Frequently Asked Questions

Revised Jun 16, 2020

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    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 all supporting materials must be received by Oct. 31. 

    NOTE: Early decision will be considered in 2019. Please refer to the main admissions page for details.

    Applicants must meet all requirements on or before the Oct. 31 deadline. This includes completion of all prerequisite 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 from our accreditors 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).  Applicants who have completed 1.5 years (or more) in ICU prior to the admissions deadline have the best chance for an interview (all other things being equal).


    How recent do my undergraduate science courses have to be?

    We look at grades in Chemistry, Organic chemistry (or Biochemistry), and Anatomy and Physiology. Note these are topics, not course titles (the two chemistry pre-requisites are typically satisfied by courses titled General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2). You must have one course in each area, taken in the ten years prior to the admissions deadline, 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 are in these topical areas:
      1. Anatomy and physiology
      2. Inorganic chemistry (e.g. Gen Chem I)
      3. Organic or biochemistry (e.g. Gen Chem II)
    Accepted applicants may contact program faculty to inquire about transfer credit. See the section on transfer credit in the program Handbook.

    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. We are currently accepting 25 new students per year.

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

    Contact information is present on this website. 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. Our College accepts ACLS & BLS approved by the American Heart Association.