Nurse Anesthetist DNP

Provide critical care during a patient's most critical moments

Providing patients a comfortable and pain-free experience during one of the most critical times in their health care experience is crucial. As one of only two DNP nurse anesthesia programs in Wisconsin, we ensure our students are equipped in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients.

As a student at Marquette University, you'll graduate as an expert clinician who understands the complexities of health care, including patient safety, advanced diagnostics and treatments, information technology, business management and health care finance. 

Program Overview

  Post-BSN DNP


Tuition Cost

Program Duration





Cohort Model

Work Requirements (in order to apply)


Tuition Cost Per Credit: $1,245.00

3 years, full-time only


September 1

January 15

Applicants selected will interview mid-February-March

Fall start; 14 students admitted each year

Minimum of one, preferably two years of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent, not including orientation) as a registered nurse in a critical care setting in the United States.

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 on pages 17-20 as specified by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) at program completion.


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This program must be completed on a full-time basis.

Year One

Fall- 16 Credits

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Healthcare Informatics, Technology and Prof Issues (online course)

Scientific Foundations of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Simulation Lab

Nurse Anesthesia Physiology (Hybrid)


Spring- 16 Credits

Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing (online course)

Pathophysiological Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

Nurse Anesthesia Neurobiology (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Basic Principles

Simulation Lab

Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology


Summer- 13 Credits

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (online)

Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Advanced Principles I

Simulation Lab

Professional Issues in Nurse Anesthesia DNP Practice

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical I 

Year Two


Fall- 14 Credits

Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care (online course)

Epidemiology (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Advanced Principles II

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical II 

Applied Statistics

Spring- 7 Credits

Translational Research (online course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency 

Summer- 7 Credits

Organizational and Systems Leadership (online course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency II 

Year Three

Fall- 7 Credits

Capstone I (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency III 

Spring- 7 Credits

Capstone II (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Immersion I 

Summer- 4 Credits

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Immersion II 

Student Program Enrollment and Outcomes

Information regarding number of applications received; number applicants admitted; average BSN and science GPA for admission cohort; percent attrition; number graduated; first-time NCE pass rates; and, employment rates for each admission cohort are available.

The nurse anesthesia educational program annually updates this table of information.

Updated August 1, 2021

Admission Year (Fall)

Number Applications Received



BSN GPA (average)

Science GPA


Attrition Rate

Number Graduated

First-time NCE Pass Rate

Percent employed within 6 months program completion






































*Beginning with the 2021 application, the Nurse Anesthesia educational program transitioned from the Nursing CAS application system to the Marquette University Graduate School application system only.

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Application Deadline: January 15

Apply and submit all application requirements  


  • 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, as applicant may complete an approved statistics course to update. Please contact the program to confirm the statistics course of interest is approved for content.
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing; at least one must come from the critical care area. 
  • Responses to the both of the following essay questions (max 250 words)
    • Discuss your interests, life experiences, or goals associated with your decision to pursue the nurse anesthesia specialty practice
    • Describe how you plan to contribute to both your person and the cohort's success within the program.
  • Response to one of the following essay questions (max 250 words)
    • Describe one or more quality improvement projects that you have participated in within your clinical practice.
    • Describe your approach to leadership.
    • Describe any positive or negative influencing factors that may have impacted your prior academic performance.
  • Onsite, personal interview (invitation only) with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. Applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified by email.
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • 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.).

  • 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.
  • GRE not required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the cycle end date to allow adequate time for application verification by the Marquette Graduate School and to ensure receipt of all materials (e.g., professional recommendations, academic transcripts). Only applications that are complete by the January 15 application cycle and 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.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States. A Wisconsin license or eNLC license is required at the time of admission.
  • 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 Marquette Graduate School 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.

Lisa J. Thiemann, Ph.D., CRNA, APNP, FNAP, Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Jose (Jay) Tumulak, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Associate Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Mary Karlet, PhD, CRNA, APRN
Adjunct Instructor

Devarsh Murthy, DNP, CRNA, APNP
Adjunct Instructor

Christopher M. Repsa, DNP, CRNA, APNP
Adjunct Instructor

Mary Beth Schneider, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Adjunct Instructor

Maura White, DNP, CRNA, APNP
Adjunct Instructor

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the departmental financial aid webpage. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well. 

Additional Financial Aid Information

Governmental financial aid office --


Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 


Office Associate, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Carrie von Bohlen - email Carrie 


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