Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program

Applications for the Master of Nurse Anesthesia program are no longer being accepted.

For a career as a Nurse Anesthetist see our Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program.

DNAP student getting hands on experience

Applications for the Master of Nurse Anesthesia program are no longer being accepted.

For a career as a Nurse Anesthetist see our Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program.

Attaining the highest level of training 

Missouri State now offers a doctorate in nurse anesthesia. There are two courses of study for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.  

Degree options 

  • RN to DNAP program (Yearly cohort begins in summer.)
    What do you need? 1)An unencumbered nursing license, 2)Critical Care Experience*,  3)See specific entrance requirements
  • CRNA to DNAP program (Admission spring, summer or fall)

    *What does critical care experience mean? Critical care must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States.  During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques.  A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care.  Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

The Missouri State School of Anesthesia has made many changes since the program began in 1952. View the program history page for more information about the program.

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