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

Admission Requirement for the DNAP Program

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 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 • t 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
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics
  • Research/ Evidence-Based Practice

It is strongly recommended that applicants shadow CRNAs in different locations. Unfortunatley, we are not accepting international applicants at this time.

Admission Process

•  Complete the Duquesne University online application for admission.

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 student 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 official transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended
•  If invited, a personal interview with the Admissions Committee
•  If accepted, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is required

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 20 students.

Future graduates of the DNAP program will be prepared for national certification and licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 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 emphasize leadership, quality improvement, health care policy, research and ethics.