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Mission Statement:  The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) supports the Health Readiness Center of Excellence (HRCoE) mission by producing clinicians educated in the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and competent in the unique skills of anesthesia nursing. The graduate nurse anesthetist is prepared to function as a leader advocating for quality patient care in times of peace, and when necessary, in times of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian missions. 

The U.S. Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for nearly 50 years.  Since 1969, Army graduates have earned graduate degrees through University based affiliations. USAGPAN currently produces virtually all active duty Army CRNAs and provides specialized training in regional and field anesthesia to ensure students are mission-ready.         
USAGPAN consists of two phases: a 12 month didactic phase located here at Fort Sam Houston, TX followed by a 24 month clinical phase at one of these sites. The program is open to Active Duty Army and Air Force, Reserve, and Civilian Applicants.  

Successful completion of this 36 month program results in Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree awarded from the Northeastern University School of Nursing.

The US Army Graduate Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  The U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing received a 10 year accreditation on October 24, 2011 from the COA.  The COA is located at 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160.  This program's next review by the COA is scheduled for October 2020. 

The employment rate for USAGPAN graduates is 100 percent. The National Certification Exam board pass rate for first-time test takers for FY12 class (June 2015 graduates) was 90 percent. The attrition rate for FY12 class was 21 percent.