Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Program Description

The Missouri State University School of Anesthesia provides the scientific foundation and clinical training that prepares anesthesia providers as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) at the clinical doctorate level.

Program Accreditation

The Missouri State University School of Anesthesia is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the official accrediting agency for nurse anesthetists.  They may be contacted at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge IL 60068; Phone 847-655-1160.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in an area of life science, nursing, or chemistry from an accredited institution in the U.S. or equivalent training in a foreign country;
  2. Undergraduate work must include inorganic chemistry (4 hrs), organic chemistry (4 hrs), microbiology, human anatomy, human physiology, and genetics (strongly recommended);
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework. Emphasis will be placed on science courses;
  4. Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken no earlier than five years prior to application with a preferred minimum score of 153 in Verbal Reasoning, 150 in Qualitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing, or successful passing of the CCRN exam(preferred);
  5. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the U.S.;
  6. A minimum of one year experience in a acute care setting is required; preferences may be given to applicants with more experience;
  7. Current BLS, ACLS, PALS certification are required;
  8. A personal interview with a screening committee;
  9. The application deadline is November 1. Interviews are scheduled within 3 months of the application deadline;
  10. Students are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug screen prior to beginning classes;
  11. Upon acceptance to the program, the student will pay $200.00 to the AANA for an associate membership (American Associate of Nurse Anesthetists);
  12. A $500.00 confirmation deposit is required to hold a seat in the class once a student is has accepted a cohort position. The fee is required to be paid to Missouri State University and is used as part of the first semester’s tuition.

Degree Requirements (Minimum of 119 hours) - BS -DNAP

  1. Course Requirements to total a minimum of 119 hours
  2. ANE Courses (89 hours)
    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    ANE 702 Clinical Conference I 1 hr
    ANE 705 Clinical Conference II 1 hr
    ANE 708 Clinical Conference III 1 hr
    ANE 711 Clinical Conference IV 1 hr
    ANE 714 Orientation to Clinical Anesthesia 1 hr
    ANE 720 Basic Principles of Anesthesia 3 hrs
    ANE 726 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia 2 hrs
    ANE 732 Advanced Anesthesia Principles I 6 hrs
    ANE 734 Advanced Physical Assessment & Clinical Reasoning 5 hrs
    ANE 735 Clinical Practicum 44 hrs
    ANE 745 Anesthesia Pharmacology I 4 hrs
    ANE 746 Anesthesia Pharmacology II 3 hrs
    ANE 750 Advanced Anesthesia Principles II 4 hrs
    ANE 800 Leadership for Evidence-Based Practice 3 hrs
    ANE 897 Research for Scholarly Project 3 hrs
    ANE 898 Capstone Project Presentation 3 hrs
    ANE 803 Human Factors and Patient Safety in Healthcare 3 hrs
    ANE 806 Professional Practice In Anesthesia 3 hrs
    ANE 807 Anesthesia and Healthcare Policy 3 hrs
    ANE 810 Health and Wellness in the Healthcare Setting 3 hrs
  3. Non-ANE Courses (30 hours)
    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    BMS 700 Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Sciences 3 hrs
    BMS 620 Medical Cell Biology 3 hrs
    BMS 728 Human Neurophysiology and Anatomy 3 hrs
    BMS 742 Organ Physiology 4 hrs
    PHI 613 Bioethics 3 hrs
    ECO 604 Healthcare Economics 3 hrs
    PBH 730 Biostatistics in Health Sciences 3 hrs
  4. Research/Capstone Requirement (total 6 hours)
    Each student will complete a Capstone project. This project must be started in the ANE 897 class and completed in the ANE 898 class. Students are allowed to work in groups of 2, or maximum 3, if approved by the Program Director.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (MS - DNAP)

Students who have already completed the CRNA certification at the Master's level, can be admitted into the completion program, requiring 27 hours for completion.  These hours may be completed via distance and amy be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Completion Program Additional Requirements:  (a) Current Valid CRNA License; and (b) transcript from completed anesthesia program.

Completion program – One Year Program (27 hours)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 897 Research for Scholarly Project 3 hrs
ANE 806 Professional Practice In Anesthesia 3 hrs
ANE 807 Anesthesia and Healthcare Policy 3 hrs
ANE 810 Health and Wellness in the Healthcare Setting 3 hrs
ANE 898 Capstone Project Presentation 3 hrs
ANE 803 Human Factors and Patient Safety in Healthcare 3 hrs
ANE 800 Leadership, Evidence Based Practice 3 hrs
PHI 613 Bioethics 3 hrs
ECO 604 Healthcare Economics 3 hrs
Completion program – Two Year Program (27 hours)

First Year

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 897 Research for Scholarly Project 3 hrs
ANE 800 Leadership, Evidence Based Practice 3 hrs
PHI 613 Bioethics 3 hrs
ECO 604 Healthcare Economics 3 hrs
ANE 810 Health and Wellness in the Healthcare Setting 3 hrs
ANE 803 Human Factors and Patient Safety in Healthcare 3 hrs

Second Year

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 806 Professional Practice In Anesthesia 3 hrs
ANE 807 Anesthesia and Healthcare Policy 3 hrs
ANE 898 Capstone Project Presentation 3 hrs
Completion program – Three Year Program (27 hours)

First Year

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 800 Leadership, Evidence Based Practice 3 hrs
PHI 613 Bioethics 3 hrs
ANE 810 Health and Wellness in the Healthcare Setting 3 hrs

Second Year

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 897 Research for Scholarly Project 3 hrs
ECO 604 Healthcare Economics 3 hrs
ANE 803 Human Factors and Patient Safety in Healthcare 3 hrs

Third Year

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
ANE 806 Professional Practice In Anesthesia 3 hrs
ANE 807 Anesthesia and Healthcare Policy 3 hrs
ANE 898 Capstone Project Presentation 3 hrs

Additional Requirements or limitations

  1. The candidate must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 3.00 each semester for the degree.
  2. All requirements must be satisfied within eight years.
  3. Students may take up to 6 hours of non-ANE classes prior to acceptance into the program (a transfer of up to 6 hours of non-ANE credits from another accredited University Graduate Program may be transferred after approval by the Graduate College and Program Director).
  4. All coursework must be approved by the Program Director.
  5. The candidate must pass oral and written comprehensive examinations.
  6. No more than 5 hours of C grade is allowed during the program.
  7. Candidates who do not achieve the academic standards set forth by the program will be immediately dismissed.
  8. BS to DNAP candidates, during the clinical phase (years 2 and 3), will carry liability insurance purchased through the AANA.
  9. For MS to DNAP candidates, an $833.00 program fee will be applied to each class.  For BS to DNAP candidates, a $2500.00 program fee will be applied to each semester (Summer, Fall and Spring).