Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA): Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When is your deadline for applications? Can I be interviewed if I still need to take a class?

Interviews for the class enrolling in September are held in January of the same calendar year. The deadline for applications, transcripts, and recommendations to be considered for September enrollment is Oct. 31 of the previous calendar year. This means the the online application must be completed, and supporting materials must be postmarked, before November 1. 

NOTE: The Program welcomes applications or inquiries twelve months a year.

Applicants must meet all requirements on or before the Oct 31 deadline. This includes completion of all prequisite coursework, and completion of your BSN or other Bachelor's degree. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, not all who meet minimum requirements may be interviewed. 

What types of critical care experience are accepted? Which are preferred?

The requirement for critical care is that you have experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care area, with emphasis placed on invasive hemodynamic monitoring, ventilatory care and pharmacologic management. The preferred areas (with the greatest preference first) are:

  1. SICU (Surgical Intensive Care). This includes specialty area SICUs such as Neurosurgical, Trauma, etc.
  2. MICU (Medical Intensive Care)
  3. CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care)
  4. PICU/NICU (Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care)
  5. Applicants have also been accepted whose experience is primarily in the Emergency Room, provided they can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

I've only been in the ICU three months, am I eligible for an interview?

The minimum requirement is that you have a least one year of critical care experience prior to starting the program (i.e. enrolling and starting classes in September). If you will have completed a year prior to the start date you may be eligible for a personal interview. Applicants who have completed a year (or more) in ICU prior to the admissions deadline have the best chance for an interview (all other things being equal).

Which bachelor's degrees do you accept besides a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

The BSN, or a bachelor's degree in a natural science is accepted. Examples are Chemistry, Biology, Physics.

How recent do my undergraduate science courses have to be?

We look at grades in Chemistry, Organic chemistry (or Biochemistry), and Anatomy and Physiology. You must have one course in each area, taken in the last ten years, with a 3.0 (B) or better. If you have less than a 3.0 in these courses you may repeat your sciences to achieve a better grade. We understand that many times undergraduate grades do not necessarily reflect current ability and maturity.

What is the minimum score required for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

We do not have a minimum score on GRE. We do not require applicants to take the GRE examination.

Are there any prerequisite courses that I must take prior to admission?

There are no prerequisite graduate courses. The only prerequisite courses to admission are

  • the required undergraduate science courses:
    1. anatomy and physiology
    2. inorganic chemistry
    3. organic or biochemistry
  • undergraduate coursework or content in research methods

Accepted applicants may choose to take PYC5030 Statistics or HLH 5500 Research Methods prior to September enrollment.

How many students are accepted each year?

The number accepted each year depends upon the number of qualified applicants interviewed. This number varies from year to year. Fifteen to thirty students per year are accepted.

How do I spend time with a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) observing cases?

Contact information is present on this web site. You may wish to schedule a few hours at your own institution to observe anesthesia and surgery. This will also give you an opportunity to meet and talk with our alumni, or current nurse anesthesia graduate students.

The Nurse Anesthesia program has an Information session nearly every month (see Information Session Schedule). This is a good opportunity to meet nurse anesthesia faculty and students face to face, and have any questions about your individual circumstances answered.

Is online ACLS acceptable?

We do not accept online ACLS certification.