The Fall 2019 application cycle opens September 4, 2018 and closes January 11, 2019.
Individuals selected for on-campus interviews will be notified via email. Specific interview dates are yet to be decided but will occur in mid-February to early March. A cohort of 10 students will be admitted to the fall 2019 semester.
The 36-month nurse anesthesia educational program is full-time, 91 credits and confers the D.N.P. degree at program completion. The program prepares expert clinicians who understand the complexities of health care, including patient safety, advanced diagnostics and treatments, information technology, business management and health care finance. The curriculum and clinical experiences prepare students in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients.
Clinical rotations for the program are all within driving distance of the Marquette campus. Students will meet the College of Nursing D.N.P. program learning outcomes and the graduate standards as specified by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) at program completion.
Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program Curriculum
Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the cycle end date to allow adequate time for application verification by NursingCAS and to ensure receipt of all materials (e.g., professional recommendations, academic transcripts). Only applications that are complete and have been verified by the cycle end date will be reviewed for admission to the program.
Applicants are encouraged to review the complete admission and application requirements in the Marquette University Graduate School Bulletin. The list below is a synopsis of these requirements:
- A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited college or university is required
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with a science GPA of 3.0 or above are required.
- Graduate Record Exam scores (GRE), waived if cumulative GPA is 3.2 or higher
- Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin license or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
- Current certification in BCLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications from the American Heart Association are required at admission and must be maintained during the program. Preferred at the time of application submission.
- 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 completed recommendation forms prepared by previous or present employers and teaches familiar with graduate education in nursing; at least one must come from the critical care area.
- Two-page, double-spaced written 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). Undergraduate statistics must be completed within five years of program start date. If the time of five years has been exceeded, it may be possible for applicants to demonstrate statistics proficiency by completing a third party examination administered by Excelsior. (The specific examination is MATx210 and can be accessed here.)
- (For international applicants) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
- 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 pay a one-time acceptance fee, 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.
Information on Program Enrollment and Student Outcomes
This section of the web page will publish annual enrollment and attrition data of student cohorts as this information becomes available.
This section of the 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 Reade Carrathers via email or at (414) 288-3878.