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 DNAP degree through a completion program specifically designed with the working CRNA in mind and in an online format. All students accepted into the program must be currently licensed 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. Each course is created with specific nurse anesthesia content.

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 scholarly project, which is the seminal scholarly work associated with the degree, is required. MTSA faculty mentor each DNAP student with this project that focuses on utilization and translation 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.

To request a copy of a previous edition of the MTSA Student Catalog and Handbook, please contact the office of the Academic Support Specialist at 615-732-7663.

DNAP-Completion Application Cycle and Deadline for 2021

Application Cycle   Application Deadline   Semester Start Date
 January 1 – June 1   June 1    August 29, 2022


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Learn more about the application process:

Admission Checklist»
Interview Process»
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)»
Academic Summary & Standards»
Graduation Requirements»
Outcome Criteria Upon Graduation»
DNAP Completion Handbook (Class of 2021)»
DNAP Completion Handbook (Class of 2022)»
DNAP Completion Handbook (Class of 2023)»
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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 August/September.

Is the program all online?

Yes, 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, 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.

Are there any financial funding options available for the Dual or DNAP Completion?

MTSA was awarded the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant for the Academic year of 2021-2022 that provides up to 85% loan forgiveness to DNAP-C, Dual, and Education track students who continue employment as a clinical or academic educator for a period of 4 years after graduation. Additional private loads are available and VA benefits can be applied to the cost of tuition. MTSA’s Director of Financial Aid, Jennifer Speer, can address any funding options available by contacting her at:

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.