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Application Requirements


The application cycle opens on August 8, 2024 for matriculation in May 2025. Please visit NursingCAS to create your account and complete your application between August 8, 2024 and December 13, 2024 All application materials must be received and verified by NursingCAS by the published end date for the admission cycle.

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

Applications for admission into the program are accepted beginning with the published start date for each admission cycle. During each cycle, applicants will be interviewed and offers of acceptance made, until all seats in the cohort have been filled. The admission cycle will close on the published date, or sooner, if all seats have been filled. Therefore, early application is recommended.


A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing or an appropriate major must be completed prior to application.

A minimum overall grade-point average (GPA), science GPA, and nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale is preferred.

There are no required prerequisite courses. Completion of a biostatistics course within the past two years is highly recommended.


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.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) with References

Applicants must upload to their NursingCAS application a copy of their current resume or CV that includes the names, titles, and contact information for three professional 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

Career Motivation

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.

Licensure and Certification

An unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in the United States or its territories or protectorates.

Professional Experience

A minimum of 1-year of full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States.

During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed 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.

Transfer Policy

Transfer applicants are not accepted at this time.

Matriculation Requirements

Pass an RFUMS background check.

Submit all immunization and other health records as requested by the office of admissions

Meet the program's Technical Standards.