Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Completion Degree -- for CRNAs only

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree is the highest practice degree in nurse anesthesia. MTSA offers the degree as a completion program to licensed CRNAs in a modified online format where students are required to come to campus once per semester for 1 to 2 days, then return home to complete the coursework online. All students accepted into the program must be current CRNAs. The program can be completed over two years. MTSA’s DNAP program is differentiated from other DNP programs because it is designed specifically for the CRNA.

The DNAP program focuses on utilization of research findings for evidence-based clinical practice, education, and/or administration/business management related to nurse anesthesia, and the DNAP curriculum is designed accordingly. In addition to requisite foundational courses, completion of a capstone project, which is the seminal scholarly work associated with the degree, is required. MTSA faculty mentor each DNAP student to complete a capstone project that focuses on utilization of research findings to augment evidence-based nurse anesthesia clinical practice, nurse anesthesia education, and/or administration/business management related to nurse anesthesia .

Completion of a master’s degree with a focus in nurse anesthesia is a prerequisite for acceptance into MTSA’s professional practice doctoral program that grants the DNAP degree.

The DNAP application cycle opens annually January 1. The deadline to have your application completed and all paperwork submitted is June 15.


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Frequently Asked Questions (Doctorate Completion Program)

What are the basic requirements for admission to the MTSA DNAP program ?

  • Graduation from a COA-Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program
  • Current Certification or Recertification as a CRNA
  • Current active membership with the AANA
  • Master’s Degree from a nurse anesthesia program
  • Current licensure as an APN/APRN
  • Current licensure as an RN
  • Currently practicing as a CRNA
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

How long is the program?

Two years inclusive of capstone project. Classes begin in September.

Is the program all online?

There will be one- to two-day intensive sessions per semester on the MTSA campus. Other than that, the program is all online.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition is $30,000. Additional costs include: application fee, books, physical exam, health insurance coverage, housing (MTSA will reserve a block of rooms at a discounted rate at a local hotel), mobile smart phone with data plan, access to a personal portable/laptop computer and high-speed internet access, for-cause drug screening, NBCRNA dues, and AANA membership dues.

What is the class size?

Up to 20 candidates can be accepted per cohort.

Which transcripts need to be submitted?

Original transcripts from all academic work after high school should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Is the GRE required?

A GRE is not required for applicants who have a graduate school GPA greater than 3.50.