For the DNP-FNP track:
Applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed by the Assistant Director of Admissions: Nursing Programs and presented to the Graduate Admission, Progression, & Graduation Committee of the School of Nursing in mid-April, annually. Based upon the information submitted, applicants will either be selected or denied for admission. This track does not currently require an interview for admission. Candidates whose applications fully meet requirements will be considered first. If space is still available after those candidates have been selected, other candidates may be considered for part-time or provisional admission. If necessary, the program will administer a waiting list.
For the DNP-CRNA track:
Applications and supporting documentation will
be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. All application materials must be
submitted by April 1 (prior to the targeted spring semester for starting the
program). Based upon the information submitted, applicants will be either
selected or not selected for interview. If selected for interview,
applicants will be informed by letter or email and asked to choose one of the
options for available interview dates. There will be a limited number of
interviews conducted on each day and the openings will be filled in the order
of the received requests. Applicants not selected for interview will receive a
letter to that effect, and their application process will be concluded for the
year. A waiting list is generally kept after interviews in the event that an offer of admission is declined by a candidate.
CRNA programs across the nation tend to be highly competitive, and applicant profiles across programs are similar. Applicants are highly motivated, typically have several years of critical care experience (currently averaging 6 years of experience), enjoy strong GPAs and GRE scores, and some have taken additional courses in advance sciences such as physiology, organic chemistry, or biochemistry. Traditionally, the majority of nurse anesthetists come from intensive care units, particularly surgical intensive care. Acute care nursing skills and experience gained in ICU nursing are not re-taught as part of the Nurse Anesthetist curriculum. Applicants whose critical care experience is other than ICU will be considered on an individual basis, but opportunity for admission may be limited when competing against a larger pool of applicants with traditional ICU backgrounds.