Nurse Anesthesia Program FAQ
According to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), all Nurse Anesthesia programs in the United States must transition to a doctoral program by 2022. UND Nurse Anesthesia Program faculty believe, as innovators in Nurse Anesthesia education, that it’s important to be at the forefront of this transition to the doctoral level.
Yes, The University of North Dakota Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) through 2031. A continuing accreditation site visit was conducted in Fall 2020.
You can contact COA at the following address.
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 United States. 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 (e.g. pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions.
A minimum of one-year full-time adult critical care experience is required, two or more years is preferred. 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.
While all nursing experience is valuable and is considered helpful in forming a well-rounded practitioner, we do not accept experience in the following areas to meet the critical care requirement: ER, PACU, Step-Down Units, Cath Lab, Interventional Radiology, or Surgery.
The completion of an Organic Chemistry I or upper division Biochemistry course at an accredited university or college is required prior to admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program. If you have not met this requirement, you may still apply to the program. But the course would need to be completed prior to matriculating in the program. These required courses can be taken either in on-campus or online formats and it does not need to have a laboratory component. These courses are in addition to chemistry courses that are commonly taken as part of an undergraduate B.S.N. or B.A.N. program.
Examples of Biochemistry courses that will satisfy this requirement include (listed alphabetically):
Lake Region State College – CHEM 260 Elements of Biochemistry (online course)
Minnesota State University Moorhead – CHEM 400 Biochemistry I (online course)
North Dakota State University – CHEM 260 Elements of Biochemistry
University of New England – CHEM 1005 Medical Biochemistry (online course)
University of North Dakota – BMB 301 Biochemistry
No. As our program leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, all applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in the area of nursing (B.S.N. or B.A.N.). If you are working on attaining your Bachelor's degree and will have it completed before the start of the program (i.e., Fall semester), you may apply to the program prior to the deadline of September 1.
We receive approximately 90 applications to our program each year. As the job market remains very strong for CRNAs, we anticipate receiving many applications for each new class of students.
No. Admission into our program is competitive. All submitted applications are reviewed by our admissions committee. All aspects of the application are thoroughly evaluated by the committee, including GPA, clinical experience, reference letters, and the personal statement. Interview offers are extended to those applicants the committee feels are most qualified.
Interviews are usually held in early November. Each interview is approximately 30 minutes, during which the interviewee will meet with several faculty members, clinical coordinators, and program faculty.
Fall 2021 Update: If granted an interview, interviews may be held via individual videoconferences rather than in-person due to travel and safety concerns.
We seek to admit between 18-20 students each year with classes beginning in August.
As the post-baccalaureate D.N.P. Nurse Anesthesia curriculum is a new offering, there is no current data for graduates of this program. However, the UND Nurse Anesthesia Program has had a 98.5% graduation rate since 2000 with minimal attrition.
Three letters of recommendation are required for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. The letters will preferably be from a manager or supervisor, a healthcare provider, or nursing faculty member. Letters should speak to applicant's ability to be successful in the D.N.P. program, addressing items such as clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, and collaborative skills with other health professionals, nursing leadership, etc.
Yes. Please find the recommendation forms on the Graduate School's Admission Forms web page where there is an electronic or PDF version. A written letter of reference may be used in place of or in addition to the specified form. It is highly recommended that the electronic version is used. Applying by paper may delay your application processing.
The program is thirty-six (36) months in length, beginning in late August and finishing in August, 36 months later. Please see the Curriculum link for further information.
Yes. The first year of the program is held largely in the classroom on campus at the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. The remainder of the program will require travel to other cities within North Dakota and Minnesota for clinical experiences.
The application can be accessed and submitted to the UND School of Graduate Studies at https://und.edu/admissions/graduate/apply. Please note the application deadline is September 1st .
College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines Graduate Studies
You can also call us directly by the calling the Program Director at 701.777.4509