M. S. in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Admissions

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

Applications are reviewed as they are received and invitations to interview are sent throughout the fall of each year so we encourage applicants to complete and submit applications early.

Admission decisions are made until after all qualified applicants have interviewed at the end of the fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.  Applications are reviewed as they are received and applicants are invited to interview after review.

On-campus Interview Dates for Summer 2016 have not yet been scheduled.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar



Biochemistry is required and must be completed no more than five years prior to enrollment into the Nurse Anesthesia program.  Biochemistry must be completed with a grade of "B" or better, and must be completed by the end of December (or fall term) prior to expected enrollment to be eligible for admissions. 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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Recommended Science Courses:

















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 review the applicant's foundational science base and to evaluate the applicant's 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 
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended must be submitted as part of a complete application
  • Proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in your own state at the time of application. Upon acceptance into the program, licensure in the state where clinical experience is obtained will be required.
  • A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, especially in the science and professional courses is highly recommended.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to "shadow" a nurse anesthetist for at least a day in the operating room prior to application. In addition, to fully grasp the commitment involved in studying to be a nurse anesthetist, it is especially valuable to "shadow" a student registered nurse anesthetist for a day. Neither of these experiences is a requirement for application, but are highly recommended.
  • Minimum of one year 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 is generally not sufficient as the sole critical care experience.  
  • Three references/recommendations, submitted as part of the online application; one reference must be from the applicant's immediate acute care nursing supervisor/manager and must attest to the total length of time 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, highly recommended

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 upon invitation by the Admissions Committee, and are required for admission to the program. Interviews will be held in December/January 
  • 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. English Proficiency requirement must be completed at the time of 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 MNA 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 Placement

There is no advanced placement.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.


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.