Nurse Anesthesia (BSN-DNP)

Dr. Lisa Osborne watching to surgical technology students practice

We Are Leading Care

Join the next generation of nurse anesthetists with this practice-oriented doctoral degree — and help fill a critical need in the healthcare delivery system! Our BSN-DNP program will prepare you become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), giving you the means to deliver compassionate care in a variety of settings.

The three-year, full-time curriculum blends traditional on-campus coursework (year one) with clinical rotations and hybrid courses (years two & three). It adheres to the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and will prepare you for the National Certification Examination (NCE).

Employers’ Perspective

This program, though new, is built on the University’s strong reputation for excellence in nursing education. I eagerly await the time when the first cohort of students graduate and I can hire USF-educated nurse anesthetists.

Rob Colcord
Great Lakes Anesthesia

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Career Outlook & Success


Median pay (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Expected need growth nationally for CRNAs by 2026


Expected need growth for CRNAs in Indiana

Close up of students practicing CRNA.

Extensive Clinical Experience

You will build experience in all three anesthesia delivery models: independent practice, supervision, and medical direction. Our clinical affiliates include:

  • Adams Memorial Hospital
  • Bluffton Regional Medical Center
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Elkhart General Hospital
  • Franciscan Health Crown Point
  • Franciscan Health Michigan City
  • Franciscan Health Munster
  • Kosciusko Community Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
  • Marion General Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital-Fairfield
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital
  • Parkview Noble Hospital
  • Parkview Orthopedic Hospital
  • Parkview Surgery ONE
  • Parkview Whitley Hospital
  • Paulding County Hospital
  • Plymouth Medical Center
  • St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
  • St. Rita’s Medical Center
  • Terre Haute Regional Hospital
  • The Orthopedic Hospital
  • VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, Fort Wayne campus
  • Van Wert County Hospital
Professor Lisa Osborne helping a student

Student-Centered, Service-Oriented Faculty

USF faculty are clinical practitioners as well as educators, giving students the benefit of up-to- date professional experience and connections. Their focus: your success.


USF’s BSN-DNP program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160

What stands out most for me is the attention the professors pay to individual students. In other nursing programs, you see an expectation of attrition and the faculty don’t know you well. It’s different at USF: the professors are totally invested in our success.

David Wright
RN, 1LT U.S. Army Reserves
BSN-DNP student

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Program Director

Lisa Osborne, DNP, CRNA
260-399-7700 ext. 8559