Nurse Anesthesia Admission

Admission Requirements

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The following requirements must be met prior to consideration for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia program:

  • Bachelor's degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE).

  • Completion of application for admission, including copies of all post-secondary educational transcripts.

  • Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) or evidence of outstanding graduate academic achievement.

  • Minimum science GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Bachelor's or post-bachelor's course work must include satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics.

  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of application (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) with scores available before October 1. GRE scores are required and cannot be waived. Competitive scores tend to be 50th percentile and greater in all sections.

  • Personal interview (by invitation) with members of the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee will be offered to qualified applicants. Applicants selected for interview are usually notified on a rolling basis.

  • At the time of application submission, the applicant must have a minimum of one year (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

    • Trauma Intensive Care

  • Applicants must possess the physical and mental skills necessary to successfully complete the School of Nursing curriculum. (Submission of a personal statement describing the applicant's personal career goals and interest in graduate study.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from applicants whose native language is not English or who have not completed their high school and college education in the U.S. (Refer to the Duke University School of Nursing Application Admissions Procedures: Additional Requirements for International Applicants)

  • Submit the completed application and all supporting documents no later than October 1 preceding the August matriculation date. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the October 1 deadline.

  • E-Portfolio is not required.

Successful completion of the nurse anesthesia program (83 course credits) requires a substantial time commitment averaging 50-60 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.

Application Procedure

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 CV, etc.) before October 1 of the year of desired admission (August matriculation). Incomplete applications will not be considered after the October 1 deadline.

Application Review

Once the application is complete, the file will be forwarded to the Nurse Anesthesia faculty for review to determine interview eligibility. Candidates will be notified of the interview decision via e-mail through the Office of Admissions and Student Services. If an applicant is selected for an interview, they will receive an e-mail inviting them to participate in an on-campus interview day. After interviews are completed, each student will receive notification of whether they are admitted, waitlisted or declined. Official decision notifications are typically released within four weeks of interviews. If admitted, complete an online enrollment form and submit a $1,000 deposit to confirm acceptance in the program.

Supporting Documents Required by the Office of Admissions and Student Services
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges, universities, and graduate schools attended. Transcripts must be submitted regardless of when you attended, how many hours you earned, or whether you earned a degree.

    • Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution in order to be considered official. You may also collect sealed transcripts and send them all together in one large envelope.

    • Duke University School of Nursing will accept electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution(s). These documents can be emailed to SON-Documents@dm.duke.edu.

  • Photocopy of current, unencumbered nursing (RN) license.

  • Proof of current certifications as stated on the application (Basic Life Support Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, CCRN, etc.).

  • Three professional references attesting to academic ability, professional competency and professional qualifications are required. One reference must be from an immediate supervisor and include a contact phone number.

  • Application fee of $50.

Supporting Documents That Must Be Submitted Directly From the Sender (Not the Applicant) to the Office of Admissions and Student Services
  • GRE scores: Graduate Record Examination scores must be officially reported to the Office of Admissions and Student Services. Information regarding the GRE can be found at the Educational Testing Service website. Duke University School of Nursing's GRE code is 5156.

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