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 for fall 2025 opens August 15, 2024 and closes October 15, 2024. All completed and verified applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be sent by December 15, 2024. Interviews will be held in person in January 2025. 

All required documents must be uploaded and verified by NursingCAS and the UofL Graduate Admissions supplemental application fee must be paid on or before the published deadline. 

Application Deadline is October 15, 2024.

How to Apply

  1. Submit online application to Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which includes the following materials:
    • Official Transcripts representing all college course work. Bachelor's degree must be from a regionally accredited institution and a NLN or CCNE accredited nursing program. 
    • 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)
    • BLS and either ACLS or PALS certifications
    • Employment Verification Form verifying applicant has a minimum of one year of recent (within the last two years preferred) full-time critical care experience or part-time equivalent.
    • 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
    • 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.
  2. In addition to the NursingCAS application fee, you will be required to pay a $40 supplemental application fee directly to UofL Graduate Admissions in order to be considered for admission. Once you submit your NursingCAS application, you will receive an email from UofL Graduate Admissions with instructions on how to pay fee.
  3. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Selection Committee.
  4. Submit the non-refundable $1,500 matriculation fee if accepted into the program.
  5. After acceptance to program, submit clinical requirements including background check, drug screening, immunizations, and any 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.

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