Application Process

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A holistic review process is used when considering applications for admission to the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program. The holistic review considers multiple criteria for admission, including the applicant’s professional career goals, academic capabilities, GPA, work experience, leadership, and community engagement.

Application Cycle

The Nurse Anesthesia program application cycle opens October 15, 2022. All completed applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be sent 4-6 weeks following the application deadline. Admission decision notifications will be emailed to all applicants by the end of May.

Application Deadline is January 15, 2023.

  1. Meet all UofL Graduate admission requirements
  2. Submission of online application to Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), including:
    • Official Transcripts representing all college course work with a recommended undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
    • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the United States are also required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
    • GRE scores from exam taken within the last 5 years
    • RN verification of licensure from the Board of Nursing
    • Acute/Critical Care Nursing Certification (CCRN) or equivalent nursing specialty certification
    • BLS and ACLS or PALS certifications
    • English Proficiency exam as applicable: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Employment Verification Form
    • CRNA Shadowing Documentation
    • Three letters of recommendation addressing: academic ability, professional competency, and personal character
    • Updated resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that includes the following: work experience, certifications, scholarly activities, and educational leadership and/or professional organization activities
    • Short answer essays reflecting on your preparation for graduate work, personal and professional goals, and reasons for pursuing nurse anesthesia
  3. Completed Graduate Admission Application including a reduced application fee
  4. Interview with Selection Committee
  5. Non-refundable $1,000 matriculation fee if accepted into the program
  6. After acceptance to program, submission of clinical requirements including immunizations, background check, drug screening, and other documentation as required

* All nursing students are required to submit a criminal background check (CBC) through the School of Nursing third party vendor Castlebranch. Students will be required to submit the CBC along with their decision to accept the admissions decision. Details will be included in the admission offer letter.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. Carefully read the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.