Advanced Physiologic Foundations Class

The Fall 2024 Advanced Physiologic Foundations Class is full (as of 6/19/2024).

Semester Course Dates Application Deadline Tuition Payment Deadline
Fall 2024 Sept 3 – Dec 12, 2024 July 15, 2024  July 22, 2024
Spring 2025 Jan 6 – April 17, 2024 November 11, 2024* November 18, 2024*

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2024 semester as the class is at maximum capacity.

* Tentative dates as of 6/26/2024

We have plans to launch the Spring 2025 application for the Advanced Physiologic Foundations Class on Monday, September 16, 2024. Please be aware that we are currently in the process of switching systems internally, which could affect the application open date for the course. We will update this website if the date changes. (Updated as of 6/26/2024)

Prerequisite: Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology

Tuition: $2,500.00 ($750.00 non-refundable if student withdraws from the course. The Refund Policy can be found in the syllabus linked further down on this page.)

Please note: The maximum capacity for this course is 50 students. The first 50 students who apply and pay the tuition in full will be granted a spot in the course. Please do not contact the Business Office to pay for this course until you have received an email from the Admissions Office prompting you to do so.


Course Description

This course discusses advanced human physiologic concepts at the system, organ, cellular, and subcellular levels, with the overall goal to enhance the learner’s foundation for nursing practice. Foundational concepts; central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems; cardiovascular system; respiratory system; renal system; skeletal muscle/neuromuscular synapse; and smooth muscle will be discussed. Hormonal regulation will be integrated with various physiologic processes. Emphasis will be on integration of concepts as a basis for understanding interrelationships among complex physiologic processes. This course may strengthen the learner’s application for a nurse anesthesia program, but satisfactory completion of the course does not guarantee acceptance into a program as acceptance is based on a number of factors in addition to performance in one course.

Fall 2024 Syllabus»

This syllabus is subject to change.

For more information and to schedule a school visit (optional)

Applicants are invited to contact the admission office at or call (615) 732-7662 for more information and to make an appointment to visit the School.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
(Specific to the Advanced Physiologic Foundations Course)

When is the course offered?
We offer this online course 3 times a year: spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Where do I send my transcripts for the course?
All transcripts must be received via NursingCAS. Please follow the transcript request process as noted within your NursingCAS account.

Is any component of the class in-person?
No, this class is completely online.

Will taking this class guarantee that I get accepted into your or another CRNA program?
No, this class does not guarantee admission but it does help strengthen your application here at MTSA should you choose to apply to the DNAP-PD program after completing the course.

What is the process after I apply for the class through NursingCAS?
Once you have applied,  the Admissions Department will review your application. If you meet the criteria, you will be pushed through to the next part of the process which involves paying the tuition for the course.
*As a reminder, this course only has 50 spots. It is first come, first served based on who applies AND pays for the tuition.