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M. S. in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) Admissions

Our mission is to provide an academic environment, which allows students to master the intellectual and technical skills necessary to become competent in the safe conduct of anesthesia. It does this by providing a select group of experienced, graduate level nurses with the highest level of didactic, simulation lab, and clinical site experiences. Our graduates develop the lifelong scholarship, critical thinking skills, and professionalism needed to become compassionate, patient-centered anesthesia providers in solo practice or within anesthesia care teams. (Taken from the Didactic Handbook for Class of 2019)


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.

Plan for Transition 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 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2021. Further information regarding this transition is available by contacting the Program Director Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA, (207) 221-4519 or

Application for Summer 2020

  • Applicants must all apply through UNE’s Graduate Admissions application
  • April 1, 2019: MSNA application will open for Summer 2020 admission
  • October 1, 2019: UNE Application electronic submission deadline
  • December 18, 2019: Deadline for successful completion of Biochemistry prerequisite with a grade of “B” or better (“B minus” grade not acceptable) to be eligible for an admissions offer

Processing of applications

  • Applications completed (with all supporting materials) by October 1 will be reviewed for consideration for invitation to interview during the Fall interview sessions; applications completed after October 1 will be reviewed for consideration for invitation to interview on a space available basis in the spring term 2019.
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your electronic application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Admissions are non-rolling with decisions made by the MSNA program Admissions Committee after all candidates have been interviewed in the fall.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle for early consideration and invite to interview.
  • Campus interview sessions will be held during the fall by invitation only.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.


Program Admissions Requirements


  • Required Science Course
    • Biochemistry (3-4 semester credits and level 300 or above)
      • Completed with a grade of  “B” or better (“B minus“ grade is not acceptable) and no more than five years prior to enrollment into the Nurse Anesthesia program
      • Must be completed by December 18 prior to expected enrollment in summer term to meet admissions eligibility (documented completion with a "B" or better or evidence of enrollment in course to be completed by December 18, required at time of application)
      • UNE's Online Science Prerequisites will be accepted to fulfill the Biochemistry prerequisite, as well as many other courses


  • Completion of baccalaureate or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university in nursing OR Associate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited nursing program and completion of a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited school in another field 
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, specifically in the science and professional courses is highly recommended
  • Submission of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended as part of the completed application
  • Proof of current licensure as a registered nurse in your own state at the time of application; licensure in the state where clinical experience occurs, is obtained after enrollment
  • “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, 2 or more recommended, of experience as a critical care registered nurse
    • Must be completed prior to application to the program
    • Acceptable areas: ICU, CCU, CVICU, SICU, MICU, NICU, PICU and Neuro ICU   
  • Three (3) letters of reference 
    • One letter must be from the immediate acute care nursing supervisor or manager attesting to the total length of time, in years and months, applicant has worked in the acute care setting as a registered nurse
    • All others should be of a clinical nature
    • Letters from friends or family members not acceptable
  • Certifications
    • 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
      • Submit copy of certification
      • Submit score report
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited candidates will be expected to
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up to date immunization status
  • Accepted/deposited candidates will be subject to passing a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation as well as periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliations


  • Applications for admissions to be submitted through the University of New England's Graduate Admissions application only
    • Applications submitted and completed by the posted deadline will receive full consideration
    • 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 only
    • Required for admission to the program and by invitation only
    • Interviews held in the fall term prior to the summer admit term
    • Admissions decisions are non-rolling and made by the program Admissions Committee after all interviews are completed
    • Decision letters will be sent to applicants from the Office of Graduate Admissions
      • Candidates required to deposit within two-three (2-3) weeks of receipt of decision letter to secure place in class
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited U.S. institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is require


  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates


  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Nurse Anesthesia program
  • The program director will review and award transfer credits on a case by case basis


  • No advanced standing placement available


  • No credit awarded for experiential learning


Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Nurse Anesthesia program 
  • The program director will review and award transfer credits on a case by case basis

Advanced standing

No advanced standing placement available

Experiential Learning

No credit awarded for experiential learning