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DNAP student at Mayo Clinic providing anesthesia care in the operating room

Admission requirements


A selected number of students are accepted each year for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (CRNA) Postgraduate Degree Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Acceptance factors and criteria

During the application review process, you will be screened on the following criteria:

  • Overall academic performance in graduate program
  • Experience as a practicing CRNA (such as leadership, education, or committee involvement)
  • Personal statement
  • References — two specific references required (CRNA supervisor and peer); Mayo Clinic employees who are non-Mayo graduates also require an educational reference from their respective nurse anesthesia program


For admission to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Postgraduate Degree Program, you must have:

  • A current valid Minnesota registered nurse (R.N.) license upon enrollment
  • Current certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists upon enrollment
  • Possession of a master's degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia program
  • Current employment as a nurse anesthetist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, or be a graduate of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program

Admission policies

California resident applicants

Though the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the state of California is not. As such, the College is not authorized to provide distance education in the state of California, and it therefore does not accept students from California into its Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program.

Transfer credit

Transfer credits are not accepted.

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Application process

Application timeline

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May 15-July 1, the year prior to enrollment Mid-July Send all requested materials in one packet to:
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences DNAP Program
200 First St. SW
Siebens 1012
Rochester, MN 55905

Application opens on May 1, the year prior to enrollment. Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than July 1.

Application instructions

Please submit the following information in one packet to the DNAP Program Office by July 1.

  1. CV/Resume.
  2. Personal statement. In 1000 words or less (total), please address the following questions:
    • How do you envision obtaining your DNAP will impact your role as a practicing CRNA?
    • What is your motivation for obtaining your DNAP?
    • What are you most looking forward to learning in the DNAP Program?
  3. Letters of recommendation.
    • Professional: A certified Registered Nurse Anesthestist supervisor.
    • Peer: A CRNA or anesthesiologist colleague with whom you work.
    • A third reference is required if you did not graduate from Mayo Clinic's Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program. This reference should be from an educator in your respective nurse anesthesia program.

Interview process

If you are considered for acceptance, you will be asked to visit Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester (at your own expense) for a personal behavioral interview with the program director and selected faculty.


Final candidates for the program are selected after all interviews are completed. The program begins in mid-July.