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Approximately 25 DNP candidates are selected yearly for admission to the school. Admission to the school is very competitive and selection is based on academic achievement, professional nursing experience, professional and personal accomplishments, recommendations, and an interview with the Admissions Committee. Qualified individuals are eligible for admission regardless of age, race or ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or other protected status. Applicants with disabilities will be considered on an individual basis.

Admission requirements

Admission is competitive; meeting all of the following admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the School. Applications will be considered active for two sequential years.

  1. Bachelor's or Master's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  2. A minimum complied GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is desirable and a minimum compiled GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale from the last 40 semester hours/60 quarter hours of college coursework is required for admission.
  3. Current and unrestricted registered nurse license in the state of Illinois
  4. Graduate Records Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) less than five years old. GRE scores must be sent to both the NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia (Code 1659) and DePaul University (Code 1165). A compiled score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the written analytical section are required for admission.
  5. Minimum of two years of critical care nursing experience. Acceptable critical care experience includes: ICU, MICU, SICU, CCU, CTICU, CVICU, NeuroICU and PICU.
  6. Organic Chemistry within the last 5 years.
  7. Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
  8. Shadow day with a CRNA.
  9. Letters of recommendation from: a) Dean or Director, School of Nursing, b) current supervisor, and c) physician or CRNA from employment setting.
  10. Test of Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for applicants who speak English as a second language.
  11. Computer competency, Internet access, and a current e-mail account.
  12. Interview with Admissions Committee.
  13. A non-refundable matriculation fee is required within three weeks of acceptance.
  14. Degree-seeking individuals must apply to DePaul within three weeks of acceptance.
  15. Physical exam, proof of immunizations, drug screen, and criminal background check is required prior to matriculation.
  16. Completion of a scientific writing course must be prior to matriculation (Course offered through NorthShore).


An individual who withdrew in good standing may apply for readmission.  An individual who was dismissed from the School because of failure to meet didactic requirements may also apply for readmission. An individual who was dismissed from the School because of failure to meet clinical practicum objectives will not be eligible for readmission.

Transfer Students

Because of the unique design and content of the curriculum, the School does not accept transfer students.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours/12 quarter hours in core nursing courses.

Questions concerning admission to the NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia should be sent to: