DNAP Completion Program Admission Checklist

Submit each of the following to the Admissions Coordinator at MTSA prior to the April 30, deadline (admissions@mtsa.edu or fax to (615)732-7662). The deadline for a complete file (each of the following items submitted, to include ALL reference letters and ALL transcripts received by MTSA) is April 30. Personal interviews by the DNAP Program Admissions Committee may not be granted to applicants who fail to meet this deadline. Application fee is $60.
 DNAP Program (CRNA Completion Degree Format) Application 
 Official Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA) transcript from nurse anesthesia educational program
 Evidence of current active American Association of Nurse Anesthetists membership
 A copy of current APN/APRN license o A copy of the current APN/APRN license for each state in which the applicant currently holds an APN/APRN license, including the expiration date for each.
 A list of all states in which the applicant has ever held an APN/APRN license
 A copy of current RN license for each state in which the applicant currently holds an RN license, including the expiration date for each.
 A list of all states in which the applicant has ever held an RN license
 Evidence of current CRNA practice setting
 A personal letter to the Admissions Committee o The letter should briefly describe your educational background, anesthesia experience, reason for desiring to enroll in MTSA’s DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, and the area for the concept/phenomenon of interest into which one would like to investigate further.The letter should be no more than two pages, single-spaced, with 10 or 12 point font.
 Three (3) professional references (must include at least one anesthesia provider) o Please have correct and complete addresses and phone numbers listed on the application form, in the event MTSA needs to contact them for further recommendation or clarification.The applicant is responsible for contacting references with the two-page reference forms provided with the DNAP Program application form (reference form available at www.mtsa.edu). The waiver must be signed and dated with references returned directly to MTSA.
 Official academic transcripts from EVERY institution of higher learning attended o This includes transcripts for all non-degree seeking academic courses taken since high school
  • MTSA cannot accept transcripts stamped "Issued to Student." The transcripts must be sent to MTSA directly from the institution.
  • The anesthesia school (cumulative) grade point average must be at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 grading system.
  • Transcripts must demonstrate that all general education curriculum required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to earn the baccalaureate degree were met. 
 Background check and Release
Additional Qualifications for Student Admission, Progression, and Graduation
Although this is not an all-inclusive list, MTSA believes the following qualifications represent some of the reasonable physical and intellectual requirements necessary to perform safely in both the educational program and profession of nurse anesthesia:
Observation and Communication
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients of all ages, family members, and other members on the health care team in written and spoken English.
  • Skill to read and retain large amounts of information and draw from this information to critically analyze and problem solve.
  • Ability to distinguish standard patient responses from non-standard responses and plan interventions accordingly using critical thinking. Also possess judgment to know when to call for assistance from other members of healthcare team.
  • Exhibit professional and appropriate behavior when interacting with patients, all members of the healthcare team, and the general public.
  • Maintain professionalism and confidentiality when dealing with patient issues, adhering to HIPAA guidelines.
  • Display good judgment and ethical behavior that is in coordination with common Christian standards including honesty, integrity, sensitivity to culture and the person, and adherence to the professional nursing code of ethics.

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