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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Monika Feeney, CRNA, DNAP Program Director of the Anesthesia Program
MSU School of Nurse Anesthesia;
Phone 417-836-5039 or

Tracy Beckham, CRNA, Assistant Program Director
MSU School of Nurse Anesthesia;
Phone 417-836-4643 or

Program description

The Missouri State University School of Nurse Anesthesia provides the scientific foundation and clinical training that prepares advance practice nurses to be eligible to sit for the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthesia) board examination to be come CRNA's (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists).

Program accreditation

The Missouri State University School of Nurse 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: 847-692-7050.

Entry Level RN to DNAP program:

Entrance requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in an area of life sciences, nursing, or chemistry from an accredited institution in the U.S. or equivalent training in a foreign university.
  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 GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. 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 Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing, or successful passing of the CCRN exam.
  5. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the U.S.
  6. A minimum of one year experience in an 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 three months after the application deadline.
  10. Students admitted into the program will be required to undergo a criminal background check before matriculation.
  11. Upon acceptance to the program, the student will pay $200.00 to the AANA for an associate membership (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists).
  12. Students accepted into the program will be required to pay a $500 placeholding fee known as the Confirmation Deposit.

Degree requirements

Students accepted into the program but who have not previously completed clinical training through an accredited clinical program in nurse anesthesia are required to complete 66 credit hours, which must be in residence.  Students who have completed clinical training in nurse anesthesia and who have passed the national certification examination for nurse anesthesia (CRNAs) but who have not completed an appropriate master’s degree must complete at least 33 credit hours in residence.

Core Course Requirements (Total 24-25 hrs)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
BMS 700 Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Sciences 3 hrs
BMS 620 Medical Cell Biology OR 3 hrs
BMS 622 Molecular Cell Biology 4 hrs
BMS 665 Human Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3 hrs
BMS 669 Neurobiology 3 hrs
BMS 661 Medical and Pathologic Physiology 4 hrs
BMS 727 Human Gross Anatomy 2 hrs
BMS 602 Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences II 1-4 hrs
BIO 650 Statistical Methods for Biologists OR 3 hrs
MTH 645 Applied Statistics  OR  3 hrs
PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology 3 hrs
Clinical Core (Total 38 hrs)

A clinical component is required. This requirement may be met either by having passed the national certification examination for nurse anesthesia or by enrolling in the following courses.

Course Code Course Title Credit 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 Principle I 6 hrs
ANE 735 Clinical Practicum 16 hrs
ANE 744 Pharmacology in Anesthesia 2 hrs
ANE 750 Advanced Anesthesia Principles II 4 hrs
Research Requirement (Total 4 hours)

Each candidate will be assigned to a clinical research project. The candidate must complete one seminar by enrolling in BMS 797, Non-Thesis Project (2 hrs) and a research involvement by enrolling in BMS 798, Research (2 hrs). A formal presentation of the project is required.

Students who are already a CRNA

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) may enter the program and must complete the core course requirements, the research requirements, and electives chosen in consultation with the student’s committee to total at least 33 hours. CRNA students must provide a clinical transcript from their former anesthesia program. Students must complete all cases/procedures that allow them to fulfill the minimum clinical requirements currently set forth by the Council on Accreditation. At least 6 hours of clinical practicum, ANE 735, are required.

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. Matriculated students must enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class
  4. All course work must be approved by the Program Director
  5. The candidate must pass oral and written comprehensive examinations
  6. No more than 4 hours of C grade is allowed during the program
  7. No grade below a C grade will be allowed at any time during the program
  8. Candidates who do not achieve the academic standards set forth by the program will be immediately dismissed
  9. During the clinical phase, the student will carry liability insurance purchased through the AANA
  10. A $2500.00 program fee will be applied per each semester: Fall, Spring and Summer