Apply to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice - Post-Master's Program

Angela Mund, CRNA, DNP, Division Director

The MUSC College of Health Professions post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP-PM) is designed for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who already hold a master’s degree in nursing or in nurse anesthesia and are seeking opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills. Graduates of the DNAP program are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world. The 31-credit DNAP program offers a diverse selection of course work from health care leadership and healthcare economics to anesthesia crisis simulation and pain management.

The objectives of the post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP-PM) program are to:

·         Produce CRNAs who have the educational tools to assume leadership roles in health care

·         Expand the educational experiences of CRNAs with additional content in pain management and in crisis simulation

·         Develop and expand current clinical practitioner knowledge, skills and abilities in creating an evidence-based practice founded in scholarly research, best practice, and outcome evaluation.


The Medical University of South Carolina Anesthesia for Nurses Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park  Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2030. Additional information regarding the COA can be found at

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Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.


Prerequisites for admission include:

  • Evidence of graduation from an accredited baccalaureate or higher nursing program, or possession of a bachelor of science degree in a basic or appropriate health sciences field;
  • Evidence of a master’s degree from a nationally accredited nurse anesthesia program;
  • Certification or recertification as a CRNA;
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse or an advanced practice registered nurse; 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (includes all college level courses; official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended must be submitted);
  • A graduate level research course;
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae and three professional references;
  • Submission of required essays. One essay will focus on the applicant’s professional goals. The second essay will discuss the applicant’s research area of interest and proposed doctoral scholarly project.

International Applicants

MUSC’s DNAP degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental materials specific to the program. The Division of Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee reviews all applicant files for merit. Personal interviews are required for acceptance and will be scheduled after applications are reviewed. When determining which applicants to interview and then to accept to the program, the committee will focus on academic achievement, professional experience, recommendations, and the quality of the essays.  For the selected, eligible applicants, interviews will be scheduled throughout the Spring semester. The twenty most qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person panel interview, and then the top applicants will be invited to join the program. Acceptance may be considered with prerequisite courses or a master's degree completion pending at the time of interview with the requirement that prerequisites and a master’s degree be completed by the time of enrollment in the DNAP program. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline listed below. Supplemental material forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2022
Regular July 1, 2021 April 30, 2022