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Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.)

Offices: 4601-4606 CPHS
Program Director: Mary Walczyk; DNP, CRNA, 4601 CPHS; 313-577-7689;
Assistant Program Director: Jessica Phillips, PhD, CRNA; 313-577-9239; 

The program strives to produce highly skilled certified registered nurse anesthetists capable of providing excellent anesthesia care to diverse populations in all settings where anesthesia practice or knowledge is required. We aim to cultivate appropriate learning environments essential to academic excellence, necessary to incorporate advanced knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to thrive and positively impact local and global communities. The program promotes research activities to enhance the knowledge and understanding of best practices important to a diverse patient population with a focus on quality patient outcomes. The program also focuses on developing mechanisms to build new and innovative partnerships across a variety of healthcare disciplines.


The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL  60018-5603

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is conducted through applications submitted to the Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) CAS application and is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School

To be eligible to apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program, applicants must have the following: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Chemistry: Organic or Biochemistry (No General Chemistry) taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher 
  • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Microbiology or Anatomy & Physiology taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher 
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credits completed 
  • Overall minimum Nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Overall Science GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Current RN licensure 
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • CCRN Certification
  • Currently employed in an ICU (SICU, MICU, CICU, Neurotrauma, Pediatric ICU in an academic teaching setting). PACU and ER employment are not accepted as ICU experience, with a minimum of one-year full time ICU experience.
  • Shadowing experience at your hospital of employment. 
  • Applicant Personal Statement — a summary (1-2 pages) double-spaced highlighting your professional nursing career. Please include reasons for desiring the nurse anesthesia profession. 
  • Three (3) professional references are required— two (2) from current ICU RN co-workers and one (1) from your immediate RN ICU supervisor. You will send the requests electronically in CAS to the three individuals you want to complete them and these individuals must submit their completed recommendations electronically via the Centralized Application System.
  • If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, students must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by World Education Services: The results of the evaluation must be sent to Wayne State University and the Centralized Application System. 
  • Complete WSU Graduate Application at time of admission offer. 

Please consult the WSU NA Website for a complete list of admission criteria.

All deadlines noted on this website must be abided by in order to be considered for admission to the WSU NA program. Due to the highly competitive nature of admission to this program, successful completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Interview 

A personal interview will be granted to select individuals who meet all admission requirements and have submitted the CAS application and the WSU Graduate Application by the admissions deadlines. 

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Admission to the program is competitive. Students who are offered admission to the WSU NA program will have a Criminal Background Check performed by Certiphi, Inc. Matriculation into the program will depend on the results of that check, and successful completion of the WSU Graduate Application.

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree is 87 credits taken over nine semesters. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The nurse anesthesia program is offered full-time only. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, respectively, and in accordance with the Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook. No course work may be transferred or substituted for credit into the Wayne State University DNAP curriculum.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
AN 7010 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis 3
AN 7100 Advanced Pharmacology I 3
AN 7220 Advanced Physiology I 3
AN 7500 Physics, Equipment, and Safety for Anesthesia 2
AN 7780 Professional Dimensions 3
Winter Semester
AN 7020 Practicum and Simulation I 2
AN 7110 Advanced Pharmacology II 3
AN 7150 Principles of Anesthesia I 3
AN 7240 Advanced Physiology II 3
Spring/Summer Semester
AN 7030 Advanced Clinical Practicum II 2
AN 7160 Principles of Anesthesia II 3
AN 7640 Research and Statistics 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AN 7040 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III 2
AN 7170 Principles of Anesthesia III 3
AN 7600 Regional Anesthesia 3
AN 7890 DNAP Project Proposal 1
AN 7880 Anesthesia Seminar 1
Winter Semester
AN 7050 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV 2
AN 7181 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia IV 3
AN 8000 DNAP Project I 1
AN 7880 Anesthesia Seminar 1
AN 7241 Pathophysiology 3
Spring/Summer Semester
AN 7060 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V 3
AN 7903 Health Care Policy 3
AN 7901 Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Practice 3
AN 8001 DNAP Project II 1
Third Year
Fall Semester
AN 7070 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VI 3
AN 7902 Ethics and Health Care 3
AN 8002 DNAP Project III 1
AN 7880 Anesthesia Seminar 1
Winter Semester
AN 7080 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VII 3
AN 7891 Advanced Clinical Application I 2
AN 8003 DNAP Project IV 2
AN 7880 Anesthesia Seminar 1
Spring/Summer Semester
AN 7090 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VIII 3
AN 7892 Advanced Clinical Application II 3
AN 8004 DNAP Project Completion 2
 Total Credits87
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