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Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program
in the Leighton School of Nursing

Why should I become a Nurse Anesthetist? 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who safely provide more than 43 million anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care each year in the United States. As a CRNA you will be trained to administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of operation or procedure--from open heart surgery to pain management programs.

As an advanced practice registered nurse, you will practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. You will carry a heavy load of responsibility, of course, but you will also be compensated accordingly.  A CRNA is one of the highest paid of the nursing professions--making it an excellent career choice in today's booming health care industry. You will work closely with health professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists.

Marian University's history is rich in values and service with a tradition that goes beyond just student satisfaction to that of meeting the needs of the greater community. CRNAs are in demand. If you'd like to be part of the solution, let the Leighton School of Nursing help get you there.

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically under-served areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. The Leighton School of Nursing will support, challenge, and prepare its CNRAs to practice in every setting, including:

  • Tertiary referral/trauma centers
  • Traditional hospital surgical suites
  • Obstetrical delivery rooms
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists
  • U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veteran's Affairs healthcare facilities

Prerequisite requirement

Graduate level biostatistics/epidemiology courses are required for the program. Applicants must have completed these courses prior to matriculation.

Marian University does offer the NSG 501 biostatistics/epidemiology online course during the fall and spring semesters. To register for this course you must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the graduate admissions application portal.

  • Click on the yellow link that reads "Start Your Graduate Application" and select "Traditional Non-Degree Seeking" as your program of interest.
  • Once you are accepted, you will receive an email that explains the enrollment process. If you have questions about applying, please contact Graduate Admissions at GRadmissions@marian.edu

Admission requirements

  • A BSN from an NSNAC or CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00/4.00
  • Current, valid RN license
  • Current resume or CV
  • A 500 word essay addressing your career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation including the Clinical Observation Form
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee
  • One year of critical care experience (Nurse Anesthesia only)

Steps towards applying (CRNA)

  1. Starting an application: Applicants must create an account through the Graduate Admissions Application portal, select the program of interest, complete and submit the Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. Sending supporting documents: Go to the instructions tab located in the admissions portal. 
    • Letters of recommendation and clinical observation forms must be submitted by the recommenders to gradmissions@marian.edu.
    • Official transcripts:
      • Electronic (preferred) sent to gradmissions@marian.edu
      • Mailed:
        Marian University
        Graduate Admissions
        3200 Cold Spring Rd
        Indianapolis, IN 46222
  3. A completed application, supporting documents, background check and drug screen, must be received by the graduate admissions office by October 30, 2017.  Applications will be reviewed for interview consideration.
  4. Final decisions will be sent by the second week of December, 2017.

Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and have been the main providers to front line U.S. military personnel since World War I.

Nurse Anesthesia track

The Nurse Anesthesia curriculum totals 85 credit hours and provides RNs with critical care experience to administer anesthesia in all anesthetic settings to individuals of diverse populations across the lifespan.

  • Didactic and clinical experiences will be supplemented by education and training in our high-fidelity anesthesia simulation lab.
  • Expert certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiologists provide clinical education in all forms of anesthesia care throughout the lifespan.
  • This is a full-time, 36-month program with one cohort admitted yearly.
  • The nurse anesthesia track will be accepting 20 students in the 2018 cohort.
  • The Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program has been granted initial accreditation approval by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Accreditation Programs (COA) pending final accreditation approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


Initial anesthesia accreditation has been granted by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational programs (COA) (http://home.coa.us.com) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals.

Why should I choose Marian University?

  • Attend the "Best Regional University" in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of the top American colleges and one of Indiana's top ten private colleges in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Prepare to be a Nurse Anesthetist or Family Nurse Practitioner at the highest level of nursing education.
  • Practice in the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Simulation Center.
  • Develop your nursing practice under the guidance of expert faculty practitioners.
  • Learn in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Program at a Glance

  • Credits

    85 credits
  • Year 1
    • Didactic
    • Simulation
  • Year 2
    • Didactic
    • Simulation
    • Part-time clinical
    • Scholarly project
  • Year 3
    • Clinical immersion
    • Anesthesia seminars
    • Scholarly project
    • Board review
  • Standard Completion Time

    36 months
  • The Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Accreditation Programs (COA) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

For more information

Linda Overholt
College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6297


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