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Admissions Requirements

The following items are required when applying to the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration:

  1. Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  4. Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course
  5. Two letters of reference from individuals who can address the applicant’s academic and clinical potential.
  6. Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  7. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in good standing.
  8. Prerequisites (undergraduate or graduate, 3 credit hours each and satisfactory grade):
    1. Physics (algebra-based)
    2. Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
    3. Anatomy
    4. Physiology
    5. Undergraduate or Graduate Statistics
  9. A personal statement addressing why you want to become a CRNA.
  10. A minimum of one year of recent nursing experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting.  Highest priority is given to those who have the most recent work history in high acuity ICU setting where the applicant is likely to have a broad base of invasive hemodynamic monitoring experience, vasoactive drug administration, and experience monitoring patients on ventilators and adjusting settings.  Applicants who work in post-anesthesia care units or emergency rooms will be considered only if the candidate can demonstrate that he/she routinely cares for patients with ventilators, invasive monitors and vasoactive infusions.
  11. Current ACLS and BLS certification throughout enrollment; PALS by summer #2 and before OB and pediatric rotation.
  12. If selected, an on-site interview by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee
  13. If an applicant has previously been enrolled in a nurse anesthesia program, he/she can apply; however, no anesthesia-specific courses will be transferrable. 
  14. Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit: Doctoral level courses may be accepted for transfer only if approved by the Program Director. Those that may be transferrable include: Biostatistics for Advanced Practice, Leadership in Transforming Health Systems, Epidemiology, Healthcare Informatics and Economics, Promoting Health Equities and Population Health in Advanced Practice, Nursing Influence in Shaping Health Policy, Advanced Pharmacology, Physiology and Pathophysiology. A maximum of 9 credits may be accepted for transfer.
  15. International applicants should check with the Admissions Department for further instructions on admission requirements.


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