Applications and Admission Requirements

Two steps to apply:

Applications to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 

Admission requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Missouri State School of Nurse Anesthesia you must have completed the following requirements.

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.

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. Upon acceptance to the program, the student will pay $200.00 to the AANA for an associate membership (American Associate of Nurse Anesthetists);
  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.

Completion MS to DNAP program

In addition, to the admission requirements you must also have completed the application and admission requirements for both the Missouri State University Graduate College and the Missouri State University School of Nurse Anesthesia. Students accepted into the program will also have to pay a confirmation deposit as a placeholder in the program.

Admission to the Graduate College

Before you can be admitted in to the nurse anesthesia program you must submit an application along with a $35 application fee and be accepted to the Graduate College at Missouri State University. You should also submit your GRE scores as this time.

Missouri State University
Graduate College
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Admission to the School of Anesthesia at Missouri State

Applications to the School of Anesthesia are accepted year round. Deadline for consideration for a cohort is November 1.

  • Please review and follow the steps listed on the application checklist. This checklist has information on additional materials that are required along with the application.
  • Download, print and complete the application and return to Missouri State School of Anesthesia along with the $50 application fee. Please make sure the checks are made out to Missouri State University.

Along with the application the following materials should also be submitted

  • Submit a 250 word essay on your personal goals, qualification for admission and work history.
  • Send your official transcripts with proof that you passed the prerequisite courses for the program: microbiology, anatomy, physiology and organic chemistry.
  • Send three reference letters that are typed on official letter head. One letter should be from your official supervisor.

Submit all application and admission materials to:

School of Anesthesia
c/o Biomedical Sciences Department
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

All completed applications will be reviewed and interviews will be awarded.  Interviews are held on a Saturday morning on the Missouri State campus. A panel of interviewers questions the candidate, and together makes recommendations for admission to the school of anesthesia. Results of interviews will be given in writing.

Advanced standing in the Entry Level program may be granted in rare circumstances with the approval of the Program Director and Assistant Program director.

Confirmation deposit

Students accepted into the program will be required to pay a $500 placeholding fee known as the Confirmation Deposit.  (RN to DNAP only)