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. 

Earning potential

CRNAs are some of the highest paid RNs in the field. Depending on the work setting and state where CRNAs are employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that in 2016, CRNAs made between $105,400 to $242,000, with the average annual salary being approximately $157,000.

Program Overview

  Post-BSN DNP

Credits


Tuition Cost


Program Duration


Application Deadline and

Interview Date


Cohort Model


Work Requirements (in order to apply)

91


2019-20 - $1,170 per credit


3 years, full-time only


January 10 fall start.

Interviews in February-March.


10 students admitted each year


Minimum of one-two years of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as an RN in a critical care setting

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.


 


View the course work

These programs are generally completed on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per term) while students are working. Personalized plans of study are created collaboratively by each student and the adviser in order to create a manageable and flexible schedule. 

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

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 (1 day/week)

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 (2 days/week)

Applied Statistics

Spring- 7 Credits

Translational Research (online course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency (4 days/week)

Summer- 7 Credits

Organizational and Systems Leadership (online course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency II (4 days/week)

Year Three

Fall- 7 Credits

Capstone I (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Residency III (4 days/week)

Spring- 7 Credits

Capstone II (hybrid course)

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Immersion I (DNP Residency, 4 days/week)

Summer- 4 Credits

Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Immersion II (DNP Residency, 4 days/week)

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.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Reade Carrathers via email or at (414) 288-3878.

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

Updated June 16, 2020

Admission Year (Fall)

Number Applications Received

Number

Admitted

BSN GPA (average)

Science GPA

(average)

Attrition Rate

Number Graduated

First-time NCE Pass Rate

Percent employed within 6 months program completion

2018

116

10

3.61

3.49

0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019

107

10

3.64

3.62

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2020

137

10

3.69

3.61

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

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Application Deadline: January 15

Apply and submit all application requirements  

I'M READY TO APPLY

  • 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.)
  • 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. Post-master's certificate requires only one completed recommendation.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores (general test only). Waived if undergraduate (or if applicant has already earned bachelor's or master's degree) GPA is 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: 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.
  • 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.

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). 

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.
  • Two-page, double-spaced written statement of purpose addressing your career goals and future contributions to the nurse anesthesia profession.
  • 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

Maura White, DNP, CRNA, APNP

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.

 

Graduate Program Recruiter

Lizzie Kerrick- email Lizzie 

 

Program Advisor

Taylor Rose Pamperin, M.Ed.- email Taylor 

 

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