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 and closes January 15, 2023. All completed and verified applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be sent by February 1, 2023. Interviews will be held in person February 20-21, 2023. Admission decision notifications will be sent to all applicants by the end of February.

All required items must be uploaded and verified by NursingCAS on or before the published deadline. The transcript verification process can take several weeks after receipt of transcript, so please see that all materials are received by NursingCAS well in advance of the published deadline.

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).
    • Official GRE scores must be sent to NursingCAS using the code: 4000. Scores must be from within the past five 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
    • Employment Verification Form verifying applicant has at least one year of recent (within the last two years preferred) full-time critical care experience or part-time equivalent
    • CRNA Shadowing Documentation
    • English Proficiency exam as applicable: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from this requirement
    • 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.