(BSN-DNP) Nurse Anesthesia Program

Application Cycle for Class of 2014 will begin
January 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013

Accreditation Information

Revised October 17, 2012

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program's next accreditation review by the COA will be 2017.

COA Address: 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Phone (847) 655-1160
Email accreditation@coa.us.com


The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest professional level of nursing practice and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care to diverse populations. This is a practice doctorate with a focus on the translation of research as opposed to the generation of new research knowledge as is characteristic of the PhD. Graduates of the program will be prepared to meet state, regional, and national needs for doctoral prepared advanced practice nurses in leadership positions in health related organizations. The purpose of the nurse anesthesia program is to prepare doctoral prepared graduates with the advanced knowledge in the area of clinical specialization of nurse anesthesia. The DNP prepares the CRNA to assume leadership positions in education, management, and patient care by offering a curriculum concentrating on quality assessment and improvement, health care systems, and organizations, leadership, best evidence for practice, health policy and health care economics.


The USM Nurse Anesthesia Program will emerge as a premier practice-oriented doctoral nurse anesthesia program that excels in scholarship, practice, and research.


Our mission is to educate nurse anesthetists at the doctoral level who are prepared as experts in clinical practice and as leaders in scholarship, research and health systems for the promotion of healthcare improvement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Nurse Anesthesia Program Information Session

  1. June 5, 2012
  2. September 4, 2012
  3. October 2, 2012
  4. November 6, 2012
  5. February 5, 2013
  6. March 5, 2013
  7. April 2, 2013

Cost to attend the program

  • In-state = $21,000 per year ($7,000/semester for tuition)
  • Out-of-state = $27,000 per year ($7,000/semester for tuition and $2,000/semester for out-of-state fees)


  • Program Director, Vickie L. Stuart, CRNA, DNP
  • Assistant Director, Marjorie G. Everson, CRNA, PhD


Administrative Assistant/Academic Coordinator, Terry M. Whittington, MA

Contact Information

  • Hattiesburg Campus: Elizabeth Harkins Hall - Suite 116A
  • Tellephone: 601.266.5500
  • Email: Terry.M.Whittington@usm.edu
  • 118 College Dr. #5095 Hattiesburg, MS 39406