University of Mobile’s DNAP Program Expands to Meet Growing Demand

Kathy Dean Health, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile announced today that its Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP) is expanding to accommodate the growing demand for advanced practice nurse anesthetists. 

UM’s DNAP program received approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs  (COA) to increase the program’s class size from 12 to 15 students. The highly competitive 36-month program is designed for students on a path to becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. 

UM launched its new DNAP program in Fall 2021, becoming the first and only DNAP program in the four-state region of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. The first class will graduate in Summer 2024.

“The University of Mobile is committed to providing high-quality health care education that meets the needs of today’s health care industry. The expansion of our DNAP program provides more opportunities for talented students to pursue their professional calling and develop the skills and knowledge to serve our community with excellence,” said Dr. Lonnie Burnett, president of the Christ-centered university. 

Dr. Todd Hicks, executive dean of the College of Health Professions and director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia, said there is a critical need for highly trained nurse anesthetists who can provide safe and effective anesthesia care to patients. 

“Our program is designed to meet this need by equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in this challenging field,” Hicks said.

The rigorous application and interview process is nearly complete for students in the Class of 2026 who will begin classes in Fall 2023. DNAP students will train locally in the Mobile area while earning eligibility to attempt the National Certification Examination required to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

“Some of the best and brightest health care professionals from across the region have been accepted to the Class of 2026. They include students with experiences ranging from critical care nurses to combat veterans and charge nurses,” Hicks said.

The deadline for applications for the Class of 2027 is Oct. 1, 2023. Program information and applications are available at

The University of Mobile DNAP program is accredited and approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), Alabama Board of Nursing and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher 
Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their 
future professions in an environment where they are known.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is associate vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.