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Nurse Anesthesia Practice

The DNAP prepares professional RNs for nurse anesthesia practice by providing the academic education, specialized knowledge and skill building experiences needed to meet the health needs of different populations. 

Be a Health Care Leader

Nurse anesthetists work in a variety of settings where they administer anesthesia and provide care before, during and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic and obstetrical procedures. They also provide pain management and some emergency services. 

USD's nurse anesthesia practice program is designed for registered nurses who are ready to advance their career and become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). You'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities and gain invaluable practice using advanced technologies to improve patient outcomes. A unique part of your education is the collaborative learning you will experience; as a student in the USD School of Health Sciences, you'll study and practice alongside students from a variety of disciplines preparing you to be an effective and collaborative member of your future patients' care teams. Paired with our program's emphasis on compassion and humanity, you'll graduate prepared to be an expert, thoughtful leader in the health care setting.

Gain the educational background and skills you need to provide anesthesia care in innovative, evidence-based practice through the DNAP program at USD.

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP) at the University of South Dakota is pursuing initial accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160, URL (http://COACRNA.org). The DNAP program is undertaking capability review and is planning for an accreditation decision in October 2022. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. “Students cannot matriculate or be enrolled in the program until initial accreditation is granted.”

On August 11,2021, the South Dakota Board of Nursing approved the University of South Dakota request for prerequisite status of the program. The program is currently under review for interim status.

Degrees & Offerings

Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

  Sioux Falls

The nurse anesthesia practice program develops registered nurses into Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who can work in a variety of settings to administer anesthesia, provide pain management services and offer support in emergency settings. This program is offered in South Dakota's leading city for health care.

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Graduate Admissions

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This graduate program utilizes a specialized CAS online application to complete the admissions process. To learn more about this program's unique application process, requirements and program deadlines, visit Specialty Graduate Program Applications.

Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.


Admission Resources

Detailed admission requirements are found in Nursing Department section of the current graduate catalog.

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With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
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The academic opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Visit our department webpage for more information about the experiences and resources you can look forward to at USD.


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Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, supporting the state's health care workforce and patient outcomes through quality education.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Nursing. Our faculty are committed professionals, experts in their field, and contribute to research and scholarship in health promotion, disease prevention, and  chronic disease management. USD faculty are committed to producing life long learners, and develops exceptional health practitioners, leaders, and scholars who improve and advocate for the well-being of all people. We focus on person-centered care, with caring, compassion and respect as the foundation to nursing care.
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Anne Pithan

Chair, Nursing
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Dean Cassella

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Christine Doty

Senior Secretary
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Kelli Ebbesen

Faculty Advisor
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Lisa Feller

Assoc Prof/Dir Regulatory Aff
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Danielle Fleming

Clinical Lab Specialist
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Katie Fransen

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Helene Hegge MSN,RN

Site Director
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Kelsey Heinert

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Valarie Hower

Management Analyst
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Amy Hunsley

Sioux Falls Site Director
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Natalie Ihnen

Clinical Experience Director
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Tamara Keefner

Assistant Professor
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Pam Kendall

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Anne Kleinhesselink

Associate Chair/Assist Prof
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Sabina Kupershmidt

Assistant Professor
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Regan Luken

Student Services Director
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Beth Melstad

Student Services Specialist
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Anneka Mikel

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Jeannie Rossow

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Michele Seaton-Bertsch

Asst Advisor/Recruiter
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Barbara Stolle MS, RN CNE, CHSE

SIM Oversight/Instructor
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Chris Tesch

BSN/RN-BSN Clinical Faculty
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Lorie Truhe

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Laboratory Storekeeper
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Rapid City Site Director
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Senior Secretary
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Assistant Professor
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Learn in Sioux Falls

The DNAP program is conveniently located in Sioux Falls, giving registered nurses the opportunity to continue living and working in the state's leading city for health care. 

This location also offers unique benefits for your education.

The USD School of Health Sciences has strong partnerships with leaders in South Dakota's health care industry, including the state's largest hospitals in Sioux Falls. Our connections are your opportunities.

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Become the Leader Your Patients Need

Patients have needs that extend beyond a single area of expertise, they should have an expert care team that works together to help them live healthy, fulfilling lives.

At USD, we prepare you not only to thrive in your career path, but also to collaborate effectively with health care professionals from a variety of fields. Our learning environment mirrors the health care industry–bringing you and your peers together to learn, study and practice as coordinated teams. 

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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