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Nurse Anesthesia

College of Nursing and Health Professions

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Application Requirements

On-Campus Program


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For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

How to Submit Application Materials

Drexel Admissions is currently processing application documents received through the U.S. Postal Service and courier services (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), although there is a slight delay in processing these documents. We strongly recommend that you submit all official transcripts and supporting documentation electronically to If your school is not able to send official transcripts electronically, please request that official documents be sent by mail or courier service. Please allow 3–4 weeks for transcripts and supporting documents sent by mail or courier to be processed. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time at Drexel and around the world. We will process all documents as soon as we receive them, but please expect some delays.


  • Graduate Admission Application

    Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

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  • Transcripts

    Official transcripts are required from an accredited BSN/MSN program and all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. Please note that official transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive.

    A CCRN or population-specific equivalent certification is also required.

    Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended.

    Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.

    If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency.

    Precise, word-for-word English translations of all non-English language documents are required along with official documents in the original language. All translations must be completed by the issuing institution or an ATA-certified translator. Visit the American Translators Association website to search for an ATA-certified translator.

    If you have questions regarding what documents you must submit to fulfill the transcript requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • International Transcript Evaluation (international applicants only)

    Transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency for admittance into this program. Drexel University accepts course-by-course transcript evaluations from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of member agencies, please visit the NACES website.

  • Standardized Test Scores

    Applicants who completed their education in the United States, with a BSN/MSN GPA and general science GPA greater than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, are eligible to have the GRE requirement waived. Otherwise, official GRE scores completed within the last five years must be submitted. Please note, competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.

    International applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL minimum scores: 90/577/233), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE minimum score: 61) unless they meet the criteria for a waiver.

  • Essay

    Submit a statement of interest detailing your desire to pursue a career in nurse anesthesia practice and discuss an area of potential research interest within current nurse anesthesia practice.

    Please include why you would like to pursue nurse anesthesia as a career goal, along with your long-term career goals. Limit your statement of interest to two (2) pages, double spaced, times new roman, 12-point font.

    Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

  • Résumé

    Upload your current curriculum vitae detailing academic and professional experience as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required the following individuals who can attest to the applicant's clinical knowledge, clinical skill, and potential aptitude for graduate-level study:

    • Nurse manager
    • Physician or clinical supervisor
    • Clinical educator or professor

    References will not be accepted from colleagues, friends, CRNA/anesthesiologists shadowed by the applicant, or family members.

    To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

    Request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    Alternatively, you may submit your recommendation letters by mail. Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of the recommender. The recommendation envelope must be submitted unopened to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • License

    Provide a copy of the following license and certifications:

    • Current unencumbered United States Registered Nurse (RN) License with eligibility for licensure in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
    • Current American Heart Association CPR (BLS) certification
    • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification

    Please also provide at least one of the following: PALS or ACLS. If admitted, you will be required to have the other certification by the time you enroll in the program.

  • Work Experience

    In accord with the council on accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia program standards, applicants will have demonstrated clinical critical care experience that meets the following criteria:

    • Applicants to the DNP-NA program will possess a minimum of two years (post-orientation) full-time experience working with the most critically ill patients.
    • A minimum of two years current full-time critical care experience where the registered professional nurse has direct patient care and manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter; CVP; arterial), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive drips (such as norepinephrine, epinephrine; dobutamine; nicardipine; nitroglycerine).
    • Experience as a registered professional nurse in critical care nursing (ICU) based within the US or its military bases, in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop independent decision-making, demonstrate psychomotor skills, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring based on knowledge of physiologic and pharmacologic principles.
    • Preferred areas of practice include: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care), Coronary Intensive Care, PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and a Level I Emergency/Trauma Unit are also acceptable. Other areas may be considered provided competence can be demonstrated with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs defines a critical care setting:

    Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

    • The Nurse Anesthesia program requires that all applicants must be able to meet the technical standards for admission, progression and graduation. Review the Technical Standards for Nurse Anesthesia.
    • Completion of the Drexel DNP-NA Shadowing Form, which is available on the CNHP website, demonstrating completion of a shadowing experience with a qualified anesthesia provider. A qualified anesthesia provider that may submit the shadowing form must be a CRNA or a Physician Anesthesiologist.
  • Academic Experience

    Degree Prerequisite:

    • For post-BSN applicants: A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
    • For post-MSN applicants: A master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.

    GPA Requirement:

    • A minimum 3.0 BSN GPA (for Post-BSN applicants) or 3.0 MSN GPA (for Post-MSN applicants) is required.
  • Mailing Addresses
    • By Postal Mail
      Drexel University
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      PO Box 34789
      Philadelphia, PA 19101-4789
    • By Express Courier
      (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
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