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Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

Mission Statement

The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing's mission is to produce leaders in medicine who are grounded in evidence based practice, competence, professionalism, communication, lifelong learning, and the social context of medicine. Our graduates are independent leaders in anesthesia nursing prepared at the doctoral level, whose focus is to improve and sustain the highest standards of practice and foster a healthcare environment that improves the lives of all entrusted to their care.

Program Description

The US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing is a 36-month, two-phase course of study leading to a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Baylor University.  Phase I is an intense didactic program over 12 months, presented at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  Tripler is one of 9 Phase 2 sites at which anesthesia nursing students receive their primary clinical training.  Students spend 24 months preparing, administering and evaluating anesthesia practice and completing a major scholarly project. Tripler’s current clinical sites include Tripler Army Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and the University of California-Davis Medical Center.


The U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The Louise Herrington School of Nursing is accredited by the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Location to Program

10th Floor C Wing

Application and Admission Requirements

  1. BSN or MSN from an NLN CNEA, CCNE, or ACEN accredited program and a current RN license.
  2. Two years "time on station" by required PCS date (Active Duty).
  3. Overall BSN GPA of 3.0 and science GPA of 3.0.
  4. Undergraduate or graduate statistics course.
  5. Undergraduate or graduate course in Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry within 5 years.
  6. At least one year of Critical Care Nursing experience as defined by the Council on Accreditation (COA). CCRN/CEN preferred.
  7. Competitive GRE scores (3.5 writing required)
  8. Letters of recommendation from Army CRNA Phase 2 Program Director (all applicants) and Chief Nursing Officer (active duty); completed prior to packet deadline.
  9. Department of Veteran’s Affairs applicants should consult their service for their service specific requirements (Application process includes additional VA selection board).

Faculty Directory

LTC Denise Cooper DNAP, CRNA
Clinical Site Director Phase 2, USAGPAN
Dr. Elizabeth Kelly DNP, CRNA
Assistant Program Director Phase 2, USAGPAN
MAJ Kyle Stevens DNP, CRNA
Deputy Clinical Director Phase 2, USAGPAN

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Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

Phone Number: (808) 433-2132
Fax Number: (808) 433-2069
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