Costs and Benefits

Drawer of anesthesia drugs and resoucres

In addition to the cost of tuition there are several program costs that are associated with the DNAP program. Students are eligible for financial aid through the University. Mercy Springfield discontinued the DNAP program tuition assistance program in March 2019 after helping hundreds of CRNA students. We thank Mercy for the many years of support of our students. Other scholarships are available through AANA and MSU graduate college. Tuition is subject to change according to University policy.

Program costs (Entry level RN to DNAP)

Item Cost
Academic Hours (119 hours and program fees) $72,000
Certified background check and drug screen $205
AANA membership fee* $200
AANA malpractice Insurance total for 2 years of clinical* $550
TYPHON group tracking fee* $200
NCE Exam (reimbursed after first time pass only)* $995
SEE Exam (one time)* $300
Confirmation Deposit (will be credited to 1st semester bill) $500
ACLS/PALS/BLS certifications (required 2 times-program will pay $200 fee one time)* $200
Ear piece and precordial stethoscopes* $90
Lab coat* $50
APEX online review course* $499
Graduation $100
Books estimated $2,000

Review Class (recommended not required) plus travel expenses


Visit Graduate Applications for Graduate College application fee information.

*These costs will be paid for by the program.

Students are responsible for any gas, transportation, and housing expenses (including clinical sites).

Clinical site travel is at the expense of the student. All students are required to carry liability insurance once the clinical phase of education has begun. Insurance is available for purchase through the AANA. All university fees are subject to revision by the Board of Governors without notice, out-of-state fees apply. Please note that meals, housing, transportation and other living expenses are the responsibility of the student.


There are several benefits to completing the accredited DNAP program at Missouri State. As a student you will average 1000 to 1200 diverse cases in a surgical setting. You will complete a minimum of four clinical site rotations, that allow different anesthesia practice modalities. Regional experience, including chronic pain management, as well as general anesthesia experience provides a well rounded clinical experience. Tuition remains one of the lowest in the nation compared to other doctoral programs. Our graduates have a high success rate on the National Certifying exam upon graduation from the program.

Program costs (Completion-CRNA to DNAP)

There is no out-of-state tuition on distance classes. Travel, books, paper fees and graduation fees will be in addition to the costs listed below. Costs are the same if taken over one, two or three years.

Applications accepted year around. Admissions: Spring, Summer or Fall.

9 classes (3 credit hours each), distance tuition for a total of 27 hours
Each class=$900/credit hour for a total of 27 hours x $900 equal to $24,300


  • Made and planned for the working CRNA.
  • Quality program for great cost.
  • Program can be completed online.
  • Flexible to finish in 1, 2, or 3 years.