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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.

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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.  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).


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

  1. Baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing from a fully accredited college or university in the United States
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 290 or higher when combining verbal and quantitative scores within the last five (5) years. Analytic writing score of 3.0 or higher
  4. Minimum of 1-year full-time (2 years preferred) recent experience as a registered nurse in an adult intensive care unit
  5. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana
  6. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications
  7. Completion of application requirements by July 1st as stated in the graduate application instructions
  8. Submission of three (3) professional letters of recommendation (one (1) from current immediate supervisor; one (1) from peer)
  9. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency per the Franciscan University English Proficiency and TOEFL Requirement
  10. Ability to meet and comply with the DNP-NA Core Performance Standards
  11. 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:

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

Curriculum Plan

Students seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia degree must complete the 100 credit hours in the curriculum. Of the 100 credit hours, 52 credit hours of didactic instruction are taught face-to-face, 21 hours of didactic instruction are taught via distance education, 3 credit hours (135 contact hours) are taught in simulation and skills lab, utilizing high-fidelity simulation and task trainers and 24 credit hours (2500 clinical hours) are taught in the clinical setting via preceptorship.


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.

Application Procedure

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.

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

Deadline for Application: July 1st

Please print and read all materials. Completed graduate applications may be returned to:

Office of Admissions
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
5414 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Code Number for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University: 6452

Application & Resources

Document TitleTypeFile Size
Document Title: DNPNA – Application ChecklistType: pdfFile Size: 118.04 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - ApplicationType: pdfFile Size: 223.33 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA – Fact SheetType: pdfFile Size: 134.56 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - Reference FormType: pdfFile Size: 572.14 KBDownload
Document Title: Immunization Policy and Form - 2017Type: pdfFile Size: 33.62 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - Record of Critical Care ExperienceType: pdfFile Size: 269.42 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - Professional Cert and Membership FormType: pdfFile Size: 131.42 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - Core Performance StandardsType: pdfFile Size: 606.82 KBDownload
Document Title: DNPNA - Program FAQsType: pdfFile Size: 292.28 KBDownload

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 8 students passing 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. 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. Several Franciscan University nurse anesthesia graduates currently serve on the board of directors for state associations and many are enrolled in DNP completion programs. The inaugural doctoral class of 2017 had an 86.4% (22/25) first time pass rate on the NBCRNA NCE, a graduation rate of 88% and an attrition rate of 12%. Subsequent NCE pass rate and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist employment rate for the Class of 2017 are still pending.


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 for 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: 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,

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.

Graduate Handbook

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Document Title: Graduate HandbookType: pdfFile Size: 916.99 KBDownload


Curriculum Notes:

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