Great pride is taken in the rigor of the curriculum and our students' thirst for success. Setting the bar high in program admission requirements helps maintain those standards from the start. All are outlined below to begin the application process. Due to the competitive nature of the admission process, applicants should understand that meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee an invitation to interview for admission into the program. Applicants will be screened by the program, and the most qualified individuals will be invited for an interview. Also, meeting the minimum admission criteria and receiving an invitation to interview does not guarantee admission into the program, as the admission/interview process is competitive.
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Submit a current, unencumbered license to practice as a professional registered nurse (RN) and/or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) issued through one of the states of the United States or its territories or protectorates. If that RN and/or APRN license is not issued through Florida, the applicant must be eligible for Florida Licensure at the time of application.
Bachelor's Degree or higher
Submit evidence of at least one of the following degrees from a regionally accredited institution:
Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in Nursing (BSN, MSN, DNP, etc.)
Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in another appropriate related major (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, etc.)
If an applicant is currently enrolled at a regionally accredited institution and is scheduled to complete a degree prior to the anticipated enrollment at AHU’s DNAP program, he or she must provide a current transcript prior to an admission interview, and then provide a final official transcript upon completion of the degree and prior to enrollment.
While a BSN is preferred, the AHU nurse anesthesia program also considers applicants who have a BS in a related field and an AS in nursing. Related fields may include biology, chemistry, exercise physiology, or respiratory therapy. Degrees must have been obtained from regionally accredited institutions.
For 2020-2023 DNAP Cohort (application deadline 6/1/2019)
STAT 215 Elementary Statistics (or equivalent; at least 3 credits), with a grade of B or better, within 10 years prior to application deadline
Chemistry – a Chemistry course (at least 3 credits), with a grade of B or better, within 10 years prior to application deadline, and subsequently, completion of
Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia (online through AHU) by December 31 of the year prior to enrollment in the DNAP program.
Submit current official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended, in accordance with the guidelines in the current AHU Academic Catalog. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Failure to disclose all colleges or universities previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States will be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation for that coursework. Adventist University of Health Sciences will accept evaluations from the following credential evaluation companies:
Refer to the AHU academic catalog. If an applicant is currently enrolled in any course at a regionally accredited institution at which he or she has previously taken any other courses, he or she must provide an updated transcript prior to an admission interview and then provide an official transcript upon completion of the course and prior to enrollment.
Present a minimum cumulative grade point average, inclusive of both undergraduate and graduate coursework, of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Submit an official copy of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years. GRE scores on college transcripts are also acceptable.The program requires that one official copy of the GRE scores be sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to AHU's NursingCAS code - 1951. The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a prior graduate degree. The MAT is not accepted.
What is a competitive GRE score? What is the minimum?
A competitive GRE Score is 300 on the GRE Revised and 3.5 analytical writing.
Average scores from the past five cohorts are 298 on the GRE Revised and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion. For the previous version of the GRE, a minimum of 900 is acceptable.
Critical Care Experience
Complete a minimum of one year of recent (within the last 3 years) critical care nursing experience prior to program start. The time during orientation to the critical care area cannot be considered toward the one year minimum. Two or more years of recent intensive critical care nursing experience is preferred. It is also preferred that at least a portion of this experience is with the adult patient population. Critical care experience is defined by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) as follows:
Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the US. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions [such as norepinephrine, epinephrine, vasopressin, dobutamine, nicardipine, nitroglycerin]. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered, provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
BLS and ACLS Certification
Submit current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
Mental and Physical Requirements
Meet the mental and physical requirements for the DNAP, as follows:
Have sufficient visual acuity to observe and assess a patient, to discriminate color and depth, to read and accurately complete reports, and to visualize diagnostic/monitoring equipment in dim light.
Have sufficient hearing to monitor and assess patient health needs, to monitor various equipment and background sounds, and to communicate by telephone.
Be able to speak English in a clear and concise manner.
Have English communication abilities sufficient to interact professionally with others in verbal and written form, and have reading skills appropriate to understand patient charts, reports, and orders
Be able to stand and walk without difficulty and be able to push a gurney or wheelchair.
Be able to stand and/or sit for an extended period of time.
Be able to perform fine and gross motor skills with both hands.
Possess critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act appropriately in stressful situations.
Possess interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Have mobility sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.
Have tactile ability sufficient to perform palpation functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.
Submit an essay outlining reasons for choosing to become a nurse anesthetist, for choosing to attend a Christian faith-based institution, and for choosing AdventHealth University, specifically.
Submit three letters of recommendation through NursingCAS.org. One recommendation must be from a licensed CRNA that the applicant has shadowed; one recommendation should be from the immediate supervisor, and one recommendation should be from a current RN/APRN co-worker. Recommendations from friends or family members are not accepted (Recommendation letters are only effective for the annual application cycle in which they are submitted. Re-applicants must submit new, current reference letters.)
Provide evidence of English language proficiency for applicants whose native/primary language is not English (see English Language Proficiency section in the current AHU Academic Catalog).
Successfully complete the interview process. Please note that interviews are arranged by invitation only.
Prior to a determination regarding acceptance, there will be a brief (10-15 minute) personal interview with the NAP Admission Committee (6-10 members present). The personal interview helps to provide a realistic evaluation of eligibility for admission into the program, as it may assess oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia. The Admission Committee membership may consist of NAP CRNA faculty, clinical anesthesia providers (Anesthesiologist and CRNA), AHU didactic faculty, an SRNA representative, and a public member. The primary requirement for admission into the DNAP program is the applicant’s ability to benefit, as appraised by the DNAP Admission Committee, to successfully complete the 36-month curriculum. Applicants should have strong academic records as evidenced by their cumulative grade point average and GRE scores, their demonstrated consistency of academic performance, and strong clinical experience. The committee is interested in determining the candidates’ base knowledge of physiology, invasive monitors, care of ventilated patients, and their knowledge of the drugs they commonly administer in ICU. A firm and clear commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession and to fulfilling the missions of AHU and the NAP are additional criteria which are assessed through the interview process and the personal essay. Qualities such as maturity and effective interpersonal relationships, as determined from the letters of recommendation and the interview, are also important admission criteria. Each member of the DNAP Admission Committee is given the responsibility to score conscientiously after each applicant’s interview. Scores are collected immediately following the interview. Justification by the DNAP Admission Committee for acceptance or rejection of a candidate is not required nor noted in the applicant’s file. All applicants should dress in professional attire for the interview with the DNAP Admission Committee. All applicants who are offered letters of acceptance must successfully complete the interview process. (Interviews are by invitation only.)
Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT)
All applicants who are invited for an Admission Interview will be required to complete the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) at AHU on the day of the interview. The online assessment takes up to 50 minutes and will be administered at the AHU campus in a standardized proctored setting, on the same day the applicant’s interview is scheduled. The HSRT is specifically designed to assess the critical thinking skills of health science students and professionals, to include measurement of high-stakes reasoning and decision-making processes.