M. S. in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Admissions

Important Dates

  • The October 1 application deadline has been extended. Applications submitted and completed by November 1 will be considered for admissions for Summer 2018.

On-campus Interviews, by invitation only, will be held:

  • October – December, 2017

All applicants to the University of New England's Nurse Anesthesia program must apply through UNE's online application.

Please note: Biochemistry is required to be completed with a grade of “B” or better by December 20, 2017, and within five years of enrollment into the Nurse Anesthesia program. Coursework completed more than 5 years before the start of the program in Summer 2018 will not be acceptable to fulfill the requirement. (Documentation confirming biochemistry is complete or in progress is required by the October 1 application deadline)

Applications are reviewed as they are received and invitations to interview are sent throughout the fall of each year. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.

Admission decisions are made after all qualified applicants have interviewed at the end of the fall term.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar



Biochemistry is required and must be completed with a grade of “B” or better no more than five years prior to enrollment into the Nurse Anesthesia program.  To be eligible for admissions, Biochemistry must be completed by December 20 prior to expected enrollment. The Nurse Anesthesia Program will accept the online biochemistry course offered through UNE's Online Science Prerequisites, as well as many other courses







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Organic Chemistry




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*Grades for the science courses listed above are used to calculate a cumulative science GPA for the Admissions Committee to evaluate the applicant’s foundational science base and aptitude for the sciences.




  • Graduation from a regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing OR graduation from a regionally accredited associate degree program in nursing and completion of a baccalaureate degree in another field 
  • Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended as part of the complete application
  • Proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in your own state at the time of application; with licensure in the state where clinical experience is obtained after admissions.
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, especially in the science and professional courses is highly recommended
  • “Shadowing" a nurse anesthetist for at least a day in the operating room prior to application and "shadowing" a student registered nurse anesthetist for a day is highly recommended to more fully understand the commitment involved in studying to become a nurse anesthetist
  • Minimum of one year (two or more years recommended) of experience  as a registered nurse in a critical care area (specifically ICU, CCU, CVICU, SICU, MICU, NICU, PICU and Neuro ICU) prior to application to the program  (Note: Emergency Room, Recovery Room or Post-Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) will be considered on a case by case basis but generally not sufficient as the sole critical care experience.)  
  • Three (3) references/recommendations, one must be from the applicant's immediate acute care nursing supervisor/manager attesting to the total length of time, in years and months, the applicant has worked in the acute care setting as a registered nurse
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification
  • CCRN and/or other specialty certification (i.e., CEN) highly recommended Please submit copy of certification as well as scores.

Note:    Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements.  Please visit Student Health Care for details.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation and periodically throughout the MNA program.


  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the University of New England's online application only.
  • Applications submitted and completed by the posted deadline will be fully considered. Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission to the program. Interviews will be held in November and December. 
  • Admissions decisions will be made, by the program Admissions Committee after all interviews are completed. Decision letters will be sent to applicants, from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the US. See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions. If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Nurse Anesthesia program website.

Policy exceptions

The Nurse Anesthesia program and the MSNA Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

There is no transfer credit awarded to students in the Nurse Anesthesia program.

Advanced standing

There is no advanced standing placement.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

Transition Plan to the Entry-Level Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The University of New England Nurse Anesthesia program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in January 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2020.

Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Program Director Maribeth Massie, Ph.D., MS, CRNA (207-221-4519 or mmassie@une.edu).


The School of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The School of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited through the spring of 2021.  The Program received the full 10-year accreditation length in June 2011.

The School of Nurse Anesthesia strongly encourages applicants to review the Essential Technical Standards of the University of New England's School of Nurse Anesthesia.