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BSN-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 BSN-DNP Program is available to enhance your effectiveness as a practitioner and leader in the profession of nurse anesthesia.

Are You Eligible? Program Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN
  • Eligible for licensure as registered nurse and APN (if applicable) in Tennessee
  • Eligible for RN licensure in TN, KY, and MS
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from an accredited program or with a previously earned Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Applicant must complete or show evidence of completion of the General Education Requirements.
  • Last 60 hours GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Science GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale; defined as Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, and statistics preferred
  • CCRN preferred
  • Experience as a preceptor and/or charge nurse preferred.
  • Leadership within the ICU or place of employment with professional or clinical development projects preferred, such as: policy development, practice change initiatives, evidence-based practice initiatives, instructor in BLS/ACLS/PALS.
  • 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
  • One year of critical care experience, preferably in the last year (Nurse Anesthesia Applicants Only)
  • If applicant has been dismissed from or withdrawn from a nurse anesthesia program, he or she must provide a letter from the previous program director addressing this dismissal/withdrawal

2015-2016 Tuition Rates

Program Offerings and Deadlines

Application deadlines: The priority deadline for all application documents is October 1st of each year. The final deadline for all application documents is February 1st of each year.

General Education Requirements

With an Earned Bachelor's Degree in Another Field:

General Education Requirements:
Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 hours total, 4 hours each
Microbiology 4 hours
Pathophysiology 300 level or higher
Any Undergraduate Statistics course 3 hours
Nursing Requirements:
Scientific Writing NUR 306 1 hour
Research NUR 330 3 hours

BSN-DNP Curriculum Model

Year 1

Fall I
NUR 720 Faith and Science* 3
NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences* 3
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment (1/2 semester; 40 lab hours) 3
BIO 505/507 Anatomy and Physiology I and II (1/2 semester each) 6
NUR 519 Professional Aspects (1/2 semester) 3
Spring I
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice* 3
NUR 715 Technological Transformations of Healthcare* 3
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NUR 609 Basics of Anesthesia 4
Summer I
NUR 532 Anesthesia Pharmacology II 3
BIO 509 Applied Human Gross Anatomy 4
NUR 534 Advanced Principles in Anesthesia 3
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing* 2
NUR 524 Anesthesia Techniques (10 lab hours) 3

Year 2

Fall II
NUR 710 Methods for Evidence Based Practice* 3
NUR 730 Epidemiology* 3
NUR 611 Obstetrical Anesthesia: Perspectives of Anesthetic Care 2
NUR 612 Pediatric Anesthesia: Perspectives of Anesthetic Care 2
NUR 554 Clinical Practicum I (480 clinical hours) 1
Spring II
NUR 793 DNP Project Development* 3
NUR 725 Healthcare Policy and Economics* 3
NUR 613 Cardiovascular Pulmonary Anesthesia: Perspectives of Anesthetic Care 3
NUR 614 Neurosurgical Anesthesia: Perspectives of Anesthetic Care 2
NUR 574 Clinical Practicum II (855 clinical hours) 2
Summer II
NUR 735 Fellowship I (180 clinical hours) 2
NUR 705 Organizational Leadership and Management* 3
NUR 745 Leadership and Teaching Practice Strategies* 3
NUR 691 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency (675 clinical hours) 1

Year 3

Fall III
NUR 791 DNP Project Implementation* 3
NUR 738 Fellowship II (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 691 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency (765 clinical hours) 1
Spring III
NUR 794 DNP Project Completion* 3
NUR 739 Fellowship III (240 clinical hours) 3
NUR 691 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency (855 clinical hours) 1
Summer III
NUR 728 Transitions to DNP Practice 3
NUR 691 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency (675 clinical hours) 1
* Represents Online Courses

Total Credit Hours: 99

Total Months: 36

Total Clinical Hours: 2860

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Applications:
    • 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 Application (.pdf)
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an international application (.pdf) must be completed and submitted with your DNP Graduate 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:
    • Why you wish to become a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Administrator/Leader
    • What you plan to do with this degree, including long term goals
    • 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 Union University Graduate Studies Application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN or MSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. 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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