Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the DNAP entry-level program

The admission requirements for the entry level DNAP degree program are listed below and are in compliance with the requirements established by the Council on Accreditation.

  • Completion of University and program application materials (receipt by by published deadlines)
  • Submission of all undergraduate and graduate-level transcripts by published deadline.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4 point scale for undergraduate curriculum.  Students not meeting the GPA requirement may be considered for admission if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate/graduate study.
  • A Baccalaureate of Science degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to application into the program.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, its territories or protectorates.  
  • At least one year, preferably two, of full-time experience as an RN in a critical care setting.
  • Competitive GRE scores.  GRE scores must be current within a 5-year period.
  • Interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Department Admissions Committee.
  • TOEFL Scores- An official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by any applicant who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency. This test must have been taken within the last two years and scores must be sent directly from the Education Testing Service ( This requirement may be waived at the University’s discretion for the following:
    • Applicants who have been full-time students in United States college or university for at least two consecutive years
    • Applicants from countries in which English is the primary language

Application Process

  • Submit the NursingCAS Application by June 30, 2015
    • Personal Statement
    • Three letters of recommendation from 3 of 4 possible sources (Professor/Faculty Member, Supervisor/Employer responsible for your annual performance review, CRNA, and Physician)
    • Curriculum Vitae
  • Interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Department Admissions Committee
 * This requirement may be waived at the Program’s discretion. 

Please note:  Although other programs within the College of Health Professions provide a part-time option, the Nurse Anesthesia program is full-time only.  Students attending the program take their coursework as part of a full-time academic cohort.


Post Admission Requirements   

  • Pass an independently conducted state and federal criminal background investigation 
  • Provide documentation for required immunizations, titers, and health information required by student health services  
  • Maintain current ACLS and PALS Certifications as well as unencumbered Wisconsin and Illinois Nursing Licensures 
  • Pass a urine drug screen prior to attending clinical residency

For further information

For additional information, please contact the Department's Administrative Director, Reade Carrathers, at 847-578-8396 or at