DNAP-C Admissions Requirements Checklist

MTSA accepts applicants into the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Completion Program each year, with classes beginning in the Fall. The following criteria lists requirements to be considered for an admission interview. During the application cycle dates, the DNAP Completion Program Screening Committee will review applicants, based on the following requirements, to determine applicants eligible to interview with the DNAP Completion Program Admissions Committee.

  • DNAP Program (CRNA Completion Degree Format) Application 
  • Application Fee
    • Application fee must be paid to NursingCAS.
  • All materials must be submitted through NursingCAS.
    • Documentation of graduation from a COA-Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program.
    • Valid Certification or Recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
    • Active membership with the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.
  • A Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Degree.
    • 3.0 anesthesia school (cumulative) grade point average based on a 4.0 grading system with a focus in nurse anesthesia or an equivalent nursing degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. International degrees will be reviewed by an evaluating agency.
  • Current Licensure as an Advanced Practice (Registered) Nurse (APN/APRN), if applicable(Not all states require APN or APRN license).
    • The applicant must submit a copy of the current APN/APRN license for all states licensed. 
  • A list of states where the applicant has held APN/APRN license in the past is required. 
  • Current Licensure as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) in all states licensed.
  • Previous States Licensed as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Current CV
  • Personal Statement: 2 pages max.
    1. Introduction of yourself, background, and why you are interested in MTSA for your DNAP degree. (2-3 paragraphs)
    2. Your focused area of interest (please discuss all 5 points as stated below)
      1. What is the focused area of interest?
      2. Why does this interest you?
      3. What population would benefit from this evidenced-based inquiry?
      4. How would you classify your area/question of interest? (i.e. patient safety issue, health care policy, patient education, anesthesia provider education, etc.)
      5. Why do you think this area of interest would benefit other anesthesia providers, or patient populations?
    3. Your plan for completion of the DNAP degree while you are working and a description of your current practice setting.
  • 3 Professional references.
  • Official academic transcripts from every institution of higher learning attended including transcripts for all non-degree seeking academic courses taken since high school. 
    • Transcripts must demonstrate general education curriculum required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to earn the baccalaureate degree were met. 
    • If an applicant is enrolled in any course between the time he or she submits the application and the enrollment date, the applicant must submit an official transcript for this course to MTSA prior to the interview.
  • Applicants must submit all of the above items to NursingCAS.
  • Reapplicants must follow the application process.
  • During the admissions cycle, completed applications are reviewed in the order they are received. The dates for the open application cycle are posted at www.mtsa.edu.