BSN to DNP-CRNA Admission Requirements - College of Nursing
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Nurse Anesthesia Emphasis – Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to consideration for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia Emphasis program:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a Nursing major from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC, now the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) or the Commission on College Nursing Education
  • Completion of application for admission, including copies of all post-secondary educational transcripts. Transcripts should show 8 credits of anatomy and physiology with labs, 8 credits of inorganic and organic chemistry, 3-4 credits of microbiology, 3-4 credits of pharmacology
  • Current, unencumbered Wisconsin license to practice as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • GRE scores are required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.70-2.99 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants with a GPA of 2.70 to 2.99 may be considered for admission under probationary status.
  • An acceptable undergraduate statistics course completed within the past 5 years.
    • The course must be at least 3 credits and include both descriptive and inferential statistics.
    • The course does not need to be completed prior to application, however it does need to be completed before enrollment in any graduate nursing course. Applicants admitted with a statistics course in progress will be admitted conditional upon successful completion of the course.
    • A grade of B or higher must be obtained in the statistics course.
    • Please click here for a list of acceptable statistic courses. Further questions regarding acceptable statistic courses can be directed to
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification
  • Three professional references which reflect current knowledge of professional and or/academic skills.
  • Minimum of one year (two years preferred) current, continuous full time (or part-time equivalent) critical care experience* as a registered nurse.  Critical care certification (CCRN) is preferred.


  • * 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.Note:  Due to the competitive nature of the admission process applicants should understand that meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission into the program.  Also, applicants will be screened and the most qualified individuals will be invited for an interview.