Integrated nurse anesthesia programs arrange their curricula so that students participate in didactic and clinical education simultaneously. In front loaded program students complete all didactic courses before beginning their clinical experience. CAMC DNAP students begin clinical education in the simulation lab their second semester and progress to the operating room in the third semester. 

All applicants must submit application materials to both the CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia and Marshall University. 

Instructions and application materials for CAMC can be found here

Application for Marshall University can be found here.

Critical care experience is required in order for the applicant to have developed as an independent decision-maker, capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the applicant’s work history in order to make a determination if the previous work environments meet these criteria. The applicant is encouraged to provide a detailed resume in order to facilitate the most appropriate evaluation of the work history. 

The glossary definition of Critical Care Experience from the COA- Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

No. You can apply if you will have a full year (two years preferred) of experience before classes start. 

The DNAP is a practice doctorate and requires the completion of a scholarly project. A scholarly project is not a PhD dissertation.  

The culminating requirement for the DNAP degree is a scholarly project that allows the student an opportunity to develop and demonstrate a synthesis of graduate knowledge and skills within the context of improving health care. Every project will include the synthesis of strategic, creative thinking, decision making, planning, project management, and communication skills that are hallmarks of a DNAP graduate. The DNAP program at Marshall University follows a practitioner-scholar model. The emphasis is on understanding the field of nurse anesthesia as an empirically-informed discipline. A DNAP student must develop his or her proposal in consultation with his/her research project committee chair, and the final project report must both be approved by the entire research project committee and be successfully defended during an oral presentation. 

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Masters program. 

Applicant numbers are very difficult to determine. The variation in applicant numbers nationally fluctuates with the employment market. In recent years the numbers have been well over 100. Early application is highly recommended. Preference will be given to applications received before October 1 for classes beginning the following May. 

Each class’s appropriate size is determined individually, but in general has been 25-26 students yearly. 

Classes begin in May of every year.

Applications are accepted year round. The Admissions Committee begins its evaluations in November of the year prior to enrollment. Applicants who complete their packet early help facilitate the admission process. Preference will be given to applications received before October 1 for classes beginning the following May. The final application deadline is February 1.

Your application will be considered at the next Admissions Committee meeting, following full completion of your application packet. A completed application packet consists of: 

Completed application forms to CAMC and Marshall University 

  • Three references from persons in the health profession who are familiar with the applicant's qualifications. One of which should be the immediate supervisor 
  • Proof of licensure as a registered nurse 
  • A resume detailing education and work experience 
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended received by CAMC 
  • Official baccalaureate transcript received by Marshall University 

Your application packet is not complete until we have all three references returned. When you give us three names, we send out a request for a reference. Your application is not complete until each of those references is returned to us. If your reference person does not answer the request in a timely fashion, this can delay the completion of your application packet. 

Another possible reason for an incomplete application packet is a missing transcript. Please remember we must have a transcript for each academic institution you attended. Even if credits were transferred to another institution, we must have a transcript from the institution where the courses were originally taken. 

Anesthesia school is a major commitment, in both time and money. Applicants should make their plans well ahead of time. School is a full time commitment, and leaves absolutely no time for employment. Anesthesia students depend on their families, and savings for support. This can be supplemented by student loans. Some students receive financial sponsorship while in school. In return, the student commits to a contractual agreement to work for the sponsor after successful graduation and certification. 

Accepted applicants will receive detailed information about the financial aid application process for student loans. CAMC/Marshall DNAP students have different tuition requirements than other Marshall University students. Consequently, DNAP students' financial aid process differs from that of the usual Marshall student. In order to get the most accurate information, applicants interested in our program must speak to Marshall financial aid officers that work specifically with our program. 

Please direct questions regarding financial aid to Ms. Missy White, Financial Aid Counselor, Sr., of Marshall University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance. 

Missy White 
Financial Aid Counselor Senior 

Yes. In order to obtain certification a student must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). CAMC School of Nurse Anesthesia has COA accreditation. 

COA accreditation standards require programs to grant a graduate degree. COA does NOT require that the degree be in nursing. While many accredited nurse anesthesia programs grant a graduate degree in nursing, there are many who grant degrees in non-nursing disciplines. CAMC is one of those non-nursing programs. 

All 50 of the United States recognize nurse anesthesia graduates of any COA accredited program, whether their degree is in nursing, or another discipline. 

Most states issue specific APRN licenses to CRNAs and other advanced practice nurses. Each state regulates their specific rules for licensure. Many states require a graduate degree (masters or higher) to obtain this licensure. CAMC graduates are practicing in every one of the United States and have been able to obtain an APRN license in those states which require it. At CAMC, we are not aware of ANY state that has refused one of our graduates the licensure required to practice nurse anesthesia in that state. 

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Nurses instituted an APRN license affective in 2013, which will be required to practice nurse anesthesia. CRNAs who have graduated from accredited programs and have maintained certification or recertification will be eligible for this license. See the WV Board of Examiners website for more details. 

Typical nurse anesthesia practice does not require prescriptive authority. Prescriptions are written for third parties to dispense medication. Since nurse anesthetists obtain their own medications and administer them directly without the involvement of a third party, there is no "prescription.” 

Prescriptive authority is a licensure issue, so each state regulates this. Some states have decided to require nurse anesthetists to obtain prescriptive authority. In those states, nurse anesthesia graduates of non-nursing programs (like CAMC's) have qualified to obtain prescriptive authority. At CAMC, we are not aware of ANY state that has refused one of our graduates prescriptive authority, if it is required to practice nurse anesthesia in that state. 

WV state law requirements for prescriptive authority include the nurse to hold an APRN license, among other criteria. Interested CRNAs should visit the Board of Examiners website for more details about these criteria. However, prescriptive authority is not required to practice as a CRNA in WV.

This is not at all unusual. Nurse anesthesia has a history of recognizing a diversity of degrees. The standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) do not require that programs grant nursing degrees. 

Many practicing CRNAs around the country have degrees in fields other than nursing. If any state chose to not recognize these non-nursing degrees, a large number of CRNAs would not be eligible to practice in that state. While any state regulating agency has the power to make such a limitation, the implications for delivery of anesthesia care during times of provider shortage would be a significant issue.