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  The Summer 2022 nurse anesthesia program application cycle opens August 15, 2021.

Nurse Anesthesia Program
Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a nurse anesthetist? 

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.

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 34 students.

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, and spring semesters. 

  • To register for class, apply at marian.edu/apply-now and select "Doctorate Non-Degree with the area of interest DNP-ND."
  • 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, CNEA 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

Applying to the CRNA track

  1. Create an account: Starting August 15, 2021, applicants should create an account through the graduate admissions application portal or NursingCAS
  2. Supplemental application instructions will be provided after the application is submitted.
    • Letters of recommendation may be submitted by the recommenders to gradmissions@marian.edu or the applicant may initiate the recommendation form from within the application portal. (The latter is preferred.)
    • Clinical observation forms may be submitted by the applicant or by the person they shadowed.
    • Official transcripts should be sent electronically to gradmissions@marian.edu
  3. A completed application and supporting documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission by October 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed for interview consideration.
  4. Final decisions will be sent by the second week of December 2021.

For tuition rates, please visit the Business Office "Tuition Rates" 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 EducationThe Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). There has been no attrition to date. The program enrolls only Bachelor of Science in Nursing students from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or CCNE accredited program, who meet all admission criteria annually.

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%
    • Overall pass rate: 92.8%
    • Employed as CRNAs within six months of graduation: 92.8%

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