Admissions Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program, applicants must have the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related sciences (Biology, Physiology, Chemistry)
  • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Chemistry: Inorganic/General, Organic or Biochemistry taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher. Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade in the Winter 2020 semester. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the student submits a letter from the instructor documenting that the grade is a B or higher.
  • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Microbiology or Anatomy & Physiology taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "B" or higher. Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade in the Winter 2020 semester. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the student submits a letter from the instructor documenting that the grade is a B or higher.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credits completed
  • Overall minimum Nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Overall Science Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher (Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Current RN licensure
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • CCRN Certification: The CCRN deadline has been relaxed and is not needed for admission consideration for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle. However, CCRN is still a program requirement and if admitted to the WSU DNAP program, CCRN certification will need to be completed by the Fall 2021 program start.
  • Current employment, a minimum of one year full time in an Adult ICU (SICU, MICU, CICU, Neurotrauma). PACU and ER employment are not accepted as ICU experience
  • In light of the COVID-19 virus, shadowing is no longer required for Application Cycle 2020-2021. For all other application cycles, completion of one (1) In-Hospital shadow experience before June 1 is required. Shadow experience at any other hospital is acceptable. To arrange a shadow experience at Detroit Receiving Hospital, please contact Nikki Fowler at shadowcrna@gmail.comShadowing at Detroit Receiving Hospital is open only for those applying to Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia program. When planning your shadowing experience, please keep in mind that shadow days book very quickly! 
  • Completed application submitted by June 1 and verified by July 1. The application is available March 1 – June 1. Verification can take up to 6 weeks, so it is mandatory that you submit the application at least 6 weeks in advance, so it is verified by the July 1 deadline. 
  • If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, students must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by World Education Services: www.wes.org. The results of the evaluation must be sent to Wayne State University and the Centralized Application System.
  • Complete WSU Graduate Application by July 30.

All deadlines noted on this website must be abided by in order to be considered for admission to the WSU NA program. Due to the highly competitive nature of admission to this program, successful completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

If you have additional questions, you may also want to review the frequently asked questions about the NA program admissions. 

Personal interview

A personal interview will be granted to select individuals who meet all admission requirements and have submitted the CAS application and the WSU Graduate Application by the admissions deadlines.

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Admission to the program is competitive. All those admitted to the WSU NA program have met all requirements and have successfully completed a personal interview.