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2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology, DNP

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Program Overview

This is a program offered by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s School of Health and Human Services. The qualified student is admitted to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is directed toward the goal of earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology. Saint Mary’s University believes in building and developing on the baccalaureate base with emphasis on a strong scientific and technical background. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a wide variety of settings and in diverse methods of administering a safe anesthetic. The graduate is eligible to write the certification examination as offered by the National Board of Certification and Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to be known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Program Outcomes


Outcome 1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and judgment around human communication that facilitate an ability to work collaboratively with others.

Outcome 2. Employ leadership skills to influence healthcare policy, implement changes in care systems, and advance the profession. 

Outcome 3. Utilize critical thinking to integrate quality assurance, resource allocation, and financial management policies into advanced nursing practice.

Outcome 4. Integrate professional ethical values guided by nursing scientific underpinnings and exercise ethically responsible judgment in all aspects of professional nursing practice.


Outcome 5. Demonstrate analytical methods for evidence-based practice within the framework of local and national social determinants of health.

Outcome 6. Analyze critical elements necessary to the selection, use and evaluation of health care information systems and patient care technology.


Outcome 7. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes.

Program Structure and Delivery

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a full-time, three-year, 86-credit program based in the Twin Cities. Courses are offered via multiple modalities including online, blended, in person, and occasionally remotely.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Anesthesiology originated in response to the request of leaders in the healthcare field for graduate level education in the field of Nurse Anesthesiology. With this need in mind, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota developed this program.

With a focus on meeting the needs of adult learners, the program’s goal is to provide a positive and supportive learning environment, preparing the professional nurse in the art and science of anesthesiology and meeting the societal need for safe and competent anesthesia care.

The program provides the student with a curriculum that includes formal and informal instruction in scientific principles, clinical practice, and professional growth opportunities. Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism, personal integrity, empathy, and compassion. A shared sense of responsibility exists between the didactic and clinical faculty and the student to reach the goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.

Degree Requirements

Required Scientific Courses 25 cr.
Required Leadership Courses 10 cr.
Required Scholarly Project Courses 14 cr.
Required Clinical Scholarship Courses 38 cr.
Total 86 cr.



The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to this program must meet the admission requirements for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs and for the Doctor of Nurse Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology Program. In addition to University admission requirements, applicants must have:

  1. Completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees must be completed and final transcripts must be submitted by the September 15 deadline. Appropriate degrees include the areas of nursing, biophysical, biological or behavioral sciences.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or higher.
  3. A calculated Science and Math GPA of 3.0 or higher (this is explained and determined as a part of the application process).
  4. Current unencumbered licensure as a Professional Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota, or eligible for reciprocity.
  5. A minimum of one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting at the time of application. Critical care employment must be ongoing until 90 days before the program is started. Critical care as defined by this program includes cardiac ICU, neuro ICU, neonatal ICU, and pediatric ICU. The cardiac cath lab, PACU, long term acute care, and emergency room care do not meet the program definition of critical care. Flight nursing will be considered on a case by case basis.
  6. A completed application submitted by the September 15 deadline.

A completed Health Status Form must be submitted prior to matriculation. Documented immunity is required for rubella, rubeola, varicella, Hepatitis B, and mumps. Vaccinations will be required in non-immune students. Proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine (protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) that extends to the date of the student’s graduation from the program is required.

Additional annual health-related documents are required later in the program including proof of a negative 2-StepTB TST test, QuantiFERON®-TB Gold-in-Tube test (QFT-GIT), or a T-SPOT® TB (or completion of the Positive TB Test Protocol) and proof of annual vaccination against influenza. Students that are positive for TB must follow the Nurse Anesthesia Student Protocol. This includes proof of a negative chest x-ray within the last year that must be submitted to the Clinical Director for all students who have positive TB tests. In addition, the student must have an annual exam with their primary care provider indicating that there has been no change in their lung health.

Documented proof of COVID vaccine(s) is required by most hospitals/ same-day surgery centers. Students must comply with the facility policy and, in most cases, be fully vaccinated. Students must be aware that the school cannot guarantee clinical experiences (e.g. pediatrics, cardiac, major medical anesthesiology) in the event that a student decides to not be vaccinated. This could result in a delay of program completion, or, the inability to complete the program.

These requirements meet or exceed the Standards and Guidelines set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor’s degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards). Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A transcript for a college-level chemistry course completed with a letter grade of “B” or better in the last five years. The course should have some element of inorganic, organic, and/ or biochemistry. All prerequisite courses must be taken at an accredited college/ university. Classes may be taken at an accredited two- year college. In progress coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may affect application ranking.
  4. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share. Please do not state any personal identifying information within the essay, as the essays are blinded for the readers to ensure a fair process.
  5. Two professional references as requested by the program by the admission deadline of September 15;
  6. A current résumé or curriculum vitae listing educational background and work experience that highlights critical care experiences, and relevant specialty certifications;
  7.  A completed Math and Science GPA form. Once completed, this document must be loaded into the electronic application system
  8. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404 

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