AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Program


Applications now being accepted through February 1, 2018!

Marquette University College of Nursing plans to launch its new DNP nurse anesthesia educational program in August, 2018 pending accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ (COA) accreditation decision. Students will be admitted to the Marquette DNP nurse anesthesia program after the program has received COA accreditation.

Program Highlights

The focus of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is advanced practice preparation at the very highest level-- nurses who understand the complexities of health care, including the need for patient safety, advanced clinical care demands (diagnostics and treatments), information technology, business management and health care finance.

Graduates of this program bring best practices to the point of service, having competence in evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement.  

The 36-month Nurse Anesthesia program is full time and will confer the DNP 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 gain hands on experience in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques under the supervision and guidance of certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and physician faculty and practitioners.

Admission Requirements

Other criteria include:

Graduate School tuition rates for the current year may be found on the Graduate School's website. Several sources of financial assistance, including scholarships, are available.


Program Director

Lisa J. Thiemann, PhD, CRNA, APNP, FNAP

Associate Program Director (Interim)

Luke Hattenhauer, DNP, CRNA

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 web page will publish annual rates of employment and National Certification Examination (NCE) pass rates of graduates of the DNP-NA program as this information becomes available.

For more information, please contact Karen Nest, Graduate Program Coordinator, via e-mail or at (414) 288-3810.


College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.