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Post-Master's DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track

As the acuity level of the surgical patients increase and the complexity of the practice continues to demand more of the nurse anesthetist, additional knowledge and skills are being required to serve as a leader in both the operating room suite and within one's practice. To address these growing demands upon the nurse anesthetist, a 5-semester Post-Master's DNP Program is available to enhance your effectiveness as a practitioner and leader in the profession of nurse anesthesia.

Are You Eligible? Post-Master's DNP Admission Criteria

  • Current unencumbered RN and APN licensure (if applicable) in state of residence.
  • Eligible for licensure as registered nurse and APN (if applicable) in Tennessee
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science, preferably in Nursing, from an accredited program.
  • Completion of a masters degree in nursing from an accredited program preferred
  • Earned master's degree other than an MSN may be considered but may require additional coursework prior to enrollment. If applying for nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia tracks, must demonstrate evidence of current national certification in the specialty area.
  • Cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Interview with the Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee
  • International students must complete TOEFL with WES evaluations of transcripts
  • Statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities, and community service that supports future goals in obtaining a Practice Doctorate

Program Offerings and Deadlines

Priority Application deadline of March 1 is noted for priority acceptance into this track that begins the fall of each year. Applications are accepted for fall enrollment until class is full.

2015-2016 Tuition Rates

Post-Master's DNP Full-time Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall Semester I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3
Spring Semester I
NUR 715 Tech. Transformations of Health Care 3
NUR 725 Health Care Policy & Economics 3
NUR 790 DNP Project Development 3
Summer Semester I
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2
NUR 745 Leadership & Teaching Practice Strategies 3
NUR 705 Org. Leadership and Management 3

Year 2

Fall Semester II
NUR 736 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3
Spring Semester II
NUR 737 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 792 Project Completion 3

Total Curriculum Hours: 38

Total Clinical Hours: 660

Post-Master's DNP Part-time Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall Semester I
NUR 720 Faith and Science 3 (3-0)
Spring Semester I
NUR 715 Technological Transformations of Healthcare 3 (3-0)
Summer Semester I
NUR 705 Organizational Leadership and Management 3 (3-0)

Year 2

Fall Semester II
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence Based Practice 3 (3-0)
NUR 730 Epidemiology 3 (3-0)
Spring Semester II
NUR 793 DNP Project Development 3 (3-0)
NUR 725 Healthcare Policy and Economics 3 (3-0)
Summer Semester II
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2 (0-2)
NUR 745 Leadership and Teaching Practice Strategies 3 (3-0)

Year 3

Fall Semester III
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation 3 (3-0)
NUR 738 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3 (0-3)
Spring Semester III
NUR 794 DNP Project Completion 3 (3-0)
NUR 739 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3 (0-3)

Total Curriculum Hours: 38

Total Clinical Hours: 660

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist for the Post-Master's DNP

  1. Application:
    • All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. DNP Graduate Studies Application (.pdf)
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an international application (.pdf) must be completed and submitted with your DNP Graduate Studies Application (.pdf). All international transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited evaluating agency found at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website:
  2. Personal Statement: Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Your reasons for seeking a clinical doctorate
    • Your plans to use this degree to transform your practice and the profession of nursing
    • A problem statement reflective of an issue in your practice you have identified as an opportunity for a practice inquiry project
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $75 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application.
  4. Transcripts: Official Transcripts from ALL colleges attended. (Official means they are received at Union University in a sealed envelope from the college you attended). We will accept official transcripts sent electronically through eSCRIP-SAFE. If you attended an international college, you will need to have those transcripts evaluated by one of the agencies found on
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the Graduate Studies Application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  9. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.

*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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