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Prospective students must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for entry into the program:

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Application Packets for the class beginning May 2026 must be completed by April 1, 2025.  Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2024.

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  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with an NLNAC or CCNE accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Stabler Department of Nursing Faculty.
  • Grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education. Please provide original transcripts.
  • An unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or an APRN in the United States or its territories or protectorates.
  • Successful completion of the following courses: a statistics course that covered descriptive and inferential statistics, a physical assessment course, and a nursing research course.
  • A personal statement: In 400 words or less, please provide a personal statement that gives insight about your journey to become a nurse anesthetist.
  • CRNA Shadow Log: Each applicant is required to keep a log of visit(s) to the operating room. It should contain the hours they were there, with whom they spent time, and a reflective statement. Please have the CRNA sign your shadow log. (8-hour minimum).
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Program requires (3) recommendation letters with (3) recomenndation forms. A CRNA recommendation letter is required.  The purpose of the CRNA letter is for you to obtain a CRNA mentor to whom you can ask questions and gain insight into Nurse Anesthesia.
  • A minimum of 1-year full-time work experience or its part-time equivalent as a registered nurse in a critical care setting is required.  The applicant must have developed as an independent decision maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. Most individuals accepted in Nurse Anesthesia Programs have at least 2-4 years of experience. 
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.  ( PALS is not required until accepted).


Observation opportunities are available for students interested in applying to the program. We offering the prospective students the opportunity to observe a class in-person.

Please contact Stacey Holtzman, Program Student Coordinator, to set up a class observation day by email


Application and Program Information

Is there a deadline for my application?
Yes, application will be accepted starting October 1, 2024, for the Class of 2029.  All documents including transcripts and Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by April 1, 2025 deadline, no documents will be accepted after the deadline.

How many students do you admit each year?
The Nurse Anesthetist Program admits 16-18 students each year.

Do you interview everyone who applies to the program?
The number of applicants interviewed is determined by the number of positions available. Approximately 3 times the number of available slots will be invited to interview.

How long after the application deadline does the interview process begin?
Selected applicants are notified approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline and scheduled for an interview within the following month.

Is there a waiting list for admission?
The Nurse Anesthetist Program will not maintain a waiting list of prospective applicants. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in the following years.

Applicants whose first language is not English?
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Graduates of foreign nursing programs must also have transcripts and application materials evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

Which graduate or undergraduate courses might be helpful to me as a nurse anesthesia student?
Undergraduate or graduate courses in research, statistics, and health assessment are prerequisites for admission. Courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry are suggested, but not required. You may wish to consider additional education in those areas of the sciences in which you feel weak.

Do I have to obtain my own liability insurance for clinical rotations?
Liability insurance with specific coverage for nurse anesthesia students must be purchased before beginning the clinical phase of the program. Information about policy options available through AANA Insurance Services will be provided after enrollment.

Will my advanced standing or transfer credits be applied towards my degree?  A maximum of seven credits (or two courses) in graduate study may be transferred to York College of PA prior to matriculation.  All courses are reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs in Nursing.  Graduate-level research courses without an EBP component will not be accepted for transfer credit.

Is housing available for graduate students?
No, students must make their own arrangements for housing.

How many hours per week can I work while enrolled in the program?
Outside employment is discouraged because of the intense nature of the program.

Is your program offered by distance learning?

Can I attend your program on a part-time basis?
The Nurse Anesthetist Program currently admits only on a full-time basis.

How much are the tuition and fees for the program?

Financial Aid

Is financial assistance available?
Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information, regarding programs that may be available to provide you with financial assistance
General Information: (717) 849-1682/
Location: Miller Administration Building, Room 138
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Eric Dinsmore, Financial Assistance Director
(717) 815-1226

Education and Experience Prerequisites

Must I have an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN)?

Can I apply for admission if I am enrolled in a degree completion program and scheduled to finish my BSN after the application deadline?
No, A completion of a baccalaureate degree program with an NLNAC or CCNE accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Stabler Department of Nursing Faculty, is required to be considered for admission.

What is the average nursing experience, in years, for accepted applicants?
Applicants are required to have at least one year of critical care experience as a registered nurse when entering the program. Most individuals accepted in Nurse Anesthetist Programs have at least 2-4 years of experience.

Which type of clinical experience is preferred?
Applicants are encouraged to practice in clinical environments that require dynamic decision-making while caring for patients with continuous ECG monitoring, invasive lines (such as a pulmonary artery, central venous, and arterial catheters), vasoactive infusions, and ventilatory support. Most applicants obtain these experiences in surgical, cardiothoracic, trauma, or medical intensive care units however, we are interested in the quality of nursing experience, not a unit’s name.

Does it matter if all my clinical experience is with neonatal or pediatric patients?
The majority of students enter the program with adult critical care nursing experience, however, this is not mandatory. Students having only pediatric nursing experience should ensure they have some background in providing care for adult patients as the majority of their education will be in this venue.