This program is approved and accredited by the COA
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs: 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018- 5603; 847.655.1160
Advanced Standing Policy
La Roche University offers advanced
standing in the DNAP completion program for appropriate Master’s prepared
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) that graduated from a Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (COA) who wish to pursue
a doctoral degree. All submitted applications will be reviewed by the
anesthesia Program Director, Assistant Director, and graduate admission
counselor to determine if advanced standing will be granted. Advanced standing
will be granted upon admission. Competencies of the CRNA applicant will be
assessed in three areas: clinical experience, letters of recommendation, and
submitted essay of professional goals and research area of interest.
CRNA’s with advanced standing complete the
required coursework in 24 months. The schedule of classes is designed to
accommodate working professionals. Most courses are offered in an online format
and students will only need to come to campus for residency three times. Upon
completion of the program, CRNA’s will receive a DNAP degree. All applicants
will meet the same criteria as the entry-level DNAP.
Application timeline for both DNAP Completion and Entry Level programs:
- Seats are limited. Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 1. To receive an early decision on acceptance, please submit your application by March 3.
- Applications received after March 3 will only be considered if seats remain..
- The interview process will take place beginning in Mid-March and conclude in Mid-April.
- Students will be notified of acceptance in May.
- Completed and signed
- Official transcripts
- Evidence of
graduation from a Council on Accreditation (COA)-accredited nurse anesthesia
educational program with a Master’s degree
- Certification as a
- Current, valid RN
- A minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.2
certifications in BLS, ACLS, and PALS
- A minimum of one
undergraduate course (3 credits) of Basic Statistics with a final grade of “B” or higher
- A minimum of one
undergraduate course (3 credits) of Research course with a final grade of “B” or higher
- Transfer credits
will not be accepted
- Submission of a
curriculum vitae and three professional references
- Interview with
- Submission of
- One essay will focus
on the applicant’s professional goals
- The second essay
should discuss the applicant’s research area of interest and proposed doctoral
In your essay please
Your area of interest (advanced clinical practice,
administration, education) for a scholarly project
Why you are interested in this clinical are
Why it is relevant for current society
Why it potentially warrants evidence-based practice
How it is relevant to the
role of the DNAP-prepared nurse and the implementation of evidence-based
addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you
are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English
proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated
below and meet the university minimum score requirement.
- A minimum
TOEFL IBT of 79
- A minimum
IELTS overall band score of 6.5
- A minimum
Duolingo English test score of 105
you do not provide proof of English language proficiency through the above
documentation, you will be tested upon arrival, and your first semester at La Roche University will be only ESL coursework.
You cannot be waived from the ESL requirement.
Applicants must present evidence of a research thesis or evidence-based research to be considered for admission to the DNAP program.
The DNAP Completion Program requires three immersion sessions spread throughout the curriculum. Dates to be determined.
The first-week residency is an intensive week in which students are required to attend classes and seminars on the La Roche University campus.
This intensive week is usually the week before classes begin in the fall, which is usually in August. There are two additional residency sessions which are 2-3 days in length.
The spring semester begins in January and summer semester begins in May.
All residencies are mandatory.
For International Students
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must:
- Complete the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) process to evaluate the international license to practice nursing and any educational program transcripts
- Provide a copy of U.S. Nursing License
- In addition to meeting the standard
academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international
applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international
students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university
minimum score requirement.
- A minimum TOEFL iBT of
- A minimum IELTS overall
band score of 6.5
- A minimum Duolingo
English test score of 105
- If you do not provide
proof of English language proficiency through the above documentation, you will
be tested upon arrival, and your first
semester at La Roche University will be only ESL coursework. You cannot be
waived from the ESL requirement.
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