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The purpose of the DNP-NA program is to prepare the baccalaureate registered nurse for the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a specialization in nurse anesthesia to provide safe and equitable patient-centered care. Graduates of the program are prepared to meet state, regional, and national needs as doctorally prepared advanced practice nurses in leadership positions in health-related organizations to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, and quality of care. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

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Nurse Anesthetists

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Quick Facts

• The DNP-NA admission cycle is open annually from February 1 to July 1.

• Interviews will be conducted in-person during the following dates: August 3-4, August 7-11, and August 14-16, 2023.

  • The DNP-NA curriculum includes:
    • 36 months of continuous full-time study
    • 100 credit hours
    • Online and blended curriculum
    • Final DNP Scholarly Project
    • 2,500 clinical hours
    • 18 clinical site partners
    • Over $115,000 in grant funding awarded to the graduating class of 2022 applied during clinical residency
    • The DNP-NA program is home to state-of-the-art simulation equipment purchased through endowments.These include:
      • Intelligent Ultrasound's, High-fidelity ultrasound simulators for transesophageal (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).
      • Bodyworks/EVE, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
      • ScanNav-Intelligent Ultrasound, Needle Trainer
      • ORSIM - portable virtual bronchoscope trainer.
    • Students attend Maverick Medical Education workshops, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Essential and Advanced Regional Anesthesia sponsored by our program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing from an accredited ACEN or CCNE accredited school of nursing college or university
  • Cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; All attempted courses prior to admission (graduate and undergraduate) will be factored into the cumulative grade point average calculation
  • Minimum of 1-year full-time recent experience as a registered nurse in an adult critical care unit (2 years recommended)

Note: Recent experience is defined as within the previous two calendar years; Critical care experience in other areas (i.e. PICU, NICU) may be considered provided the applicant demonstrates competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilator management, and critical care pharmacology

  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications
  • Completion of application requirements by July 1st as stated in the graduate application instructions
  • Submission of three professional letters of recommendation (one from current immediate supervisor; one from peer)
  • Ability to meet and comply with the DNP-NA Core Performance Standards; and
  • CCRN certification required for reapplication
  • Completion of the Casper Situational Judgement Assessment. Applicants will be required to register and pay a fee to complete this assessment. Available dates are limited.
  • Additional information can be found in our Application FAQ's located at the bottom of the webpage

Candidates who satisfactorily meet these criteria may be invited for an evaluated interview.

English Proficiency Requirement

In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. This can be demonstrated by submitting any one of the following: an SAT verbal/critical reading score of at least 430; an ACT English subtest score of at least 18; a Duolingo English Test score of at least 105; an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score of at least 6.5; or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) score of 79 or paper-based test with sub scores each being 20 or higher.

Other factors considered for admission to the program:

  • Casper Situational judgment assessment results
  • Science grade point average
  • Last 60 hours of coursework
  • Clinical knowledge evaluation
  • CCRN certification status
  • GRE scores

Last Admission Cycle DNP-NA Statistics:

  • 266 Applications received
  • 151 Interviews offered
  • 40 Accepted
  • 3.67 Average overall grade point average for those accepted
  • 3.71 Average science grade point average for those accepted

Program Mission Statement

The mission of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is to provide diverse learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe, equitable and evidence-based, patient-centered care at the highest level of advanced nursing practice. The program develops leaders and scholars who transform systems of care by improving the quality of care and patient outcomes in a variety of healthcare settings. The Program achieves this mission through the creation of an environment that promotes professional socialization, embraces diverse cultures and learning styles, recognizes achievement and promotes excellence while exemplifying the mission and traditions of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.

Program Goals

As a premier advanced practice nursing educational program, the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will meet the following program goals:

  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia program will adequately prepare graduates to pass the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists National Certification Exam
  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia program will admit, retain and graduate students who have the ability to benefit from a nurse anesthesia education
  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia program will graduate students who are prepared to enter into nurse anesthesia practice as a DNP prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the DNP-NA Degree Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing science, advanced levels of systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based practice to improve healthcare quality.
  2. Demonstrate leadership by applying principles of organizational and systems theory, to envision, design, evaluate, and manage health organizational systems.
  3. Translate research and generate evidence to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care.
  4. Incorporate healthcare information systems and patient care technologies to improve and transform programs of care and care systems.
  5. Influence healthcare systems through the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policies.
  6. Collaborate interprofessionally in the development and implementation of practice models, peer review, practice guidelines, healthcare policy, standards of care, and scholarly projects.
  7. Generate, implement, and evaluate health promotion/disease prevention interventions and strategies to address gaps in the care of individuals and populations.
  8. Apply critical thinking and requisite knowledge to provide safe, ethical, evidence-based anesthesia care services to culturally-diverse individuals across the lifespan.

Graduate Handbook

Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: DNP NA Program Handbook 2022 23Type: pdfFile Size: 647.263 KBDownload

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at

SemesterCredit HoursTuition/FeesCourse FeesTotal
19$ 5,825.00$ 6,759.25
26$ 4,110.00$ 4,965.50
318$ 15,738.35$ 16,908.85
418$ 16,977.75$ 729.00$ 18,877.25
510$ 9,018.95$ 9,979.45
612$ 11,008.65$ 12,021.65
711$ 10,943.35$250.00$ 12,180.10
87$ 6,963.95$ 7,845.70
99$ 8,953.65$ 250.00$ 10,137.90
*Total100$ 89,539.65$ 1,229.00$ 99,675.65

*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.

Graduation Rate/Certification Pass Rate/Employment Outlook

The DNP-NA doctoral class of 2022 had a 90% first-time pass rate on the NBCRNA NCE, a graduation rate of 94% and an attrition rate of 6%. Since the August 2005 inception of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, there have been 421 graduates. Of these graduates, 398 passed the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) on the first attempt (95%). Employers consistently rate the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University MSNA and DNP-NA graduates as excellent practitioners with a broad knowledge base who demonstrate competency in administering anesthesia in all specialty areas. Additionally, graduates indicate the program prepared them to function as competent anesthesia providers. Alumni of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s nurse anesthesia program, serve in leadership roles for state associations and several hold positions within the program as faculty. Employment rate as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for the Class of 2021 is 100% at 6-months post-graduation.

Grants and Scholarships

HRSA Grant
For several years the Program has applied and received funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) grant program. The NAT Grants are awarded to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions, in turn, disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support.
In 2020 the program was awarded a three year HRSA NAT Grant. The program utilizes HRSA NAT grant funding to allow for expanded clinical rotations that allow SRNAs to (Address Substance Use Disorders in Underserved Populations). For this academic year students rotating to enrichment rotations will receive a total of $35,993.00. All funding from the grant is awarded to DNP-NA students as a stipend to offset the expenses incurred by students in the clinical setting. Students receive this funding when matriculating into clinical enrichment rotations.

FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship
In 2018, the DNP-NA program was awarded the FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship. In 2021, the program was once again awarded the FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship for an additional three years. The program will receive $80,000 annually from this scholarship. The program utilizes these scholarships to allow for expanded clinical rotations in rural and underserved areas where students are supervised by practitioners seasoned in the delivery of rural health care. Such rural clinical rotations expose the student learner to the importance of rural health care access, potentially increasing the number of graduates that go on to practice in rural and underserved areas. The scholarship money is awarded directly to the DNP-NA student. By offering financial assistance via grant funding, the expenses incurred by the student for rural clinical education and experiences can be partially offset. All students in the DNP-NA Cohorts that graduated in December 2021 and those projected to graduate in December 2022 have received scholarship funding.
Additionally, program administration and faculty have been granted endowments, which provide students with state-of-the-art simulation equipment and experiences. The Program hosts an annual regional anesthesia workshop by Maverick Medical Education, which offers the students hands-on instruction in ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blockade and POCUS. The DNP-NA program is also home to simulation equipment purchased through endowments, including Intelligent Ultrasound's, Hi-fidelity ultrasound simulators for transesophageal (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and ORSIM, a portable virtual bronchoscope trainer.


Regional Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603 and can be reached at 224-275-9130, via the web at or by email: The program received 10 years of continued accreditation in October of 2018 and is scheduled for its next consideration for continued accreditation in Fall 2028. A list of the educational programs accredited by the COA can be located here.

State Board of Nursing Accreditation

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, (225) 755-7500,


Requirements for professional licensure and certifications can vary by state and can change without notice. All students should consult the state licensing body in the state in which they reside to be licensed to ensure that the degree they earn will meet requirements for licensure in that state.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The University assures free and equal access for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, or military status in the admission to, participation in, or employment of its programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations for students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Students wishing to self-identify are required to contact the Office of Student Affairs. If a student believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, or military status, that student should report the matter to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, who will seek to assist the student with the resolution of the complaint as described in the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure.



Curriculum Notes:

Didactic courses = 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours
Clinical courses = 1 credit hour = 120 contact hours
Lab course = 1 credit hour = 45 contact hours