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For nurses with a master’s degree in nursing or a master’s degree in another discipline, graduate certificate programs are offered in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education. Each requires 12 semester hours of work and can generally be completed in one year. The certificates are designed to provide relevant transfer credit into other graduate programs. Additionally, a certificate program is offered in Nurse Anesthesia for nurses with a MSN in another specialty.

Graduate Nursing Leadership Certificate

The Graduate Nursing Leadership Certificate is an alternative for individuals who desire leadership and administrative knowledge but are not necessarily interested in completing another graduate degree.

The courses included in the certificate are:

NUR 610 Leadership Foundations
NUR 611 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
NUR 617 Financial Tools for Leaders and Organizations
NUR 680 Leadership Seminar

Graduate Nursing Education Certificate

The Graduate Nursing Education Certificate is an alternative for individuals who desire the knowledge, skills and ability to teach in a variety of settings but are not necessarily interested in completing another graduate degree.

The courses included in the certificate are:

NUR 640 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
NUR 643 Curriculum Design
NUR 645 Assessment and Evaluation I Healthcare Education
NUR 690 Practicum in Advanced Nursing Roles

Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate

The Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (GNAC) program is designed for nurses who have a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a concentration in areas other than nurse anesthesia and want the knowledge, skills and ability to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and provide anesthesia in the clinical setting.

The courses included in the certificate are:

NUR 603 Basic Principles of Anesthesia and Lab
NUR 604 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia and Lab
NUR 605 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II
NUR 606 Chemistry & Physics for Nurse Anesthesia
NUR 607 Pharmacology I (Videoconference)
NUR 608 Pharmacology II (Videoconference)
NUR 613 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology/Pathophysiology I
NUR 614 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology/Pathophysiology II
NUR 615 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology/Pathophysiology III
NUR 619 Advanced Physical Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
NUR 630 Launch Into Clinical Practicum
NUR 631 Clinical Practicum 1
NUR 632 Clinical Practicum 11
NUR 633 Clinical Practicum 111
NUR 634 Clinical Practicum IV
NUR 635 Clinical Practicum V
NUR 636 Clinical Practicum VI
NUR 646 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia
NUR 691 Senior Seminar

GNAC Course of Study

GNAC Admission Requirements

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


  • Graduation from a nationally accredited MSN nursing program.
  • A Master’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university.  Degree must be completed and final transcripts submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Course content and a grade of 3.0 or better within the last 10 years in Anatomy and Physiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in any state
  • Current BLS, ACLS and PALS
  • Current CCRN
  • Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission and pay a non-refundable $50 application fee. For more information please contact Student Accounts at 419-824-3696.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation using the Lourdes University recommender form. Recommendations must be from the following individuals:
    • 1. A current peer who works alongside the candidate.
    • 2. An immediate supervisor, someone who performs or can evaluate the candidate in the work place.
    • 3. A physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant the applicant has worked closely with in the critical care area.
  • Have completed a minimum shadowing experience of 1-2 days (8-16 hours) with a CRNA or anesthesiologist. NAP Shadowing Experience Form
  • Complete a graduate level statistics course prior to matriculation
  • Critical Care Work Experience Form
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview (by invitation only)
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a critical care area.
  • Critical care areas include SICU, MICU, CICU, NICU, PICU, Neuro ICU, and ER. ER nursing will be considered as fulfilling this requirement and will be individually considered based on the acuity/intensity of the ER.

NOTE: The administration of the Nurse Anesthesia Program reserves the right to offer and allow adjustments to the admission requirements or processes on an individual case basis while remaining consistent with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination in its admission processes.

Complete Admissions requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.

Gainful Employment Opportunities

Students who are accepted into the GNAC program will be certified for employment as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist after passing the National Certification Examination. Learn more about Program Costs and Employment Opportunities and about jobs related to this program.