Admission Process for MSNA Program

Learn about the Admission Process for Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program


  1. The applicant must have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Applicants who do not meet this criteria will be considered on an individual basis
  2. The applicant must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. The applicant must be a current unrestricted registered professional nurse
  4. The applicant must have completed a Statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics
  5. The applicant must have completed an understraduate nursing research course (or evidence of other equivalent research course)
  6. The applicant must have Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Life Support Certifications
  7. The applicant must have a minumum of one year full-time employment as a registered nurse in a critical care setting, such as SICU, MICU, CCCU or a burn unit

Admission to the MSNA Program

Application for admission into the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Program is a two step process. Students must apply to both Newman University and to the MSNA Program.

STEP 1 - Apply to the Graduate Studies Program

  1. Complete a NU graduate application (PDF 280 KB)
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee ($40 for international students)


STEP 2 - Apply to the Nurse Anesthesia Program

  1. Complete Nursing Anesthesia application (PDF 255 KB)
  2. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimim score of 290 (combined verbal & quantitative)
  3. Submit three professional recommendations.(PDF 77 KB) The letters should reflect an accurate appraisal of clinical skills, experience, and independent decision making.
    1. One recommendation for each of
      1. Most recent employer
      2. A health care professional preferably a licensed physician or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
      3. And from an individual that can attest to your academic suitability to pursue graduate education
  4. Submit one-page letter (PDF 17 KB) written by applicant detailing profesional and educational goals
  5. Submit an official transcript documenting a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and an official transcript from each college where undergraduate or graduate credit was earned

Items to send to be considered for admission to the MSNA program -

  1. Newman University graduate application form (PDF 32 KB)
  2. Application fee - $25 ($40 for international students)
  3. Nurse Anesthesia application form (PDF 255 KB)
  4. Personal statement (PDF 17 KB) (may be mailed by reference)
  5. Three letters of recommendation (PDF 77KB)
  6. Copies of nursing license(s)
  7. ACLS and PALS accreditation (and any other certifications)
  8. Resumé

Application to the MSNA Program must be completed by at least Nov. 15 of the year before the applicant wishes to be admitted. Acceptance into the MSNA Program is on a competitive basis and based on the completion of the following:

The above eight components should be collected and mailed together in one packet to this address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Newman University
3100 McCormick Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67213

Also necessary for admission to the MSNA program -

  1. Official sealed transcript from previous colleges / universities
    1. These may be submitted with your application packet as long as they reach us with their original seals and stamps unbroken
    2. Or they may be sent by the schools directly to the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program at the address mentioned above
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent directly from the Educational testing Service to the address mentioned above.
    1. The NU GRE code is 6615

Incomplete application packets will be returned to the applicant for completion.
Only the below items may arrive separately:

  • Transcript
  • GRE scores

In order to make sure your application is considered, we urge you to follow the instructions above.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Linda Sabala or Professor Sharon Niemann, Nurse Anesthesia program director.

Admission to the nurse anesthesia program is on a competitive basis and requires an interview with the admissions committee. In order to be considered to the next class, all application materials, including transcripts and GRE scores must be received at the University on or before Nov. 15 of the year prior to the year for which you are applying.

More Information

Please send any requests for information to:

Linda Sabala
Director of Graduate Admissions
316-942-4291, ext. 2230


Sharon Niemann C.R.N.A.; M.H.S
Program Director
316-942-4291, ext. 2272