Admissions Requirements

Applications for the Fall 2019 class will open beginning March 1, 2018. The priority deadline to submit an application for admission is May 15, 2018. Applications will remain open until August 15, 2018.

All completed applicant files will be reviewed by the the Nurse Anesthesia Program Admissions Committee and interview letters will be sent at the time of review. Interviews for the Fall 2019 class will be held in June, August, and October 2018. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision after each interview session.

Course Time Requirements

This program requires three years (36 months) of full-time, continuous enrollment. Students can expect to work about 64 hours each week. As such, the program strongly discourages students from participating in outside employment while enrolled in the program.

Admission and Application Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2* Overall science GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two courses in chemistry. A statistics course is highly recommended.
  • Completed application for admission
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae, detailing professional positions and accomplishments
  •  Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice or eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
  • at least one year (two preferred) of full-time (or part-time equivalent) of continuous, critical care experience within the past five years with adequate documentation**
  • A copy of BLS/ACLS/PALS certifications approved by the American Heart Association (CCRN or equivalent specialty certification strongly preferred)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study. One letter from each of the following is required:
    • Previous faculty familiar with your previous studies
    • Current supervisor
    • Physician familiar with your clinical practice.
  • An essay (not to exceed three pages, double spaced, 12-point font):
    • Explain your educational and professional goals. This should focus on a recent clinical experience, and how the DNP will enhance your professional development and career goals following completion of the program. The goal statements will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Discuss how you have helped to develop and disseminate knowledge in your past experience as a professional nurse.
    • Discuss what a faith-based education means to you.
  • CRNA Verification of Employment filled out by your employer and uploaded to your NursingCAS application in the Documents section
  • TOEFL and TWE scores – Degree-seeking individuals whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL and TWE scores. Photocopies are not acceptable. Scores of 100 Internet-based total or 250 computer-based total on the general TOEFL and a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) are the minimum score requirements.
  • Completion of the Nurse Anesthesia/DNP interview.
  • Transfer Student Requirements:
    • One to nine (1-9) credits of graduate level courses may be transferred from an accredited college or university.
      • Students must request in writing that credit be transferred to USF.
      • The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program Director must approve and request acceptance of the credits from the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.
      • The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs will provide written acceptance or denial of the credit to the student.

*Applicant files that fail to meet the minimum GPA requirements for admission must take the GRE and submit scores with their application. Decisions regarding program admission will be made by the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee on an individual basis.

** We define critical care experience as work completed as a licensed RN in an ICU (medical, surgical, neurovascular, or cardiovascular), pediatric ICU, or neonatal ICU. Other experiences considered, on an individual basis, include post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), and emergency room.