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. The 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).
Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia program must complete an application specific to the program. Applications are due by July 1st for the January class. Enrollment is limited and admission is via a competitive selection process.
Length of Program
The DNP-NA program requires the completion of 100 credit hours, including a final Capstone project, anesthesia lab experience with high fidelity simulation and task trainers, and 3300 clinical hours over 36 months of continuous full time study at Franciscan University with no provision for part time study. The first two semesters of the program are delivered via distance education in order to allow the registered nurse the ability to continue practice in the critical care setting. After the first two semesters the program requires continuous didactic and clinical instruction to provide the requisite number of anesthesia cases, classroom hours, and clinical hours for each student. The program is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate achievement of its terminal objectives and outcomes.
Visit the Admission Requirements page on the web site and print out Application Materials or contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700.
See the published Tuition & Fee Schedule on our Web site.
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Graduation Rate/Certification Pass Rate/Employment Outlook
Since the August 2005 inception of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at Franciscan University there have been 265 graduates. Of these 265 graduates, 257 passed the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) on the first attempt (97%) with the remaining eight students passing it on the second attempt. All graduates have been employed within six months of graduation and indicate the program prepared them to function as competent anesthesia providers. The graduating class of 2016 had a 91% first time pass rate on the national certification examination and a 100% second time pass rate on the national certification examination with a graduation rate of 88%. The attrition rate for graduating class of 2016 was 12%. The employment rate as a nurse anesthetist for the class of 2016 was 100% within 6 months of graduation. Employers consistently rate the Franciscan University MSNA graduates as excellent practitioners with a broad knowledge base who demonstrate competency in administering anesthesia in all specialty areas.
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.
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 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial accreditation was for 10 years with the next onsite visit review in 2018.
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, http://www.lsbn.state.la.us).