DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Doctorate

Program Length

36 Months

Program Type

  • On Campus


Active RN Licensure
GPA 3.2
Science Coursework:
GPA 3.0

To apply, submit an application along with a fee of $75 to Jefferson.

After submitting the application, you will receive instructions on how to submit the supporting application materials listed below through your online MyJefferson account. If you prefer, you may also mail your materials to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Graduate Application Document Processing
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

You will receive a MyJefferson identification number via email once you submit your application for admission. Be sure to include your name and MyJefferson ID on all documents that you mail to Jefferson.

Supporting Materials

Transcripts: Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. Official transcripts can be sent electronically by the institution to or mailed to the address above.

Personal Statement: In 750 words or less, describe your motivation for pursuing this program at Jefferson, including your educational and professional goals that this program will help you achieve.  

Letters of Recommendation: Submit three letters of reference. References should come from either professional or academic sources such as supervisors, managers, charge nurses, instructors, and/or clinical nurse educators. You may request recommendations through your MyJefferson account.

Résumé: Submit curriculum vitae/resume demonstrating a minimum of 1-year full-time work experience, or part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting. This critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. It is important to have a solid background in hemodynamic monitoring, managing invasive lines (pulmonary artery catheters, arterial lines, central venous catheters), ventilator support, vasoactive infusions, and ECG interpretation.

Students must be able to have an extensive understanding of physiology and pathophysiology, critical thinking skills, and the ability to successfully manage challenging patients. Experience in a surgical ICU, medical ICU, cardiac ICU, neuro ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, trauma ICU, pediatric ICU, or neonatal ICU all can offer nurses the experience needed to prepare them for a nurse anesthesia program.

Professional License/Certification: Upload the following professional licenses and certifications, and expiration date if applicable, in MyJefferson:

  • Active Nursing (RN) License
  • Current American Heart Association CPR/BLS card
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card*
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) card*

* Please provide at least one of the following: PALS or ACLS. If admitted, you will be required to have the other certification by the time you enroll in the program.

Interview: An interview is required. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview after all supporting application materials are received and a preliminary review by the Admissions Committee has been conducted.

Admissions Prerequisites

Before applying to Jefferson, you should review the prerequisites required for admission for your program of interest.

Additional Requirements for International Coursework

Students who have taken coursework outside of the United States should submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member credentialing organization. Applicants who do not have a NACES evaluation are required to submit official transcripts, along with an official English translation, to Jefferson for review. Thomas Jefferson University reserves the right to outsource student academic credentials to our NACES member partner for evaluation.

International Applicants

At Jefferson, we set a high priority on the exchange of ideas, research, and education with members of the international community. Learn more about specific requirements for international applicants.

Application Deadlines

To be considered complete and eligible for review, all supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Application Opens: August 1
Fall Priority Application Deadline: November 15
Fall Application Deadline: February 15


Contact us for more information about this program, how to apply for admission, and your application status.

Phone: 215-951-2800