in evidence based practice, competence, professionalism, communication, lifelong learning, and the social context of medicine.  Our graduates are independent leaders in anesthesia nursing prepared at the doctoral level whose focus is to improve and sustain the highest standards of practice and foster a healthcare environment that improves the lives of all entrusted to their care.