Admission Requirements for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Programs:
- Complete the Graduate School application by September 15, 2017 for Summer 2018 DNP Program admission consideration.
- BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and nationally accredited
(National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE) nursing program.
- Complete application for admission to the Graduate School, including official copies
of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Completion of undergraduate or graduate courses in basic statistics, general chemistry
and research with a C or better in each.
- Basic, Pediatric, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (BCLS – PALS - ACLS).
- Personal interview.
- Critical care experience should include a minimum of one year of full-time clinical
experience (2,080 hours) within the 2 years prior to application. These hours exclude
time spent in orientation or work performed in a supervisory role. Patient care must
be direct and involve the application of critical thinking skills, independent decision-making,
working with vasoactive drugs, ventilators, invasive monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery
catheters), interpretation of electrocardiographic data, hemodynamic waveforms, and
laboratory values (e.g., arterial blood gases, serum electrolytes). Other valuable
experience could include active participation in codes, acute airway management, administration
of sedatives and nondepolarizing muscle relaxants.
Appropriate critical care experiences include:
- Surgical, Cardiothoracic, CardioVascular Intensive Care, Neuro-Trauma
- Medical Intensive Care
- Cardiac Intensive Care
- Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care
Experience that does not apply includes:
- Emergency Room
- Flight Nursing
- Operating Room
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- ICU Step-down or transition areas
- Radiology/Cath. Lab
- Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A combined score
of 300 or higher is recommended for the GRE exam.
- Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate
coursework and a recommended 3.0 Science GPA. The Science GPA is based on the following
four courses: chemistry, anatomy and physiology I & II and microbiology.
- Resume and Professional Writing Statement.
- Three professional references: one reference must be from a current or recent immediate
- Current unrestricted license or eligibility for licensure, to practice as a registered
nurse in North Carolina.
Selection will be based on the applicant's qualifications including, prior success
in undergraduate and graduate studies, recency of courses taken, scholarly accomplishment
(publications, research), communication skills, additional certifications (e.g., CCRN),
intellectual curiosity, communication skills, and potential for professional growth.
Exception to any of the admission requirements will be considered on an individual
basis. Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance for
an interview or enrollment into the competitive graduate program.
Highly qualified applicants may be reviewed and 1) offered early acceptance prior
to the application deadline or 2) pending seat availability, offered admission beyond
the application deadline.