Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or related field from an accredited university, such as one accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Enlightenment (CCNE) or other regional accreditation.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in nursing and supporting courses.
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in biostatistics or statistics (preferably including inferential), chemistry (3 semester hours each) and health assessment.
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past five years. We will consider the highest score achieved and expect a candidate to score above the 50th percentile (approximately 300 for the combined quantitative and verbal score).
  • Foreign applicants or those with very low GRE verbal scores will be required to demonstrate a TOEFL score of at least 600.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse (North Carolina licensure required for matriculation).
  • A minimum of one year (2,080 hours) of full-time experience within the two years prior to application in an intensive care or coronary care unit, or the equivalent hours if working part-time. Clinical experience must be direct patient care that demonstrates independent decision-making (time in orientation or in managerial positions is not applicable). Management of vasoactive infusions, invasive monitors, ventilator modalities, sedative and paralytic drugs and blood test interpretation are examples of experiences most applicable to nurse anesthesia study.
  • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).
  • The ability to comply with all hospital policies and to carry out the physical aspects of the position.