Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP)




Application Cycle for Class of 2016 will begin

January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016



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
COA Website 



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.

Click the picture above to see our mission in action.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (where A = 4.0).
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) within the past five years.
  • Minimum of one year of experience (at the time of application) in an area of intensive care nursing after successful completion of National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. ICU is preferred.
  • Completion of an approved graduate statistics course achieving a grade of B or better.  (The course must have been completed within the past 5 years.)
  • A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in any state with eligibility for licensure in Mississippi.
  • Proof of current certification of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). 
  • Completion of the official application materials and payment of application fees by the stated deadline.
  • Personal interview with Admissions Committee (if invited).


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Financial Assistance


Nurse Anesthesia Program Information Session


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 Geisz-Everson, CRNA, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Michong Rayborn, CRNA, DNP



  • Administrative Assistant/Academic Coordinator, Vacant


Contact Information

  • Hattiesburg Campus: Elizabeth Harkins Hall - 253
  • Telephone: 601.266.5500
  • Email:
  • 118 College Dr. #5095 Hattiesburg, MS 39406