Nurse Anesthesia - Oxley College of Health Sciences

Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice in administering anesthetics to patients across the life span wherever anesthesia is delivered, including in hospital surgical suites, ambulatory surgical centers, the offices of dentists and plastic surgeons, rural settings and the military.

The NA curriculum is an integration of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) core courses and nurse anesthesia specialty courses. This intensive educational program employs didactic learning, laboratory skills, human patient simulation and extensive clinical experiences. The NA program culminates with the completion of a scholarly final project. You can find detailed information about the NA program in the graduate studies bulletin.

Applications open May 1st to September 30th.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA):

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Main number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

Attrition rate: 0
Employment of graduates as nurse anesthetists within 6 months of graduation: 0
NBCRNA NCE pass rate for first-time takers: 0

  • NA courses (years 1, 2 and 3)

    Year 1

    Summer semesterFall semesterSpring semester
    DNPA 9101 Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia PracticeDNP 9003 Foundations for PracticeDNPA 9111 Anesthesia Simulation Lab
    DNPA 9113 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia PracticeDNP 9013 Health PolicyDNP 8023 Advanced Pharmacology
    DNPA 9114 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthetists I DNPA 9124 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia IIDNP 8033 Advanced Assessment
    DNP 9023 Health InformaticsDNP 8053 Biostatics

    Year 2

    Summer semesterFall semesterSpring semester
    DNP 8043 Translational ResearchDNP 9043 Organizational Leadership & QualityDNP 9073 DNP Project Proposal
    DNPA 9112 Advanced Anesthesia Simulation LabDNPA 9164 Clinical Practicum IDNPA 9174 Clinical Practicum II
    DNPA 9123 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Practice IDNPA 9133 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice II
    DNPA 9154 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia

    Year 3

    Summer semesterFall semesterSpring semester
    DNP 9063 Epidemiology DNP 9173 DNP Project DesignDNP 9082 DNP Project Completion
    DNPA 9186 Clinical Practicum IIIDNPA 9196 Clinical Practicum IVDNPA 9193 Advanced Clinical Topics
    DNPA 9294 Clinical Practicum V
  • Estimated cost of the Nurse Anesthesia program
     Year 1Year 2Year 3
    Tuition per credit hour$1,288$1,288$1,288
    Credit hours312927
    AANA associate membership$200
    Certifications: ACLS/BLS/PALS$0$275$0
    Technology Fee$500$500$500
    Community fee$250$250$250
    Liability insurance$0$275$275
    TB test and flu shot$60$60$60
    State association meeting$200
    National association meeting$800
    Health insurance$1,888$1,888$1,888
    Student association fee$150$150$150
    Lab fee$115$115
    Student Service Fee$100
    Typhon Case Management System$100
    Prodigy review$450
    Self-evaluation examination$250
    National certification exam$995
    Fee total$5,363$4,863$5,168
    Tuition total$39,928$37,352$34,776
    Program total: $127,450
  • Admission requirements

    To be considered for graduate admission to the NA program, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:
    • Bulletin: Nurse Anesthesia, D.N.P.
    • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
    • Documentation of a current unrestricted Registered Nurse license
    • Graduate School application
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
    • 250-word professional essay
    • Letters of Recommendation (Information & Requirements)
    • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended (official copies will be required before acceptance)
    • Documentation of a current Registered Nurse license
    • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam and have an official copy of their results sent to The University of Tulsa Graduate School. For more information on English language requirements, please review TU’s language proficiency policy.
    • $60 application fee
    • Completion of a shadow experience with a CRNA
    • If selected, an interview by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee
    • Evidence of appropriate clinical experience:
    • Nurse Anesthesia: minimum of one year (2,080 hours) of full-time experience within the two years prior to application in an adult, pediatric, or neonatal intensive care unit, or the equivalent hours if working part time. Emergency room, post anesthesia recovery unit, and operating room experience do not qualify as intensive care experience for the purposes of nurse anesthesia admission criteria.

  • Graduate program FAQ

    Do I need to take the GRE?
    No. The GRE is not required.

    Do I need board certifications (CCRN, RN-BC, CEN)?
    CCRN is not required but preferred. We take into consideration all additional education and certifications.

    What is the typical schedule?
    The schedule will vary according to semester [refer to NA course (years 1,2, and 3)]. Once in clinical practicum schedule is based on clinical placement.

    Can I work and attend school?
    The program is full-time for 36 consecutive months. The time commitment is extensive, especially during clinical practicum. This may preclude outside employment.

    Is this an online/distance program?
    This is a hybrid program. Core didactic nursing courses are online delivered asynchronously using Blackboard. Anesthesia specific didactic courses are delivered in person as are courses utilizing the Human Patient Simulation lab. In person didactic and simulation courses are in the Oxley College of Health Sciences building in downtown Tulsa.

    What are the clinical sites?
    The main clinical sites are in the Tulsa metropolitan area with optional enrichment sites throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states. The main clinical sites are St. John Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital, Hillcrest Medical Center, and Bristow Medical Center.

    What undergraduate courses are required?
    Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physical assessment, statistics, biology, and chemistry.

    Are pediatric or neonatal ICU experiences acceptable?
    Yes. There is no preference for the type of ICU experience. The acuity of the ICU and any leadership roles within the unit/organization are taken into consideration.