RN to DNAP Program Requirements

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.


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

ANE Courses (113 hours)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ANE 700 Informatics & Graduate Studies in Anesthesia 3 hrs
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 General Principles of Anesthesia 3 hrs
ANE 721 Equipment, Instrumentation, and Technology for Anesthesia 3 hrs
ANE 726 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia 2 hrs
ANE 732 Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations I 5 hrs
ANE 734 Advanced Physical Assessment & Clinical Reasoning 5 hrs
ANE 735 Clinical Practicum 44 hrs
ANE 742 Organ Physiology 4 hrs
ANE 745 Anesthesia Pharmacology I 4 hrs
ANE 746 Anesthesia Pharmacology II 3 hrs
ANE 750 Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations II 5 hrs
ANE 754 Healthcare Ethics for Anesthesia Providers 3 hrs
ANE 800 Leadership for Evidence-Based Practice 3 hrs
ANE 803 Human Factors and Patient Safety in Healthcare 3 hrs
ANE 804 Business of Anesthesia 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 897 Research for Scholarly Project 3 hrs
ANE 898 Capstone Project Presentation 3 hrs

Non-ANE Courses (6 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
BMS 620 Medical Cell Biology 3 hrs
BMS 728 Human Neurophysiology and Anatomy 3 hrs

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.

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. Six semester credit hours (or the equivalent in quarter hours) of credit may be transferred into the program from an accredited University Graduate Program, after approval by the Graduate College and Program Director).
  4. All coursework must be approved by the Program Director.
  5. The candidates must pass a 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. For MS to DNAP candidates, an $900 fee will be applied to each class.