Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) College of Health Professions

Known across the country for its success, Rosalind Franklin University offers the Doctoral-level nurse anesthesia program that provides graduates with the skills to stay at the forefront of the nurse-anesthesia profession. Students Schools Scholarships

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Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) was established in 1912 as the Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine. Dr. Rosalind Franklin, who in 1952 captured the photograph revealing the structure of DNA, provides the model of research, innovation and dedication that is still utilized at the university today.

At Rosalind Franklin University, the students are offered a variety of clinical opportunities, as well as skills labs and simulation labs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Entry DNP

This program is for Registered Nurses who want to continue their education and become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) as well as earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The program curriculum is mostly in the classroom on campus with some upper-level doctoral content presented online.

"What is a CRNA?"

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a graduate-level advanced practice nurse who manages patient anesthesia care in every type of clinical setting.

Upon graduation from RFU, students will be awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and will be recommended to take the National Certification Exam for Nurse Anesthetists, a requirement for entry to practice as a CRNA.

"Why do I have to get a Doctoral degree?"

Doctoral education for entry to nurse anesthesia practice will be required for all nurse anesthetists by 2025; all accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the U.S. will transition to doctoral level education.

Requirements for Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission consideration
  • No minimum GRE score requirement; successful candidates typically rank above the 50th percentile in all three areas
  • Required minimum 1-yr experience as an RN in a critical care environment
  • Two or more years of work experience as an RN in a critical care environment strongly recommended

"Are there any prerequisite courses for admission?"

No other prerequisites are required other than a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and at least one year of RN critical care experience (intensive care unit, mobile intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit, coronary care unit, cardio-thoracic intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit).

"How long is the program?"

The Entry Level Program is 36 months in length.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Completion for the CRNA

This program was created for current Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) desiring the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The program builds on the competencies and achievements of the MSN degree education as a CRNA.

Requirements for Entry (not all inclusive)

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited institution
  • Current certification as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Standardized tests not required
  • Official transcripts from the college or university that awarded the master's degree

Matriculation Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Pass a background check
  • Meet the program's Technical Standards for Admissions (basic computer skills are a must)

"Are there any prerequisite courses for admission?"

We require all students to possess a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and current certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), but no other prerequisite courses are required.

"What is the program start date?"

The 24-month program (part-time) of study begins each quarter of each year, enrolling 25 students at a time.

Approval and Accreditation

All degree and certificate programs at Rosalind Franklin University are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Rosalind Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia program at Rosalind Franklin University is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).


US News & World Report ranked Rosalind Franklin University #65 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia (2019).

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