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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: 290 (competitive 295)
  • 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. BCLS/ACLS required for application. PALS must be obtained by the start of the program. ACLS/PALS/ BCLS are required to be current at the start of the program.

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 in August. 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 students (14 for the Wichita, 6 for the OKC sites) each year.

Application Process

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Recommendations should come from a supervisor, an educator, and a medical professional. More information is included in the application packet.

The Admission and Progression Committee will review all complete, qualified applications to make a decision regarding interviews.

Typically 50-55 applicants are offered interviews.

Interviews will be held mid to late January.

Interviews for the NU Nurse Anesthesia Program are held by the Admissions and Progressions Committee, made up of the Program Director, Assistant Director, Clinical Director, Medical Director and the CRNA Clinical Coordinators of primary sites. The interview includes both personal and professional questions, including clinically based questions and scenarios. Interviews are 30 minutes on average. Successful applicants should be notified by early March for admissions to the August class.

All reapplication candidates should receive notice from the program (with instructions). To reapply, you must let the program know of your intentions, provide an additional reference and new personal statement. You must also include an updated CV, including any new certificates or transcripts since the prior application.

We have 4 open classes. These classes are on campus (no online component currently).

To take one of our open classes, you need permission from your advisor and a signed registration. You must arrange to met with your advisor to review, and accept the requirements for the open class(es).  Students pay for the class when classes start and if they get into the program within 2 years of taking the class, they do not have to repeat or repay for the class. If it is longer than 2 years after taking a class that an applicant gets accepted into the program, we do require that they formally audit the class (sit in on the class, but not required to take the tests at a much reduced audit fee).

Open classes do not qualify for financial aid or student loans.

The fall Open Classes are:

Applied Anatomy 4 hrs T 1 - 3 pm &amp R 1 - 4 (lab)
Chemistry and Physics for Anes 4 hrs M/W 3 - 5 pm

The spring Open Classes are:

Adv. Pharmacology 3 hrs M 5 - 8 pm
Adv. Physiology 3 hrs T 1 - 4 pm

Taking an open class can be beneficial for several reasons, but is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. Some benefits include showing the Admissions and Progression Committee your ability to do graduate level work (if it’s been some time since your undergraduate education or if some of your undergraduate grades are less than stellar) and reducing the full-time load if accepted into the program.

Due to the competitive nature of the program and the large number of applicants, we do not accept applications from those applicants that do not have the 1 year minimum experience prior to submitting an application. Although 1 year is the minimum, the average experience for the successful applicant is 3.7 years and applicants with less than 1 year are not competitive for the November interviews.

Program Format and Structure

First semester is 17 hours of fulltime didactic education Monday through Thursdays, with 4 Friday OR observation days. Once clinicals start in January, we do not follow the academic calendar and you will be in clinicals fulltime, 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 2015, the approximate cost was $64,000 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 overall first time pass rate of 91% (88% last year), is well above the COA requirement of 85% and the average national pass rate of 88%. The attrition rate for the NU Nurse Anesthesia Program overall (those students who start the program but do not complete it) is 2%, also well below the national average, while it is 4% for last year.