Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP)




Application Cycle for Class of 2017 will begin

January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017






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 practice, scholarship and research.








Our mission is to educate future certified registered nurse anesthetists to 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.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the BSN-DNP program in nurse anesthesia must meet the admissions criteria of the USM Graduate School in addition to the criteria set by the USM Nurse Anesthesia Program. Follow link below to access the Graduate School Bulletin.


To be considered for admission into the BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program the applicant must fulfill the following requirements:


  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Nursing from a fully accredited, National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, college or university in the United States. BSN must have been completed at the time of application.
  • 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. An analytical score of at least 3.0 on the GRE is required.
  • Must be currently working full time, as a licensed RN, in an area of intensive care nursing for at least one year (preferably 2 years) at time of application.
  • Completion of an approved graduate statistics course achieving a grade of B or better, unless applicant already holds an MSN. (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), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), basic life support (BLS), and critical care nurses certification (CCRN).
  • Completion of the official application materials and payment of application fees by the stated deadline.
  • Personal interview with Admissions Committee (if invited).
  • Proof of immunization against hepatitis B and MMR, recent health examination,
    and TB skin test yearly.
  • Criminal background check and drug screening upon matriculation into

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Cost to attend the program


Graduation Information 

Graduation YearCohort Attrition Rate 

Employment Rate

(First 6 Months After Graduation)

 NCE Pass Rate for First-Time TakersOverall NCE Pass Rate for Graduation Year 
 2015 10% 94% 50% 94%
2016 5%94.7%63%94.7%



  • Interim Program Director, Marjorie Geisz-Everson, CRNA, PhD
  • Assistant Program Director, Nina Mclain, CRNA, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Michong Rayborn, CRNA, DNP
  • Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Affiliates


Employment Opportunities

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  • Administrative Assistant/Academic Coordinator, Nicole Magee


Contact Information

  • Hattiesburg Campus: Asbury Hall - 218C
  • Telephone: 601.266.5500
  • Email:
  • 118 College Dr. #5095 Hattiesburg, MS 39406