DNAP Program Admission Requirements

CRNA Completion Degree Format

MTSA plans to enroll 20 accepted applicants into the class for Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program, which will be conducted in a CRNA completion degree format, once each year, with classes beginning in early September. Each of the following criteria must be met for an applicant to be considered for an admission interview. After the April 30 application deadline, the DNAP Program Screening Committee will review the applicant pool, based on the following requirements, to determine which applicants will receive an invitation to interview with the DNAP Program Admissions Committee.

  • Graduation from a COA-Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program
    Documentation of graduation from a Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), by submission of the applicant’s Official CCNA Transcript is required prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format.
  • Current Certification or Recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
    Prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, the applicant have documentation of current initial certification or recertification as a CRNA, from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).
  • Current active membership with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    Prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, the applicant must have documentation of current active membership as a CRNA with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
  • A Master’s Degree
    A minimum of a master’s degree is required prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format. The applicant’s entry to practice level nurse anesthesia education must have been at least at the master’s degree level. Furthermore, the master’s degree must have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Current Licensure as an Advanced Practice (Registered) Nurse (APN/APRN)
    Prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, the applicant must have a current APN or APRN license in his state of residence in the United States, if applicable in the state of residence.
  • Current Licensure as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN)
    Prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, the applicant must also have a current RN license in his state of residence in the United States.
  • CRNA Practice
    Prior to interview, acceptance, and enrollment at MTSA for the DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, the applicant must provide evidence of his current CRNA practice setting.
  • Personal Letter
    A brief personal letter addressed to the DNAP Program Admissions Committee (to be received by April 30, prior to any interview) summarizing experience, with reasons for wishing to enroll in MTSA’s DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format, as well as the general area for the concept/phenomenon of interest into which one would like to investigate further.
  • References
    Submit three (3) professional references utilizing the MTSA DNAP Program form, which is available on the MTSA website. One of these must be from an anesthesia provider.
  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts (issued directly from the institution to MTSA and not stamped as issued to student) of ALL academic work since high school must be submitted to the MTSA DNAP Admissions Coordinator (fax: (615)732-7662), prior to the April 30 application deadline. This includes ANY non-degree seeking courses taken at any time since high school. If an applicant is enrolled in any course between the time he submits the application and the interview, he MUST have an official transcript for this course submitted to MTSA, PRIOR to the interview. If an applicant is enrolled in any course between the interview and enrollment, he MUST have an official transcript for this course submitted to MTSA, PRIOR to enrollment. Continued acceptance and enrollment are contingent upon MTSA’s receipt of this official transcript.
  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
    A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission to MTSA’s DNAP program in the CRNA completion degree format. The DNAP Program Screening Committee reviews the entire applicant pool each year to determine the most highly qualified applicants to receive invitations to interview. The DNAP Program Screening Committee will consider offering interviews to candidates whose scores may have been borderline in early years, but whose most recent transcripts show evidence of strong grades.
  • Background Check and Release
    A federal (FBI) background check must be obtained within the one-year period immediately prior to an applicant interview. Go to www.fbi.gov and click on “Stats and Services,” then click on “Background Checks.” Follow the directions to complete the Applicant Information Form. The applicant must C/O: MTSA have the results sent directly to MTSA. In the section labeled “Mail Results to Address,” enter the following information: MTSA, ATTN: Pam Nimmo, P.O. Box 417, Madison TN 37116. Complete steps 1-5 to have your FBI record sent to MTSA. If the report is not received by the deadline of April 30 you will be required to provide, at a minimum, a confirmation number that your application was sent and the report is pending. The report (or confirmation number, at a minimum) MUST be received by MTSA, PRIOR to an applicant interview.
  • Personal Interview
    A personal interview with the DNAP Program Admissions Committee is available ONLY by invitation from the DNAP Program Screening Committee.

Admissions Deadline

The deadline for a COMPLETED application file (to include ALL requirements listed above) is April 30 to qualify for an interview for the incoming September class. (For consideration for the incoming September 2014 class, the application deadline is anticipated to be April 30, 2014, but is subject to change.)

*Deadlines may be extended only by special vote of the DNAP Program Screening Committee. Candidates contacting MTSA after the deadline and wishing to be considered need to tell the Admissions Coordinator they want to request special consideration by the DNAP Program Screening Committee.

Graduates who have not achieved licensure as professional Registered Nurses (RN) and as Advanced Practice (Registered) Nurses (APN/APRN) in the United States will not meet the eligibility requirements for admission to MTSA’s DNAP Program in the CRNA completion degree format. For graduates of foreign undergraduate schools, MTSA requires that all transcripts from foreign schools be reviewed by a common external agency. This review is the responsibility of the applicant, and will not be done by MTSA. This external agency can be contacted via the following methods:

Other Admissions Issues: Director of Evaluation, World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-0745 Telephone Number: 212-966-6311; Fax 212-966-6395; E-mail: info@wes.org

School Visits (Optional)

Applicants are invited to contact the Admissions Coordinator to make an appointment to visit the School and talk with her (Pam Nimmo, 615-732-7662, admissions@mtsa.edu) during the application process.

Re-Applicants

ALL applicants who are re-applying must meet the following requirements:

1. Sign and submit the appropriate form to ask that their file remain active

2. Complete and submit a new application form

3. Submit a $60 re-application fee with the new application form

4. Submit a minimum of three (3) NEW professional references. One of these must be from an anesthesia provider.

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