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How to Apply

CRNA Admission Requirements

    1. Possess a Baccalaureate/Bachelors or Master’s in Nursing, Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Nursing, or Entry Level Master of Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degrees must be completed and final transcripts submitted through NursingCAS prior to application. 

    2. Possess a Natural Science GPA of 3.0 or higher and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater.

    3. Possess an unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or APRN in the United States.

    4. Prior to the application deadline, complete a minimum of one year (1 FTE), two years preferred, of nursing experience in a critical care setting within the last three years. Employment in a critical care setting must be maintained until at least 90 days prior to matriculation into the program. Operating room, emergency room, and post-anesthesia recovery DO NOT fulfill this requirement. Ground/flight transport nursing experience may be considered on an individual basis.

    1. Summer 2025 Application Cycle opens October 1, 2023 and closes August 31, 2024.

    2. Create an online account in NursingCAS. Minneapolis School of Anesthesia utilizes NursingCAS for application processing. You can access the NursingCAS site here:

    3. Upload RN license

    4. Upload CV/Resume

    5. Official transcripts for all college courses

    6. Provide four professional references:

      1. One from a current supervisor and one from a former supervisor.

      2. Two from someone that can directly evaluate the applicant’s nursing practice.

    7. Your NursingCAS application must be verified prior to the application deadline to be considered for the cohort that matriculates Summer 2025. Please understand that it can take NursingCAS up to four weeks to verify an application – plan your application accordingly.

    8. Monitor your progress in the NursingCAS portal frequently to stay up to date and complete necessary tasks to ensure your application is complete prior to the deadline.

    9. Shadow experience with an anesthesia provider. Please see NursingCAS application for all specific information.

    1. A chemistry course must be completed from an accredited college or university within 5 years of starting the DNP-NA program. It can be an online course and no lab is required. A passing grade or B or higher is required; pass/fail courses will not be accepted. Official transcripts can be sent to either NursingCAS during the application cycle, or directly to MSA if completed between after the application deadline and the first day of class.

    2. If invited, complete the interview process. In person interview is preferred. Out of state applicants will be considered to participate in a virtual interview, depending upon location.

    3. Possess American Heart Association basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certifications.

    1. If a candidate accepts admission into the program, a $1,000.00 non-refundable matriculation fee (a seat fee) is required to secure the candidate’s position in the program by either cashier’s check, money order, or personal checks are accepted. This matriculation fee is applied to miscellaneous program fees, and equipment. It is not applied towards tuition.

    2. Obtain MN, IA and WI nursing licenses prior to starting clinical rotations (Not required until the second year of the program). Licensing in all 3 states are required and must be kept current throughout the program.

    3. A physical exam by the applicant’s own provider and updated vaccination/titers must be completed prior to the beginning of clinical rotations (Not required until the second year of the program). The health form will be furnished by the school. The completed form and titers must be sent to MSA prior to onboarding for clinicals. Completion dates will be given to students in advance.

    4. Congratulations if you’ve made it this far! We look forward to having you join MSA!

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia

700 East 7th Street

St. Paul, MN 55106


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