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 (COA) 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 by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through the spring of 2021. The program received the full 10-year accreditation length in June 2011. We are scheduled for reaccreditation in the fall of 2020.

As of December 14, 2020: The School of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through October 2021. The program is scheduled for reaccreditation review in October 2021. The program received the maximum 10-year accreditation award in June 2011.

View the department performance data sheet (PDF)

Council on Accreditation Contact

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

222 South Prospect Avenue - Suite 304 Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010; 847-655-1160; http://coacrna.org

Transition plan to the entry-level Doctor of Nursing Practice 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 2021. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting program director Cheryl L. Nimmo, D.N.P., MSHSA, CRNA at (207) 221-4519, or at cnimmo@une.edu.

Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • All complete applications received on or before November 2, 2020, will receive full admission consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
    • Required Biochemistry prerequisite course must be satisfactorily completed with an official transcript received in the Office of Graduate Admissions no later than the November 2, 2020 application deadline.
  • UNE will communicate all updates, notifications, and status changes via email.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to interview during Fall 2020. All interviews are by invitation only.
  • Admissions decisions will be made by the MSNA program Admissions Committee after all candidates have been interviewed.
  • Admissions decisions will be sent out from late November 2020 to January 2021.

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


Items to submit to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission:

  • Application with application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Proof of current RN licensure
  • Copies of required certifications/score reports: ACLS, PALS
  • Proof of satisfactory completion of Biochemistry Prerequisite*
    *If you are unsure whether or not a specific Biochemistry course will count towards our prerequisite requirement, please submit the UNE Biochemistry Prerequisite Equivalency Form. Your submission will be reviewed and a reply will be sent to you via email within 5-7 business days.


All University of New England Nurse Anesthesia Program applicants should apply through the UNE Online Graduate Application.


Completion of Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Nursing OR
Completion of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in a science-related field of study.

All degrees must have been completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or international equivalent, and all nursing degrees must have been completed at an accredited nursing program, prior to starting the program.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent from the home institution directly to the UNE Office of Graduate Admissions at :

    University of New England
    Attn: Office of Graduate Admission/MNA
    716 Stevens Ave.
    Portland, ME  04103


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, specifically in the sciences, is highly recommended.
  • Due to the competitive nature of the program, meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.


  • Biochemistry (3-4 semester credits)
    • Course must be upper division (300 level+)
    • Community College courses are not acceptable

Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Notes:

  • Biochemistry must be completed with a grade of “B” or better (“B minus” grade is not acceptable) 
  • Biochemistry course must have been completed no more than five years prior to the application deadline for the UNE Nurse Anesthesia program
  • Course must be successfully completed with an official transcript submitted to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission no later than the application deadline.

UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites offers an online, accelerated Biochemistry course that can be used to fulfill this prerequisite requirement.


Three (3) letters of evaluation are required* — submitted via UNE’s online application system

  • One letter must be from the immediate acute care nursing supervisor or manager attesting to the total length of time, in years and months that an applicant has worked in the acute care setting as a registered nurse.
  • It is recommended that the remaining two letters come from those that can attest to the clinical and professional skills of the applicant.

*Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable


Clinical Experience: All applicants are encouraged to shadow a nurse anesthetist for at least 1 day in the operating room prior to application to more fully understand the commitment involved in studying to become a nurse anesthetist.

  • Minimum of at least 18 months (2 or more years is recommended) experience as a critical care nurse.
  • All experience hours must be completed prior to application submission
  • Acceptable areas: ICU, CCU, CVICU, SICU, MICU, NICU, PICU and Neuro ICU 


  • Proof of current unencumbered RN licensure in your home state at the time of application; licensure in the state where clinical experience occurs is obtained after enrollment.
  • Certifications Required-
    • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
    • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification
  • Certifications highly recommended-
    • CCRN and/or other specialty certification (i.e., CEN) highly recommended
      • Submit copy of certification
      • Submit score report


  • Please refer to the online application for the specific writing prompt and additional information.


On-campus interviews are a required part of the application and admission process:

  • Qualified applicants will be contacted and invited to interview during the fall semester, prior to the summer start of the Nurse Anesthesia program.
  • Interviews are done by invitation only.
  • Alternate interviewing modalities (including virtual interviews) may be instituted as necessary to address ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be in touch with any updates, as needed.


International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information and minimum score requirements.
  • All supporting documents must be submitted directly to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission.


Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:

  • Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations).
  • All students must have the ability to meet the Academic and Technical Standards of the Nurse Anesthesia profession.
  • Admissions decisions are non-rolling and made by the program Admissions Committee after all interviews are completed.

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 other supporting materials.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.


  • 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 Credit

Transfer credits are not awarded.

Advanced standing

No advanced standing placement is available

Experiential Learning

No credit awarded for experiential learning

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