Entry-Level Nurse Anesthesia DNP 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



Applicants interested in applying for 2021 start terms: Thomas Jefferson University is migrating to a new application platform. Students interested in 2021 start terms should start their application on the MyJefferson portal after August 1. Students applying for 2021 consideration should submit supporting materials directly to Thomas Jefferson University, not the TJAPP Application Processing Center. Instructions on how to submit your supporting materials will be available once you submit your MyJefferson application.


The Jefferson College of Nursing partners with TJAPP to collect and manage applications and supporting materials.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

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To be considered complete and eligible for review, a TJAPP application must be complete with the required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement, license and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Application deadline date.

Please note that the TJAPP processing time can take 2 to 4 weeks, please keep this in mind when applying.

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Introductory bachelor’s level course in elementary statistics (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (grade B or above); if integrated in the BSN course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation.

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to TJAPP. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision will be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

If your coursework was completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the following international evaluation agencies:

Upload a copy of the following items in your TJAPP account. Use the Documents tab within the Program Materials section:

  • Active RN License
  • Current American Heart Association CPR/BLS card
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card*
    (upload under ‘Other’)
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) card*
    (upload under ‘Other’)

*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.

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. 

Complete the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “CV/Resume.”

Submit a personal statement/essay articulating career goals, educational goals and objectives, and area of interest in pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP under the Questions tab.

Request letters of recommendation from three professional contacts (such as: supervisor, manager, instructor, charge nurse, clinical educator) in TJAPP.

An interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Admissions Committee will be offered to competitive candidates.

All nursing students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of partici­pation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Jefferson, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.