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Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) - Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg Options

Is Nurse Anesthesia the right career for you?

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are educated to practice autonomously and provide anesthesia in every practice setting. As sole anesthesia providers in most rural areas, CRNAs meet the population's needs, providing safe, competent, quality care to those we serve. At Southern Miss, you will be educated and prepared to take on a role beyond the operating room. Anesthesia and the education is fast paced, intense, and requires a high level of critical thinking.

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4Full-Time Faculty
20Students Per Cohort


Evidence-based practice is the foundation for our nurse anesthesia program. Graduated student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) are adept at synthesizing knowledge, critical thinking, and have demonstrated competency in their clinical skills and all aspects of anesthesia care. Prepared to practice in a the professional role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), patient safety is the foremost concern. Our DNP program prepares the SRNA for professional service, advocacy, and leadership roles. Additionally, interpersonal communication skills are developed and honed during the program of study.

Our DNP program is designed so that the student registered nurse anesthetist (SRNA) chooses a topic of interest to study for their final project. Project types vary widely. A few examples include: case studies or review articles written for journals, quality improvement projects, policy review and/or development for institutions, best practice guidelines, and clinical comparison research. With approval, the student may develop a unique project or join a faculty member in research.


1- Graduate Application for College of Nursing - upload to your application

2- Clinical Competency Checklist - upload to your application

3- Shadowing Log - upload to your application

4- Nurse Anesthesia Applicant Information Sheet - upload to your application

Faculty/Student Engagement

Student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) benefit from a low student to faculty ratio at Southern Miss. DNP project mentoring, active learning, simulation experiences, and one-on-one faculty mentoring are a few of the benefits at Southern Miss. We also utilize peer-mentoring for simulation, skill development, and social introduction. We plan to incorporate tutoring in 2019.


Degree Plan Availability
Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) DNPHattiesburg


Nurse Anesthesia Program Graduation Information

Graduate Year Cohort Attrition Rate Employment Rate NCE First-time Taker Pass Rate Overall NCE Pass Rate for Graduation Year
2018 0% 95% 80% 95%
2019 0% 100% 80% 100%


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 2019.

COA Address:
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Phone (847) 655-1160
COA Website


Professional Licensure Disclosure

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Professional Nursing Practice has determined that completion of the Doctorate In Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia) prepares a student to take apply for certification as a Board Certified Nurse Anesthetists through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and then subsequently apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in any of the 50 states and in any U.S. protectorate.

For a list of the national licensing boards, see the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s AANP Student Resources page.  For a list of the state professional licensing boards for nursing, see the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) member contact page.

It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely.   For questions regarding licensure, please contact Dr. Lachel Story, Ph.D., R.N., by e-mailing lachel.storyFREEMississippi%20

Special Announcement:


The application deadline will still be June 1st, however, if you have been unable to take the CCRN and GRE exam, you will need to email mary.j.collinsFREEMississippi and let us know this information. Your application will still be considered and you will be required to take the exams when the testing centers reopen. Please upload ALL other documentation for a complete file. Incomplete files will not be considered (except for CCRN) and shadow log. The GRE is now available to take online.



The application deadline will still be June 1st, however, if you have been unable to complete ACLS/PALS/BLS, you will need to email mary.j.collinsFREEMississippi and let us know this information. As soon as restrictions are lifted, you will be required to pursue the certifications.

Please upload ALL other documentation for a complete file. Incomplete files will not be considered.


Shadowing experiences should've been completed early in the application process to help you determine if this career is right for you. However, if you have not completed the 16 hours (required) or 24 hours (preferred), you may email mary.j.collinsFREEMississippi   with your current shadow log if you have less than 16 and we will make a note. You will be required to complete these hours when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, even if it is after the interview cycle. Shadow Log 

Important Dates

June 1, 2020- Application deadline

July 1-14, 2020- Anticipated dates of personal interviews with invited applicants

July 31, 2020- CCRN, GRE,  and Shadow log supporting documentation due

October 1, 2020- ACLS, PALS, and BLS supporting documentation due

January 2021- NAP orientation, Classes begin 

Program Presentation

Qualities Valued for Admission and Application Procedure.


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School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Asbury Hall, 317 3125 Montague Blvd Hattiesburg, MS

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  • Aaron Flemister, 2015, 
    CRNA, Ashley Co Medical Center. “Aaron is a wonderful SRNA preceptor and teacher! Students love him!
  • Claudine Boos, 2015,
    CRNA, Forrest General Hospital System. “Claudine is dependable, compassionate, and truly enjoys her profession!”
  • Ben Riebesel, 2016,
    CRNA. Midwest Anesthesia Associates. “Ben is great! He is a hard worker and recruits for USM!”
  • Brandi Carmichael, 2017, 
    CRNA. Anderson Regional Medical Center. “Brandi is excellent, she can do any case, anywhere!”