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School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105

Admissions Information

The Program does not discriminate based on race, age, creed, gender, sexual orientation, color, national origin, marital status, religion, or any other factor prohibited by law. This applies to all aspects of its operations.

Apply by May 1, 2023 for Fall of 2024!

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing program.
  • The program requires the student to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. All BSN courses must be completed prior to application deadline.
  • Unencumbered RN License is required. PA and NJ licensure must be documented prior to starting the program.
  • Must have one full year of intensive care experience in the United States prior to application deadline.
  • Certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) is mandatory. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Get Certified
  • Applicants should have a GPA higher than 3.2 out of 4.0 for all undergraduate or graduate degrees. No GRE is required.
  • All applicants must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Chemistry, and Research with a grade B or better.

Application Process


  • Three current letters of recommendation: an academic reference, a supervisor, and a mentor/colleague.
  • Official transcripts for ALL schools attended after high school regardless of number of credits.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association.
  • Essay delineating personal goals of graduate study in less than 500 words. 
  • Documentation of an observational experience with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

International Students

Visa status

  • Permanent resident or U.S. citizens who reside in the U.S., may apply online. 
  • Residents outside the U.S., but currently hold a Visa allowing work in the U.S. as a registered nurse, may also apply online. 
  • Financial documentation does not need to be submitted, a work visa waives this need. 


  • The program requires that all non-US transcripts evaluated by a recognized educational credential evaluation service. Please arrange for transcript reports to be sent directly to the Cedar Crest College. 
  • A certified course-by-course evaluation is required of all academic transcripts and diplomas performed by a recognized educational credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES: or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE: Please note: official transcripts are still required in addition to the evaluation.
  • Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process foreign transcripts once it is received. In order to be considered for admission, the foreign transcript evaluations will need to be received by the nurse anesthesia program by the May 1 application deadline.

English Language Requirements

If English is a second language, or if a four-year degree program is not completed from an accredited U.S. school, it is required to complete one of the following: Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (ILETS), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or American College Testing (ACT).  Demonstration of spoken English proficiency may also be required.

Transfer Credits

The Nurse Anesthesia Program accepts six (6) to nine (9) transfer credits.

Technical Standards

Applicants for the nurse anesthesia program must possess certain abilities and skills deemed essential functions for the care of patients. Read more about the technical standards as determined by Cedar Crest College.