Nurse Anesthesia, D.N.P.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia program prepares nurses for advanced practice in anesthesia care across the lifespan. The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program provides intensive preparation to provide comprehensive anesthesia delivery with a focus on independent practice. The program prepares students using didactic learning, laboratory skills, human patient simulation and extensive clinical experiences. The didactic phase consists of coursework in the basic and clinical sciences, health care delivery and policy, translational research, leadership and management. The clinical or residency phase consists of tertiary, community and critical access hospitals along with specialty rotations give students exposure to all practice settings to gain the skills they need. Faculty arrange the clinical sites in order to provide the best learning opportunities.

Graduates of the NA program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) from the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

An MSN to DNP program is also offered for master’s prepared certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) who wish to pursue a doctoral degree.

Apply now to the NA program.

Program option learning outcomes

In addition to instruction to meet the Student Learning Outcomes, graduates of the NA program are provided sufficient didactic and clinical instruction to meet the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) standards.

The credit hours per semester range from 7 to 12. Students are considered to be full-time doctoral students throughout the program.

Application requirements

To be considered for an interview for the NA program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Compliance with University of Tulsa graduate study admission requirements
  • Completion of a bachelor of science in nursing degree from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
    • The undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be a 3.0 or above and grades in each required science course in the undergraduate nursing program must be a 3.0 or above. Recent applicants have an average cumulative GPA of 3.5, with an average science GPA of 3.4.
      • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate (nursing) courses in physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, pharmacology, physical assessment, statistics (biostatistics) and either organic chemistry or biochemistry
      • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results.
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license (Oklahoma license required at start of program)
  • A minimum of one year (2,080 hours) of full-time experience within the two years prior to application in an intensive care or coronary care unit, or the equivalent hours if working part-time. Clinical experience must be direct patient care that demonstrates independent decision-making (time in orientation or in managerial positions is not applicable). Recent applicants have completed an average of three years of critical care experience.
    • Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional 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 units 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. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
    • Emergency room, recovery room and step-down units typically do not satisfy the ICU requirement.
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certification at the time of application
    • CCRN is not required, but preferred. Recent applicants have all completed CCRN as well as other certifications.
  • Professional/academic competency attested by three letters of recommendation submitted directly to us by the recommender.
    • Have the online recommendations filled out by an academic reference (e.g. a professor in your BSN program), your current immediate supervisor (charge nurse or nurse manager) in critical care, and a colleague who is a CRNA, physician or RN, and is familiar with your critical care skills.
    • For Nurse Managers and Colleague recommendations: We are interested in an assessment of the applicant’s critical care nursing skills, personal characteristics (maturity and readiness for a difficult program of study), and degree of professional development as a Registered Nurse.
    • For Nursing School Academic references: We are interested in whether the applicant is recommended for further study as a graduate student.
  • Résumé
  • The ability to comply with all hospital policies and to carry out the physical aspects of the position.
  • Submission of a 250-word professional essay delineating personal goals of graduate study and how a doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia fits into your goals as well as what you will bring to the profession.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • If selected, an interview by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee.


  • We do not accept ACLS certification obtained online.
  • We do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • We expect that applicants will shadow a CRNA prior to the application process to learn more about the specialty and help them determine if nurse anesthesia suits them.
  • Once accepted, enrollment is contingent on successfully passing a health and drug screening as well as a criminal background check and remaining in critical care until enrollment.
  • Once accepted, documentation of required immunizations.


Fall Year 1

DNPA 9101 Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia Practice (1 cr)

DNPA 9114 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists I (4 cr)

DNP 9013 Healthcare Policy (3 cr)

DNP 9003 Foundations for Practice (3 cr)

Spring Year 1

DNP 8023 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr)

DNP 8033 Advanced Assessment (3 cr)

DNPA 9113 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (4 cr)

DNP 8053 Biostatistics (3 cr)

Summer Year 1

DNPA 9124 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists II (4 cr)

DNPA 9111 Anesthesia Simulation Lab I (1 cr)

DNP 9023 Healthcare Informatics (3 cr)

DNP 8043 Translational Research (3 cr)

Fall Year 2

DNPA 9112 Advanced Anesthesia Simulation Lab (2 cr)

DNPA 9154 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists (4 cr)

DNPA 9123 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice I (3 cr)

DNP 9043 Organizational Leadership & Quality Improvement (3 cr)

Spring Year 2

DNPA 9133 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II (3 cr)

DNP 9073 DNP Project Proposal (3 cr)

DNPA 9164 Clinical Practicum I (4 cr)

Summer Year 2

DNP 9063 Epidemiology (3 cr)

DNPA 9174 Clinical Practicum II (4 cr)

Fall Year 3

DNP 9173 DNP Project Design (3 cr)

DNPA 9186 Clinical Practicum III (6 cr)

Spring Year 3

DNP 9082 Project Implementation (2 cr)

DNPA 9196 Clinical Practicum IV (6 cr)

Summer Year 3

DNPA 9193 Advanced Clinical Topics (3 cr)

DNPA 9294 Clinical Practicum V (4 cr)