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Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia | Admission Requirements

Successful MSNA applicants will have met the following requirements.

Prerequisites for admission include:

  • Evidence of graduation from an accredited baccalaureate or higher nursing program, or possession of a bachelor of science degree in a basic science or health related field.
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse
  • One year or greater clinical experience in an intensive care unit PRIOR to application. The most qualified applicants will have experience in a high-acuity intensive care unit
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All college courses at the undergraduate and graduate level are included.
  • Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for all applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.6. Applicants with a GPA higher than 3.6 or a master’s degree will have the GRE requirement waived. The GRE scores must be current within 5 years of application. The most qualified applicants will have scores above the 50% percentile in each area.
  • Evidence of experience job shadowing a CRNA
  • Submission of required academic courses including general chemistry, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and statistics. Additional recommended coursework include microbiology, organic or biochemistry, and pathophysiology. 

The application checklist can be found on the MUSC Anesthesia for Nurses website

Information for international applicants can be found on the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management website

Note: In addition to meeting all federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements, foreign nurses, appropriately educated and credentialed in their own country, seeking to come to the United States on Non-Immigrant Educational Visas (J-1) must demonstrate successful completion of the examination administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) prior to consideration for admission into the accredited nurse anesthesia educational program. Such individuals who have not achieved licensure as registered professional nurses in the United States do not meet the eligibility requirements for admission to this program.

Last Published with Edits:July 17, 2015 12:02 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

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