OLOL College

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia

The purpose of the DNP-NA program is to prepare the baccalaureate registered nurse for the highest level of advanced nursing practice with a specialization in nurse anesthesia to provide safe and equitable patient centered care.  The graduates of the program will be prepared to meet state, regional and national needs as doctorally prepared advanced practice nurses in leadership positions in health-related organizations to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, and quality of care.


Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia program must complete an application specific to the program and must have a permanent, unencumbered Registered Nurse License. Applications are due by July 1st for the January class. Enrollment is limited and admission is via a competitive selection process. 

Length of Program

The DNP-NA program requires the completion of 100 credit hours, including  a final Capstone project, anesthesia lab experience with high fidelity simulation and task trainers, and 3300 clinical hours over 36 months of continuous full time study at OLOL College with no provision for part time study. The first two semesters of the program will be delivered via distance education in order to allow the registered nurse the ability to continue practice in the critical care setting. After the first two semesters the program requires continuous didactic and clinical instruction to provide the requisite number of anesthesia cases, classroom hours, and clinical hours for each student.  The program is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate achievement of its terminal objectives and outcomes.

Application Procedure

Visit the Admission Requirements page on the web site and print out Application Materials or contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700.   


See the published MSNA Tuition & Fee Schedule on our Web site.

Financial Assistance

Our Lady of the Lake College has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  

Graduation Rate/Certification Pass Rate/Employment Outlook

Since the August 2005 inception of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program at OLOL College there have been 187 graduates. Of these 187 graduates, 183 passed the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist licensing exam on the first attempt (97.86%) with the remaining four students passing the exam on the second attempt. All graduates have been employed within six months of graduation and indicate the program prepared them to function as competent anesthesia providers.  Employers consistently rate the OLOL College MSNA graduates as excellent practitioners with a broad knowledge base who demonstrate competency in administering anesthesia in all specialty areas. Several OLOL College nurse anesthesia graduates currently serve on the board of directors for state associations and many are enrolled in DNP completion programs.


The Our Lady of the Lake College Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010.  Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 300334097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Our Lady of the Lake College. The Our Lady of the Lake College Doctor of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, (225) 755-7500, http://www.lsbn.state.la.us).

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