OLOL College

DNP-NA Admission Requirements

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited ACEN or CCNE accredited school of nursing college or university
  3. Minimum of 1-year full-time (2 years preferred) recent experience as a registered nurse in an adult critical care unit
  4. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Academic preparedness for advanced sciences and advanced clinical skills
  6. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 290 (or equivalent) within the last five (5) years; official copy must be submitted
  7. Completion of application requirements by July 1st as stated in the graduate application instructions
  8. Current BLS and ACLS certification
  9. Submission of three professional letters of recommendation (one from current immediate supervisor)
  10. Students with English as a second language must adhere to the Franciscan University English as a Second Language Policy (ESL)
  11. Must meet and comply with the DNP-NA Core Performance Standards
  12. CCRN certification required for reapplication.

Candidates who satisfactorily meet these criteria may be invited for an evaluated interview.

Curriculum Plan 

Students seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia degree must complete the 100 credit hours in the curriculum. Of the 100 credit hours, 49 credit hours of didactic instruction are taught face-to-face, 21 hours of didactic instruction are taught via distance education, 3 credit hours (135 contact hours) are taught in simulation and skills lab, utilizing high-fidelity simulation and task trainers and 27 credit hours (3300 clinical hours) are taught in the clinical setting via preceptorship.

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