CRNA Admissions Requirements
Application and Admission
Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration follows applicable policies and procedures of LLU and the School of Nursing and is overseen by the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration Admissions Committee. This committee intends that applicants are qualified for the proposed curriculum and capable of benefiting from the educational experience. This is accomplished through examination of evidence of scholastic competence, requisite licensure, clinical experience, moral and ethical standards, and significant qualities of character and personality. The application period is from September 1 - December 15. Priority admission deadline is November 1.
- Application with personal statement.
- An on-line questionnaire will be generated once the application is submitted. The questionnaire must be completed by the applicant before the admission deadline.
- Baccalaureate or Master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program.
- Cumulative GPA – 3.0 or higher.
- Science GPA - 3.0 or higher.
- Unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the United States; unrestricted Registered Nurse license in California before matriculation and must be maintained until program completion.
- Minimum 1 year, full-time critical care RN experience (in the U.S.) at time of matriculation (excluding orientation). Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse must have 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. 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.
- Current certifications: BLS, ACLS, and PALS are required before clinical courses begin and must be maintained until program completion.
- Three recommendations;
- Spiritual Advisor or Pastor
- Immediate supervisor in the critical care area in which the applicant is currently working
- Critical care/ ICU co-worker
- Interview granted by Admissions committee.
- Health Science Reasoning Test (taken on site when granted interview).
- Highly Recommended
- Clinical observation with CRNA - 8 hours (no official documentation required)
- CCRN certification