Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Anesthesia Specialization - Accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Become a Nurse Anesthetist

Advance your nursing education and professional career by earning your terminal degree and becoming a CRNA. 

The Nurse Anesthesia Specialization of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Murray State University is operated as a partnership with Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville to educate baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses for a career as Nurse Anesthetists. If you’re a Registered Nurse (RN) looking for more autonomy working with patients in an operating room, intensive care unit, or surgical facility, then becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) might be the perfect job for you.

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Blended distance learning format.

The blended distance learning format reduces your time on campus. The first two semesters (Fall and Spring) of the program are 100% online. This combination curriculum of online and distance study allows you to learn from where you live and work during the first year of the program. The remainder of the program is taught in a hybrid format with core courses taught online and specialty courses delivered in a traditional face-to-face format and using Zoom for classroom access. Clinical education during the second year is provided at Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, Madisonville, Kentucky or St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. Students must relocate to one of those assigned communities. Enrichment experiences during the third year are in a variety of settings across Kentucky and Southern Indiana are carefully selected to enhance anesthesia education.

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Affordable tuition.

  • Regardless of your state of residence, you will pay in-state Kentucky tuition rates.
  • Students complete the degree in 36 months (August-August).
  • Doctoral tuition rates

Quality faculty who are expert nurses, educators, and nurse anesthetists.

We are a small program, which means you will get to know your faculty. We are committed to ensuring your education will prepare you to achieve your professional goals in a supportive environment. Our values of compassion, professionalism, excellence, and integrity are encapsulated in the education provided in the DNP program. The Nurse Anesthesia faculty are experienced as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The Non-CRNA faculty are experienced nurses and educators with a wide variety of clinical expertise that will help you integrate the required competencies and prepare you for a career as an advanced practice nurse.

Diverse clinical experiences. 

The clinical experiences offered by the Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville/Murray State University DNP Program prepare graduates to practice as an independent CRNA. Students are provided with opportunities to complete clinical experiences in diverse settings with a specialized focus on rural settings.

The average number of cases for Class of 2021 was 1,001 which is above the minimum number required by accreditation standards. Students express high levels of satisfaction with the quality of clinical learning and diversity of opportunities.

Accreditation and outcomes

Murray State University/Baptist Health Madisonville Program of Anesthesia DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs accredited by: Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Expiration Date: Spring 2026.

Date of next onsite review: October 1, 2025. 

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, Ill. 60068-5603
Main Number: 224-275-9130 | accreditation@coacrna.org

  • August 2022: 17
  • 2021: 16

National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) certification pass rates

100% of 2020 graduates successfully completed the NCE within 60 days of program completion.

  • 2022: (1st attempt): 82%
    2022: (2nd  attempt): 94%
  • 2021: (1st attempt): 95%
    2021: (2nd  attempt): 100%
  • Class of 2022: 5%
  • Class of 2021: 11%

Employment rates within 6 months of graduation: 100% for the Class of 2021 graduating classes.

Apply for Admission

Applications for the DNP Program are submitted through NursingCas. The deadline for submission of all materials is November 1.

Steps to applying

  1. Apply for Graduate School at Murray State University and pay all associated fees.
  2. Submit an application to the DNP program through NursingCAS, create an account follow all of the directions for submission. The fee charged by NursingCAS will apply. There are no additional MSU fees.
  3. Follow the NursingCAS procedures and send your official official transcripts from all schools you have attended to NursingCAS. The procedures are on their website. Please note, transcripts will be sent to MSU only after you are accepted into the program.
    Attention: if you're applying to a program with a deadline between now and January 31, 2023 and that is still listed in the 2021-2022 application, go to the 2021-2022 NursingCAS application portal.
  4. Complete a formal interview. Selected qualified applicants will be invited for a formal interview in January at Murray State University--Madisonville Regional Campus, Madisonville, KY
  5. Check your email. Applicants will be notified about acceptance by mid-February. Wait to hear from the program via email regarding the status of your application.
  6. After you are invited to accept admission to the program, send your transcripts to Murray State.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program
  • Three professional references submitted via NursingCAS
  • One (1) year critical care experience as a registered nurse (excluding orientation to the critical care unit) within the past 5 years and completed by the November 1 application deadline
  • Prerequisite Courses:
  • Chemistry: organic, inorganic, or biochemistry course 
  • Undergraduate Statistics
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Kentucky
  • Current BLS, PALS and ACLS certification
  • Completion of CCRN or NIC certification exams recommended
  • If selected, interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee will be required
  • TOEFL score required if English is second language
  • If an applicant has been dismissed from or withdrawn from a graduate nursing program, he or she must provide a letter of good standing from all previously attended graduate programs.

Contact Us

Dr. Kristin Reid

DNP Program Director/Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Professions

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