Nurse Anesthetist DNP

Provide critical care in the 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


Tuition Cost

Program Duration

Application Deadline and

Interview Date

Cohort Model

Work Requirements (in order to apply)


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



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)

Take the next step towards your future

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  • Application Requirements
  • Program Faculty
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Apply and submit all application requirements  


  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • Three completed recommendation letters prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing. (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.
  • An interview is required for applicants of the nurse anesthesia program.
  • 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. 

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

phone: (414) 288-4792



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