Application and Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

For RN to DNAP, also known as the three-year program:

  • Applications due November 1.
  • Admission is available for summer semester only.

For MS/CRNA to DNAP, also known as the completion program:

  • Applications accepted all year.
  • Admission is available spring, summer or fall semesters.

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. Students will pay the current association fee to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) for an associate membership during the initial semester of the program.  
  12. A $500.00 confirmation deposit is required to hold a seat in the class once a student 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.

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 may 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.