Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Entry Level Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program

If you are interested in applying for the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing DNP or Post-Master of Science in Nursing DNP, please click here.

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

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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

Degree & GPA & Prerequisites

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research with a grade of B or better
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment with a grade of B or better (if integrated into the undergraduate course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation)

Official Transcripts

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.

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation must be performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript submission instructions

Certifications & Licenses


Upload a copy of current CPR completion card through the American Heart Association in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.” 

Nursing (RN) License

Upload your current and unencumbered RN licensure and/or APRN in the United States in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”   

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) &
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

Upload proof of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”

Resume/Clinical Experience

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. 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.

Recommendation Letters

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.

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

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.

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890