USF First Doctoral Program Receives Full Accreditation

July 6, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis received confirmation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) that the proposed Nurse Anesthesia program has received initial accreditation for the maximum allowable period of five years. The first cohort of 14 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students starting this August is a diverse group of stellar critical care nurses from across the United States.

“Starting the first Nurse Anesthesia Program in Northeast Indiana is a great example of how faculty at USF are leading healthcare education in our region,” said Dr. Mindy Yoder, dean of the USF School of Health Sciences.

Applications for the second student cohort, which begins in August 2018, are now being accepted. For more information, contact program director Dr. Marquessa Fisher at

Applications are also currently being accepted for a second DNP track option for MSN-prepared nurses who want to pursue a DNP degree. The first cohort will begin in August 2018. For more information about this program, contact program director Dr. Wendy Clark at

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.