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Application Requirements


The application cycle opens on August 13, 2020, for matriculation in May of 2021. Please visit NursingCAS to create your account and complete your application between August 13, 2020, and January 13, 2021. All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by January 14, 2021.

Due to a limited number of interview slots, applicants are encouraged to complete the application requirements in advance of the January deadline for priority consideration.


Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution must be complete prior to application.

A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale for undergraduate curriculum.


  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission consideration.


  • If you earned a bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. and/or you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency via an official TOEFL report that includes a total score and category scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking. (The TOEFL requirement may be waived if you have been a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.)
  • If you have a valid TOEFL score, please send directly to Rosalind Franklin University at Institution Code 1117 from ETS.


Applicants must provide three references who know the candidate personally and can attest to the candidate’s performance. Each reference should know you in one of the following capacities:

  • Professor or faculty member from your nursing education program
  • Your current immediate nursing work supervisor (i.e. the person responsible for your annual nursing employment performance review)
  • A physician whose patients you routinely take care of in your critical care nursing employment position


Applicants are required to submit a short essay explaining why they want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).


Official transcripts from each college, university or community college previously attended must be submitted directly to NursingCAS according to these instructions.


Current unencumbered licensure as a registered professional nurse in the United States, its territories or protectorates is required.

Current ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification is required by the time of matriculation.


A minimum of one year of work experience as an RN in a critical care environment is required. Two or more years of work experience as an RN in a critical care environment are strongly recommended and improve the competitiveness of the applicant.


Pass an RFUMS background check.

Meet the program's Technical Standards.