MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program

Currently accepting eligible candidates

  • Fall 2017 application deadline is September 1, 2016. All required documents must be uploaded into the application or received in the Graduate Admissions office on September 1, 2016. Interview will be conducted in late October/early November.

The student nurse anesthetist will have the opportunity to interact with faculty from a variety of disciplines during this 28 month intensive program at Lourdes. Theory courses will be presented by nursing (both CRNA and other advanced practice nurses), science and medical professors, and community professionals. Various teaching methods will be utilized throughout the curriculum including distance education via videoconferencing. Clinical experience will offer the student the ability to apply didactic knowledge to the practice of nurse anesthesia. Instruction will be provided by CRNA and anesthesiologist mentors in a variety of clinical settings.

Students will have the opportunity to meet the case requirements mandated by the COA, and will gain experience in general, regional, and MAC anesthesia techniques with a diverse population of patients. The program currently is contracted with 16 clinical affiliate sites, and all of them are estimated to be within a one-hour drive of our campus. These clinical affiliations will allow us to offer the best possible clinical experience.

A Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (GNAC) is available for applicants who have already received an advanced degree in nursing—Master's or Doctoral. Upon completion of the GNAC program, students will receive a certificate of completion, not an additional master’s or higher degree.

Currently the maximum number of students per cohort is 12–16, with strategic plans to increase the number of students per cohort to 18 in the future. Applications will be reviewed and select applicants will be invited to campus for interviews.


Lourdes University MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program and Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through Spring 2016.

*Next consideration of continued accreditation scheduled in fall 2015

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
Address: 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: 847-655-1160

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MSN:  NAP program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited nursing program or a baccalaureate degree in Nursing or other appropriate major such as a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from a regionally accredited college or university. Transcripts of undergraduate courses may be reviewed by program advisor prior to application process at applicants request
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Course content and a grade of 3.0 or better within the last 10 years in: Anatomy & Physiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in any state
  • A minimum of 2 years (within the last five years) as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a critical care area prior to matriculation
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS
  • Current CCRN
  • Statement of purpose(max. 500 words) answering the following:
    • why you have chosen nurse anesthesia as a profession
    • why you have chosen a faith based institution
    • why you have chosen Lourdes University
  • Three letters of recommendation utilizing the Lourdes University recommender form. Recommendations must be from the following individuals:
    • An anesthesia provider, either a CRNA or anesthesiologist
    • An immediate supervisor
    • A physician the applicant has worked closely with in the critical care area
  • A minimum shadowing experience of 1-2 days (8-16 hours) with a CRNA or anesthesiologist
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Completed application
  • Successful completion of interview process (interview is by invitation only)
  • Accepted candidates must complete a graduate level statistics course prior to matriculation

Complete Admissions requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.

Program Statistics

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics Inaugural (Cohort 1)

  • Thirteen Students Enrolled in Inaugural NAP Cohort
  • 8% attrition rate
  • 92% Graduation rate
  • 83% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 100% NCE (Board) pass rate by March 1, 2014
  • 100% of graduates have been employed or secured employment within 3 months of graduation. Many of the graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the NAP

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics (Cohort 2)

  • Twelve Students Enrolled in NAP Cohort 2
  • 8% attrition rate
  • 92% Graduation rate
  • 91% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 100% NCE (Board) pass rate by March 1, 2015
  • 100% Employment by March, 2015. Many of the graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the Nurse Anesthesia Program

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Email Graduate Admissions

Melissa Bergfeld
Admissions Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210, ext. 3517

Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions
Toll Free: 800-878-3210 ext. 8908

Dawn AuBuchon M.S., C.R.N.A.
Administrator, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Rebecca Zechman, M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Professor / MSN Program Coordinator