Admission requirements

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

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum of one undergraduate course (3 credits) of Chemistry: Organic or Biochemistry (No General Chemistry) taken within 10 years of application with a final grade of "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
  • 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 GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current RN licensure
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • CCRN Certification
  • Currently employed in an ICU (SICU, MICU, CICU, Neurotrauma, Pediatric ICU in an academic teaching setting). PACU and ER employment are not accepted as ICU experience, with a minimum of one year full-time ICU experience. 
  • Shadowing experience at your hospital of employment.
  • Applicant Personal Statement — a summary (1-2 pages) double-spaced highlighting your professional nursing career. Please include reasons for desiring the nurse anesthesia profession.
  • Three (3) professional references are required— two (2) from current ICU RN co-workers and one (1) from your immediate RN ICU supervisor. You will send the requests electronically in CAS to the three individuals you want to complete them and these individuals must submit their completed recommendations electronically via the Centralized Application System.
  • Completed application submitted by June 1 and verified by July 1. The application is available February 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 at time of admission offer.

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.

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Admission to the program is competitive. Students who are offered admission to the WSU NA program will have a Criminal Background Check performed by Certiphi, Inc. Matriculation into the program will depend on the results of that check, and successful completion of the WSU Graduate Application.

No coursework may be transferred or substituted for credit into the DNAP curriculum.