Nurse Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions


How many applications are received each year?
We receive approximately 100 applications each year.

How many students are accepted each year?
We will escalate enrollment numbers according to the following schedule:

August 2014: 17
August 2015: 25
August 2016: 25

When is the application deadline?
Due to strong demand and limited class size, early application is encouraged. The Office of Admissions and Student Services must receive the completed application with all supporting documents (evaluation forms, transcripts, GRE scores, licenses, proof of certifications, current Curriculum Vitae, etc.) before October 15 of the year of desired admission (August matriculation). Incomplete applications will not be considered after the October 15 deadline.

Should I observe the role of a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) before I apply?

  • Yes. We highly encourage all applicants to become familiar with the role of the CRNA. Try contacting a CRNA at your own institution to shadow a CRNA and observe the operating room environment. Also, current nurse anesthesia graduate students offer a wealth of information from the student perspective.
  • The Duke University School of Nursing offers an on-campus experience yearly (contact Office of Admissions and Student Services for times). The on-campus experience provides an opportunity to meet both the nurse anesthesia faculty and students face to face, and ask questions regarding your individual circumstances.

I began working in the ICU two months ago. Am I eligible for an interview?
You must have a least one year of recent, continuous critical care experience prior to submitting the application.

Who should I contact regarding the application process?
Please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services for any inquiries regarding your application. or 877.415.3853.

Do you prefer specific areas of critical care experience?
At the time of application, the applicant must have a minimum of one year’s (two years preferred) current, continuous full-time acute care experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting which offers the applicant an opportunity to develop as an independent decision-maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on their knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. Adult acute care experience offering on interpretation and use of advanced monitoring, care of ventilated patients, pharmacologic hemodynamic management, and independent decision making is preferred. CCRN certification is strongly encouraged.

Experience areas preferred include:

  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Neuro Intensive Care
  • Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care

I took the GRE five years ago. Will you accept those scores?
The GRE exam must have been taken 5 years of application. The GRE exam scores must be officially reported to the Office of Admissions and Student Services directly from GRE. You will find a wealth of helpful information at the Educational Testing Service website.

I have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Nursing. Can I obtain a nursing degree from a technical school and then apply to your anesthesia program?
Yes. If you possess an Associate/Diploma degree in Nursing from an accredited program with a bachelor’s degree in another field (RN to MSN Pathway) you may apply.

Do you require a NC license to apply for the program?

  • North Carolina nursing licensure is not required for the application process.
  • Applicants are required to submit, at the time of application, a copy of their valid, unencumbered RN license from the state in which they currently practice.
  • All applicants must possess a valid, unencumbered RN license from at least one of the 50 United States.
  • Applicants accepted into the nurse anesthesia program are required to possess a valid, unencumbered North Carolina license as an RN which must be maintained throughout the program. Further information regarding North Carolina nursing licensure may be found at the N.C. Board of Nursing website.

Do you require CCRN certification for application or admission?
We do not require CCRN certification for admission. However, we strongly encourage certification due to the competitive nature of our admission process.

Will I complete all of my clinical training at Duke University Medical Center?
No. We currently utilize numerous clinical sites located throughout the state of North Carolina. Students rotate through the various sites gaining valuable experiences unique to each of the individual facilities.

Will I be required to travel to clinical sites and remain overnight?
Yes. Student housing is provided for the student if the driving time to the clinical site is greater than one hour from the Duke University School of Nursing.

Financial Assistance

Can I apply for financial assistance?
Yes. Visit Financial Aid or call 877-344-4680 for comprehensive information on all timely financial aid that may be available.

Will I be able to work part-time during the program?

  • Successful completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesia Program (80 course credits) requires a substantial time commitment averaging 60-70 hours per week (includes class time, clinical, and study time) during the 36-month program. The curriculum is designed for 36-months of full-time study. Historically, given the rigorous nature of the program, students find it difficult to subsidize their educational expenses through part-time employment. While we discourage part-time employment, students may choose to do so only if they maintain satisfactory academic progress. If students must engage in part-time employment, it may cannot conflict with academic or clinical assignments. Scheduling of nurse anesthesia program activities will take precedence over scheduling needs for employment. Students are expected to responsibly manage their time and resources.
  • Students are strictly prohibited from working in any capacity that involves the administration of anesthesia.
Student Health Insurance

Students should visit the Student Health website for timely information about health insurance options while enrolled at Duke University.

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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