Nurse Anesthesia Program

The Fall 2021 application cycle opens May 1, 2020 and closes January 15, 2021.

All completed applications will be reviewed after the application cycle concludes. To be reviewed, all required application materials must be received by the application cycle end date of January 15, 2021. Applications that are incomplete at the application cycle end date will not be reviewed for admission.

The application can be found at the Marquette Graduate School.

Individuals selected for on-campus interviews will be notified via email within three weeks of the application cycle closure. Interviews will occur in February to early March. Initial admission decisions and notifications will occur by March 15, 2021. A cohort of 10 students will be admitted to the Fall 2021 semester.

Program Highlights

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

Curricular Plan

Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program Curriculum

Admission Requirements

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 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 of purpose 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 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.

Information regarding Graduate School tuition/fees and financial assistance is located on the Graduate School website.

Additional Information

Program Faculty

Accreditation Status

Accreditation-related information

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Information on Program Enrollment and Student 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.*

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




























.Updated June 16, 2020