Registered nurses seeking admission into the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration must meet the admission requirements of both the Graduate School and the UTC School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Concentration.
Applicants must have the following:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from College or School of Nursing accredited by NLN or CCNE and a regionally accredited college or university.
- RN Licensure (valid and unencumbered in Tennessee or in a state that participates in the eNLC with a multistate designation)
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or above from all undergraduate degrees earned.
- A minimum undergraduate science GPA of 3.0.
- At least two years of recent (within the last five years) full-time critical care nursing experience before starting the program.
- Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS (PALS not required to apply but needs to be achieved by January.)
Nurses applying to the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration select their desired location, i.e., Chattanooga, Tennessee, or Tupelo, Mississippi. Those choosing the Tupelo site at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) will be in Chattanooga in semesters 2 and 3 of the program. NMMC students complete the remaining two years of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia coursework and clinical practicum courses in Tupelo. Didactic courses for the NMMC students in the last two years of the program are provided via long-distance education modalities.
We require three recommendations. The forms are on the Graduate School Admissions page (the link is below). Some suggested recommendation sources are:
Professional/work recommendations: current or recent nurse manager or supervisor who can speak to your clinical skills, critical thinking, work ethic, work experience, professionalism, etc.
Clinical recommendations: Healthcare providers you’ve worked with clinically who can evaluate your bedside manner, clinical acumen, and ability to work under pressure, i.e., nurse mentors, APRNs, physicians, and CRNA.
Academic recommendations: professors or instructors who can speak to your academic abilities, knowledge base, and aptitude for graduate work.
You will also submit the following items on the Graduate School Admissions site:
Personal statement explaining your interests, motivations, and goals in pursuing a career as a CRNA
Resume or CV that details your nursing education, clinical experiences, leadership roles, certifications, and achievements.
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required to confirm academic performance and completion of the BSN degree and other degrees, if any.
Access to the DNP Nurse Anesthesia application will be available in mid-January each year. The application deadline is the second Friday of April. Please be sure to select the application for DNP Nurse Anesthesia ONLY.
Applicants must submit a Graduate Admissions application type. Click the button below and follow the instructions. The GRE is NOT required.
Applicant Selection Process
The interview portion of the application process is in June. Applicants selected for the face-to-face interview are notified around the middle of May. Admission decisions are emailed to applicants two to four weeks following completion of the interview process. Individuals selected for admission must accept their seat through the acceptance email within five days of notification. The deadline for this notification is provided in the acceptance letter.
When a candidate accepts the offered slot in the program, a $1,000.00 non-refundable matriculation fee (a seat fee) is required to secure the candidate’s position by cashier’s check or money order. No personal checks are accepted. This matriculation fee is applied to your first semester’s tuition.
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail [email protected] (423-425-5693).