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Common Questions

Are there any prerequisite courses needed for admission to the program?

No, there are no prerequisite courses to take before matriculating into the program.

Do I need to have Letters of Recommendation submitted with my application?

No, the application requires the names of three individuals who know you personally and can attest to your performance; these individuals should be from one or more of the following categories: 1) professor or faculty member from your nursing educational program; 2) current immediate nursing work supervisor; 3) a physician whose patients you routinely provide nursing care for in the critical case setting.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for admission?

No, the GRE is no longer required for application to the program.

When do interviews begin, and what are they like?

The application cycle generally opens in August (see specific date for this year on our “Admissions Information” page), and we begin interviews in October--concluding in late February or early March with our final selections for the incoming class. Interviews involve approximately 5 stations--lasting 10-15 minutes--during which candidates are assessed for characteristics associated with emotional intelligence. Candidates also have an opportunity to meet with current students, and tour the University.

What elements constitute a “strong” application for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia program?

Key items that help to build a strong application include: 1) a grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) a natural science GPA at or above 3.0; 3) a minimum of 1 year of critical care experience; and 4) CCRN certification. Additional qualities that are assessed via the application include: diversity, life experience, and leadership experience.

After I interviewed, I received a “hold” decision, what does that mean?

A hold decision means that interviews are still ongoing, and your application is actively under review and consideration for acceptance.

After I interviewed, I received a “waitlist” decision, what does that mean?

A waitlist decision means that the program has received accepted offers of admission, and paid deposits, that fill the upcoming class. However, should a spot open up in the class, you may be contacted with an offer of admission.

After I interviewed, I received a “deny admission” decision--what does that mean?

A deny admission decision means that the program is not able to offer you acceptance for this admission cycle, and your application will not be placed on the current waitlist.

If I am not accepted this admission cycle, what things can I do to strengthen my application?

For an overall GPA near of below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), consider taking additional graduate level courses for which you receive a grade of “A” or “B”.

For a natural science GPA near or below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), consider taking additional graduate level science courses (such as Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology) for which you receive a grade of “A” or “B”. Obtain your CCRN certification (if you have not already done so) Seek additional leadership responsibilities within your present critical care position.

Does emergency department experience count for critical care experience?

Critical care experience involves the registered professional nurse developing critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

Does pediatric, or neonatal critical care experience qualify to meet the critical care experience admission requirement?

Critical care experience involves the registered professional nurse developing critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

How many students will be admitted per class?

The Rosalind Franklin University Department of Nurse Anesthesia is currently approved to matriculate 35 students per cohort.

In addition to tuition, I see that there are also student fees charged--what is included in these fees?

The program has negotiated a greatly reduced price for textbooks (due to volume purchase) and assesses a fee that will cover all required textbooks. Student fees also include: 1) Apex and Prodigy National Certification Examination (NCE) board preparation software; 2) student membership in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA); 3) required educational modules developed by the AANA; 4) Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) used to assess readiness to sit for the NCE; personally fitted precordial stethoscope and chest piece set; and 5) simulation supplies. Please see the posted breakdown of all student fees.

Will I need an IL or WI license for clinical?

An active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in one of the 50 United States is required to apply for admission to the program. Prior to the beginning of clinical residency training, each student is responsible for obtaining both Illinois and Wisconsin registered professional nurse (RN) licensure. Additional state licenses may be needed (based on the clinical rotation schedule), for which the cost will be reimbursed by the program.

Where do your students come from?