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Note: As of December 2013, the final Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program class has been filled, but we encourage you to apply for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program.


For admission to Mayo School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program (30-month continuous program), you must have:

  • A current valid Minnesota Registered Nurse (R.N.) license upon enrollment.
  • Received a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an appropriate biological science from an accredited institution.
  • Greater than one year of acceptable clinical experience, as an R.N. in an intensive care setting by your application date. Two or more years of ICU experience is highly preferred.
  • Taken the Graduate Record Examination (Mayo's GRE Code: 5784).
  • Demonstrated ability in no fewer than 30 prerequisite basic and/or advanced science semester credits.
  • Completed undergraduate or graduate courses in:
    1. Anatomy
    2. Chemistry (organic preferred but not required)
    3. Physiology

Nurse Anesthesia applicants initially are screened on their:

  • Overall academic performance
  • Demonstrated ability in science courses
  • Personal statement
  • ICU and RN Experience — Two years or more of ICU RN experience highly recommended
  • References — Three specific references required ( Nurse Manager, ICU physician, Academic instructor)
  • GRE scores
  • Knowledge of the profession (Nurse Anesthesia shadowing experience recommended)

Successful applicants are not selected on grades alone, but your entire college/university cumulative grade point average must be at least 3.0 (four-point scale). Selected science GPA of greater than 3.0 is highly recommended. Graduate science course work is given added weight.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.

International applicants

Please contact the program director before proceeding with the application process.

Applicants with academic transcripts from outside of the United States must have their educational transcripts translated (if not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the translation and evaluation services. Applicants must also have a minimum of one year ICU experience in the United States.

Policies and responsibilities

All MSHS Nurse Anesthesia Program and Mayo Clinic institutional policies must be adhered to by Nurse Anesthesia students.

The following Mayo School of Health Sciences’ policy affects applications and admissions to its programs: A science GPA of 3.0 or greater with a minimum of 30 science semester credits.

Admissions policy

Today's allied health graduate education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:

  • Immunizations*
  • Occupational health review and/or physical exam
  • Background study
  • Drug screen
  • Health insurance
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program.

Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.

*Immunization record

For the protection of patients, students and employees, and in compliance with state regulations, Mayo Clinic requires students to be properly immunized. You must show proof of the following immunizations before you begin a program at Mayo School of Health Sciences:

  • Tuberculin test in the past six months
  • Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity
  • Up-to-date diphtheria and tetanus shots
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or signed declaration

Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to Mayo Employee Health Service prior to the start of class. Drug screening may be required for Off Campus Rotations.

Health status

Prospective students will undergo a health review at Mayo Clinic and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations cited above. More information about the review will be provided after you have been offered a program appointment. Appointment to the program depends upon successful completion of the health review.

Medical insurance

Students must have medical insurance coverage during their program. Student medical insurance can be purchased through Mayo Clinic. To buy Mayo Clinic student insurance you need to be appointed to a full-time certificate or degree program which will last at least one year.

You can also choose to have your medical insurance covered through other, non-Mayo plans (i.e., insurance held through a parent or spouse, or an independent commercial plan). Evidence of medical coverage must be provided when your educational program begins and on a yearly basis.

Background check

Prospective students must pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening required by MSHS and/or state laws, prior to enrollment to Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Student responsibilities

Mayo School of Health Sciences students are expected (required) to attend all scheduled classes, examinations and assigned clinical rotations unless absence is approved.

Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

Equal opportunity

Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.

Transfer credit

Up to six semester credits may be transferred. Only approved Mayo Clinic Nurse Anesthesia Program "Emphasis Course' credits will be accepted for credit. (Contact program director for clarification prior to enrollment in a course)

  • Feb 17, 2014
  • ART291807