Nurse Anesthesia Program

Memorial partnered with Millikin University in the summer of 2010 to launch The Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) coursework at Memorial and the Millikin University School of Nursing prepares qualified, experienced Registered Nurses in the Advanced Practice Nursing specialty of nurse anesthesia.

  • The Nurse Anesthesia Program is an 88-credit, 36-month full-time course of study culminating in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
  • BSN- DNP curriculum is front loaded, providing doctoral-level nursing courses in the first 18 months of study, followed by anesthesia-specific courses and clinical rotations in the last 18 months of the program.
  • Registered Nurse Anesthesia Interns (RNAIs) enjoy a learning environment enhanced by:
    • A state-of-the-art simulation center
    • A “home base” with program directors and faculty
    • Clinical sites free of Anesthesiology residents
    • Small to medium cohort sizes (14-16 students)
    • Clinical experience hours that exceed national standards
  • Strong emphasis on performance learning opportunities - advanced knowledge and technical skills required for unrestricted nurse anesthesia practice.
  • Graduates are prepared to be proficient in providing safe perianesthetic care and anesthetic management that utilizes their knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills to fulfill their professional role as CRNAs.

Important Dates

  • Application Open Date August 12
  • Application Deadline January 15
  • Program Start Mid-January

For the last graduating class of 2022:

  • Employment rate at 6 months: 100%
  • First time National Certification Examination pass rate: 100%
  • Total Anesthesia Hours: 1,795
  • Total Anesthesia Cases: 943
  • Total Clinical Hours: 3069
  • Attrition rate: 0%


Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906,
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603


Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs link to Accredited Programs: List of Accredited Programs – Council on Accreditation (

Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program received a 10 accreditation on the last survey in 2016. The next accreditation survey is scheduled for 2026.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Resources

Program Highlights

Application Instructions


For more information about the program, call 217-876-2578.