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Nurse Anesthesia Program
Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a nurse anesthetist? 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who safely provide more than 43 million anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care each year in the United States. As a CRNA you will be trained 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 in values and service with 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, let the Leighton School of Nursing help get you there.

Nurse Anesthesia track

The Nurse Anesthesia curriculum totals 87 credit-hours and provides RNs with critical care experience to administer anesthesia in all anesthetic settings to individuals of diverse populations across the lifespan.

  • Didactic and clinical experiences will be supplemented by education and training in our high-fidelity anesthesia simulation lab.
  • Expert certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists provide clinical education in all forms of anesthesia care throughout the lifespan.
  • This is a full-time, 36-month program with one cohort admitted yearly.
  • The nurse anesthesia track will be accepting 24 students in the 2020 cohort.

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically under-served areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services. The Leighton School of Nursing will support, challenge, and prepare its CNRAs to practice in every setting, including:

  • Tertiary referral/trauma centers
  • Traditional hospital surgical suites
  • Obstetrical delivery rooms
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists
  • U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veteran's Affairs healthcare facilities

Sample curriculum

Sample curriculum DNP CRNA full-time

Prerequisite requirement

A graduate level statistics course is required prior to matriculation in the program.

Marian University offers BMS 511 Biostatistics online during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To register for this course, apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the graduate admissions application portal.

  • Click on the yellow link that reads "Apply now as a graduate student" and select "Non-degree classes – graduate" as your program of interest.
  • Once you are accepted, you will receive an email that explains the enrollment process. If you have questions about applying, please contact Graduate Admissions at GRadmissions@marian.edu

Admission requirements

  • A BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00/4.00
  • Current, valid RN license
  • Current resume or CV
  • A 500 word essay addressing your career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references. One letter must be from a critical care supervisor.
  • Clinical Observation Form
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee
  • One year of critical care experience (Level I/II trauma center intensive care experience preferred)
  • CCRN certification

Steps towards applying (CRNA)

  1. Starting an application: Starting September 1, 2020, applicants must create an account through the Graduate Admissions Application portal, select the program of interest, complete and submit the Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. Sending supporting documents: Go to the instructions tab located in the admissions portal. 
    • Letters of recommendation and clinical observation forms must be submitted by the recommenders to gradmissions@marian.edu.
    • Official transcripts:
      • Electronic (preferred) sent to gradmissions@marian.edu
      • Mailed:
        Marian University
        Office of Graduate Admission 
        3200 Cold Spring Rd
        Indianapolis, IN 46222
  3. A completed application and supporting documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission by October 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed for interview consideration.
  4. Final decisions will be sent by the second week of December 2020.

For tuition rates, please visit the Business Office "tuition rates for 2020-21" page.

Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and have been the main providers to front line U.S. military personnel since World War I.

Why should I choose Marian University?

  • Attend the "Best Regional University" in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list of the top American colleges.
  • Prepare to be a nurse anesthetist or family nurse practitioner at the highest level of nursing education.
  • Practice in the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center.
  • Develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Learn in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals.


The Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. There has been no attrition to date.

COA’s address: 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone number: 847-655-1160
Website address: www.coacrna.org

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program of Marian University Leighton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Program at a Glance

  • Credits

    87 credits
  • Year 1
    • Didactic
    • Simulation
  • Year 2
    • Didactic
    • Simulation
    • Part-time clinical
    • Scholarly project
  • Year 3
    • Clinical immersion
    • Anesthesia seminars
    • Scholarly project
    • Board review
  • Standard Completion Time

    36 months
  • Accreditation information

For more information:

Linda Overholt
(317) 955-6400 

CRNA Inaugural Cohort

  • About the Class of 2020
    • 14 students
  • Outcomes
    • 100% graduated (No attrition)
    • National certification exam pass rate for first-time takers: 64.3%
    • Adjusted first-time pass rate per the COA: 71.4%
    • Total pass rate: 92.8%
    • Employed as CRNAs within six months of graduation: 92.8%