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We receive approximately 80-100 applications.

Working outside the program is not encouraged. Students may not work the shift prior to a clinical anesthesia commitment. Students will not be excused from a call rotation because of outside employment.

Transfers into the program will be allowed on a space available basis. Due to the inherent differences between programs, it is rare.

What are the TOEFL requirements? International students must have a RN license in the US. In addition, their transcripts must undergo a WES evaluation. Application requirements for international students can be found using the following link:

Submit a TOEFL or IELTS score (unless a bachelor's degree was awarded from a US university or college) of:
A paper-based TOEFL score of 600 OR
A computer-based TOEFL score of 250 OR
An internet-based TOEFL score of 100 OR
An IELTS score of 7.0

Accepted ICUs include: SICU/ MICU/ CVICU, CCU/PICU/ NICU/Neuro ICU, Transplant ICU.

We do not accept ER, OR or PACU in meeting the ICU requirements. Step down units do not meet the experience requirements.

  • Experience: 1 year (preferably 2 years) ICU experience
  • Licensure: RN
  • Undergraduate Degree: BSN (95%) Non-nursing Bachelor of Science degrees may be accepted with approval from the program (less than 5%)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (competitive 3.4 GPA
  • Minimum GRE Score: 295 (competitive 300)
  • Prerequisite Courses: For non-nursing BS degrees, a statistics course and a research course must be approved by the program. Minimum grade of C is required.

BLS, ACLS, PALS (current) are required for application.  

All courses must be current by the start of the program.

The average successful applicant has a GPA of 3.45, a GRE of 300 and 3.5 years ICU experience (most commonly SICU/ MICU/ CTICU). Newman University's Nurse Anesthesia Program requires a minimum of 1 year ICU experience (although the average experience for the successful applicant is 3.5 yrs and it is rare for an applicant with less than 2 yrs to be accepted). We do not accept OR, ER, or PACU experience for meeting the ICU requirement. There are two goals for the ICU experience. The first is experience and knowledge of invasive monitoring (art lines, swans, ICP, etc), vasoactive drips/medications and ventilator management. The second goal is to develop critical thinking skills (the ability to put together the pharmacology, physiology, and pathophysiology in making decisions for your patients - knowing why, not just how). The applicant may be able to gain this experience from any ICU, the most popular are SICU/MICU but we have had successful applicants from any ICU (CCU, Neuro ICU, Burn/Trauma ICU, Mixed ICU, PICU, NICU).

For a new nurse, a larger higher acuity unit may provide the most experience in the shortest amount of time but that may be offset by the variety of a smaller mixed ICU. We encourage all applicants to make the most of whatever ICU experience that they have - ask why things are being ordered, learn the reasons for their actions (not just because the standing orders are, or because that is the policy). Utilize any patient care experience as a learning experience. Soak up knowledge from all participants (attending physicians, residents, intensivist, respiratory therapy, experience nurses, etc).

You must have a KS RN licensed at the start of the program or a compact/multi-state license current from another state. If you have an unencumbered RN license from another state, you may obtain the KS license after interviews, before start of program. If you have restrictions on your current nursing license, you should obtain a KS RN before application.

We currently accept 20 to 25 students (14 to 19 for the Wichita sites, 6 for the OKC sites) each year.

Program Format and Structure

First semester is 17 hours of full-time didactic education Monday through Thursdays, with 4 Friday OR observation days and simulation lab. Once clinicals start in January, we do not follow the academic calendar and you will be in clinicals full time between didactic semesters. 2nd semester includes 10 hours of didactic classes on Monday- Tuesdays, with clinicals Wed-Thur-Fri. Subsequent semesters include didactic work (at the NU campus) on Mondays, and then Clinicals T- F with some weekend and call responsibilities.

All students are required to be on campus each week for didactic classes regardless of where they complete their clinical rotations. 


Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2020, the approximate cost was $68,020 plus approximately $3,500 books/equipment

Scholarships are available from a number of local, state or national groups. It is the applicants responsibility to seek these out and submit appropriate application for these scholarships.


The NU Nurse Anesthesia Program's first time pass rate of  90% in 2019, is well above the COA requirement of 80% and the average national pass rate of 84%. The attrition rate for the NU Nurse Anesthesia Program overall (those students who start the program but do not complete it) is 1%, also well below the national average.