FNP Track

Practice in our high-fidelity, state-of-the-art, 1,750 sq. ft. simulation center with three operating rooms!

As a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), you will train to administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of operation or procedure—from open heart surgery to pain management programs.

As an advanced practice registered nurse, you will practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. You will carry a heavy load of responsibility, of course, but you will also be compensated accordingly. A CRNA is one of the highest paid of the nursing professions—making it an excellent career choice in today's booming healthcare industry. You will work closely with health professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and anesthesiologists.

Marian University's history is rich with Franciscan values and a heart for service in a tradition that goes beyond just student satisfaction to that of meeting the needs of the greater community. CRNAs are in demand. If you'd like to be part of the solution, we will help you get there.

Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Administrators will help students in securing all clinical sites and student preceptors to ensure high-quality and meaningful experiential opportunities. If you’re a BSN-prepared registered nurse (RN) who aspires to practice at the highest advanced level or work as a nursing executive, earning a DNP degree can help you reach your career goals.


As an CRNA, you will be prepared to work as an independent anesthesia provider or as a member of an anesthesia care team.

The nurse anesthesia curriculum totals 87 credit hours. Courses are delivered face-to-face, online, and in hybrid format. Advanced nursing coursework includes but is not limited to:

  • Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist in the simulation labpathophysiology,
  • advanced health assessment,
  • pharmacology,
  • anesthesia principles,
  • simulation courses,
  • leadership,
  • policy,
  • information management,
  • translation of evidence into practice, and
  • six semesters of clinical courses.

Students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia track complete the program in nine semesters.


  • The Marian University nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Marian University jumped to #2 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings for "Most Innovative Midwest Regional Universities." And out of the 157 universities in the region, we came in at #27 in the “Best Midwest Regional Universities” category.
  • Our campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown Indianapolis, which was ranked ninth in "America's Most Affordable Cities" in 2017 by Forbes.
  • As a nurse anesthesia student in our DNP program you will practice your skills in our dedicated, state-of-the-art, anesthesia simulation center.
  • Develop your critical thinking skills and your anesthesia task acquisition before you are placed in the operating room.
  • A full-year immersion experience provides clinical training with the depth, breadth, volume, and intensity necessary to deliver quality patient-centered care as an entry level CRNA.
  • You will develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty CRNAs.

Contact graduate admissions at GRadmissions@marian.edu or (317) 955-6400 to speak with an advisor.