Nurse Anesthesia Track Admission Requirements

An applicant to the doctor of nursing practice/nurse anesthesia track must be a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another field. The desired candidate will have obtained a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • an application form
  • application fee
  • two professional or academic recommendations
    • one of which must be from an official or the director of your nurse anesthesia program and
    • one from someone who is a current supervisor or is able to judge your current professional position and practice.
  • proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license/or APRN if you are in a state that requires the APRN to practice
  • a current resume or curriculum vitae
  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • personal statement addressing the following:
    1. professional goals and motivations
    2. a nursing experience that has influenced or shaped your practice;
    3. a health care problem that interests you for potential doctoral study.
  • verification from your prior master's nurse anesthesia program indicating the total number of supervised clinical hours that you completed as a part of that program. Download the form (PDF)
  • master's degree must fulfill core science requirements in the following areas:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Statistics
    • Research
    • Pharmacology
    • Physical Assessment (A waiver may be granted if taken as part of the master's level coursework in the nurse anesthesia program. This can be verified by an official letter from the program director of your nurse anesthesia program identifying the coursework where physical assessment was included in the coursework. If Physical Assessment has not been taken prior to application, it can be taken as part of the doctoral program.)
  • an official NBCRNA Transcripts showing graduation from an accredited Nurse Anesthesia program and listing the hours and clinical work performed in that program (Contact NBCRNA and have the transcript sent directly.)
  • certifications:
    • Current certification/recertification as a CRNA
    • Current BCLS and ACLS certifications

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and students may apply to enter during the fall semester. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to ensure consideration for the semester desired. Applications are evaluated once all materials are received by Quinnipiac. A personal interview with the Directors is required. An in person interview is preferred for in state candidates, but the interview may be completed in person, via Skype or phone. Acceptance is offered to qualified applicants in the next available start term. Please note that admission is competitive and that meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.

All accepted students will also be required to complete a background check following acceptance and before the start of classes. Acceptances will be conditional prior to satisfactory completion of both. Instructions for completing these are below.

Background check directions:

  1. Visit the Application Station website
  2. Enter QUINCBCNURSEONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
  3. Click the "Sign Up Now" button to create an account.
  4. Follow the instructions on the Application Station website.

The background check will include:

  • Social security number validation/verification
  • Criminal record searches (statewide, county and federal searches)
  • National criminal database search
  • Sex offender registry search
  • OIG/SIG
  • Sanctions based search

Drug screen directions:

  1. Visit the Application Station website
  2. Enter QUIN14DRUGNURSEONLINE in the Application Station Code field.
  3. Click the "Sign Up Now" button to create an account.
  4. Follow the instructions on the Application Station website.