Both a male and female anesthesia nursing student in the clinical lab

Admission Requirements for the DNAP Program

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program, you must:

•  Hold a current, unencumbered RN license in the United States, its territories or protectorates
•  Hold a baccalaureate degree (BSN or BS) from an accredited college or university with a 3.2 GPA or higher
•  Have a minimum of 2 years of nursing experience in an adult critical care setting
•  Have current BCLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications completed by the start of the program
•  Have completed the following undergraduate course work within the last 10 years (5 years preferred) with a grade of “B” or higher:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs, 8 credits
  • Chemistry with lab, 4 credits
  • Pharmacology, 3 credits
  • Statistics, 3 credits
  • Research/ Evidence-Based Practice, 3 credits

It is strongly recommended that applicants shadow CRNAs in different locations.

Admission Process

•  Complete the Duquesne University online application for admission. The deadline for Fall 2022 has been extended to May 23, 2022.

Applicants will be charged a $50 fee. Please mail a check to: Allegheny School of Anesthesia, 320 East North Avenue, 5th Floor, South Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Call 412.442.2188 if you have any questions.

The application will prompt you to submit contact information for three professional references (an automatic form will be sent to your references) from individuals who can speak to your clinical ability. Recommended references:

  • A current Nurse Manager
  • A current Nursing Supervisor
  • An individual who is familiar with your clinical competency, i.e. physician, previous employer, etc.

•  Submit your resume or curriculum vitae and your 1-page goal statement through the Duquesne applicant portal. The goal statement topic: "Why do you wish to pursue the DNAP and what qualities do you possess that you believe will aid in your success in earning this degree."
•  Request your official transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended
•  If invited, a personal interview with the Admission Committee
•  If accepted, a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required

Request official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate work to be sent directly to the School of Nursing via Escript to nursing@duq.edu or mail to:

Duquesne University School of Nursing
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program Application
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

If you have ever attended Duquesne University, the University Registrar's Office will automatically forward an official transcript for any Duquesne University coursework to the School of Nursing on your behalf. This transcript will be provided as a courtesy and free of charge. No transcripts from schools other than Duquesne University will be forwarded from the University Registrar's Office. You will need to request other transcripts from the originating school(s).

Coursework earned outside the United States:

Applicants with nursing credits earned outside of the United States must have their coursework must be evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to determine if your existing coursework is equivalent to the coursework requirements for our program.

Non-nursing coursework must be evaluated by any international credential evaluation organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If you have any additional questions, please Contact us.

Graduate Student Profile

Inaugural enrollment in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program is anticipated at 25 students.

Future graduates of the DNAP program will be eligible for national certification by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). CRNAs serve as health care leaders in multiple practice settings, such as traditional hospital surgical and delivery suites; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons and pain management specialists; and in the military.

CRNAs play a critical role and our program emphasizes leadership, quality improvement, health care policy, research and ethics.