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The Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) program is designed 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.

School of Nursing
Nurse Anesthetists
The application period is closed. Interviews will be virtually conducted August 24-28 and August 31-September 4 through Zoom.
Quick Facts
  • Application deadline July 1, 2020
  • Interviews will be conducted in August/September 2020
  • 100 credit hours, including a final DNP project
  • 2500 clinical hours over 36 months of continuous full-time study
  • Online and Blended Curriculum

Program Overview

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 on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

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 undergraduate weighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 290 or higher when combining verbal and quantitative scores within the last five (5) years. Analytical writing score of 3.0 or higher;
  • Minimum of 1-year full-time (2 years preferred) recent experience as a registered nurse in an adult critical care unit;
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana;
  • Current American Heart Association 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 (3) professional letters of recommendation (one (1) from current immediate supervisor; one (1) from peer);
  • Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency per the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University English Proficiency and TOEFL Requirement;
  • Ability to meet and comply with the DNP-NA Core Performance Standards; and
  • CCRN certification required for reapplication;

Candidates who satisfactorily meet these criteria may be invited for an evaluated interview. Upon acceptance into the program, students must meet the following criteria prior to enrollment:

  • Current unencumbered Louisiana registered nurse license
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

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 on 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; and
  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 2019-2020Type: pdfFile Size: 1.454 MBDownload

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$ 7,223.25$ 7,223.25
26$ 5,119.50$ 5,119.50
318$ 16,696.04$ 250.00$ 16,946.04
418$ 17,544.60$ 200.00$ 17,744.60
510$ 9,685.48$ 250.00$ 9,935.48
612$ 11,650.26$ 11,650.26
711$ 11,304.29$11,304.29
87$ 7,374.73$ 250.00$ 7,624.73
99$ 9,339.51$ 300.00$ 9,639.51
*Total100$ 95,937.66$ 1,250.00$ 97,187.66

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

Graduation Rate/Certification Pass Rate/Employment Outlook

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 339 graduates. Of these graduates, 322 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. Among the graduates of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s nurse anesthesia program, quite a few currently serve on the board of directors for state associations, many are enrolled in DNP completion programs, and several hold positions within the program as faculty. The DNP-NA doctoral class of 2019 had an 92.8% (26/28) first time pass rate on the NBCRNA NCE, a graduation rate of 84.85% and an attrition rate of 15.15%. Employment rate as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for the Class of 2019 is 100% at 6 months post-graduation.


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 Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001 and can be reached at 847-655-1160, via fax at 847-692-7137, 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 of continued accreditation in Fall 2028.

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,



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