Nurse Anesthesia Program

Initial full accreditation has been granted by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to the Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program!

Fall 2018 applications are being accepted through February 1, 2018. On-campus interviews for selected applicants will occur in March. An initial cohort of 10 students will be admitted to the fall 2018 semester.

Program Highlights

The 36-month Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program is full time and will confer the D.N.P. degree at program completion. The curriculum and clinical experiences prepare students as expert clinicians for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients.

Students will gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of anesthetic techniques under the supervision and guidance of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and physician faculty and practitioners. Clinical rotations for the program are all within driving distance of the Marquette campus.

Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program Curriculum
(Please review the Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program curriculum.)

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a science GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Graduate Record Exam scores (GRE), waived if cumulative GPA was 3.2 or higher
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin license will be required at the time of admission.
  • Current certification in BCLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications from the American Heart Association, which must be maintained during the program
  • A minimum of one year, preferably two years, of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse in a critical care setting within the United States, its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. Applicants must have developed as an independent decision-maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. A critical care setting is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered 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 settings 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. Experiences in other areas may be considered provided the applicant can demonstrate competence with the above identified skills (i.e., invasive monitoring, etc.).
  • Three professional references, at least one from the critical care area
  • Two-page, double-spaced personal statement addressing your career goals and future contributions to the nurse anesthesia profession
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges or universities (must reflect undergraduate courses in health assessment, nursing research and statistics, including inferential analysis)
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)
  • Onsite, personal interview (invitation only) with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. Applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified by email.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees, as outlined in the Marquette University Graduate School Bulletin for the corresponding academic year.

Students must file all components of the application with Nursing CAS and pay all related fees for submission.

Applicants who accept offers of admission are required to successfully pass a background check and submit valid documentation to meet clinical site health requirements (e.g., current vaccinations). These steps must be completed prior to beginning course work.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.

Additional Information

Program Faculty

  • Lisa J. Thiemann, Ph.D., CRNA, APNP, FNAP, Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
  • Franco Maniscalco, D.N.P., CRNA, APNP, Associate Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Luke Hattenhauer, D.N.P., CRNA, APNP, Clinical Assistant Professor

Accreditation Status

Accreditation-related information

Information on Program Enrollment and Student Outcomes

This web page will publish annual enrollment and attrition data of student cohorts as this information becomes available.

This webpage will publish annual rates of employment and National Certification Examination (NCE) pass rates of graduates of the program as this information becomes available.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Taylor Rose Pamperin, graduate program advisor, via email or at (414) 288-5632.