Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Programs:

The application deadline for the May 2019 start date has passed.

  • 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.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A combined score of 300 or higher is recommended for the GRE exam. Please plan to take your GRE at least one month before the application deadline. 
  • 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 supervisor.
  • Current unrestricted license or eligibility to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina.

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

Admissions Selection

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. Exceptions 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.

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