For admission to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program (a 42-month continuous program), you must have:

  • A current valid Minnesota registered nurse (R.N.) license upon enrollment.
  • Received a bachelor's degree in nursing or an appropriate biological science from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of one year of acceptable clinical experience as an R.N. in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting by your application date. Two or more years of ICU experience is highly preferred.
  • Taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Mayo's GRE code is 5784.
  • Demonstrated ability in no fewer than 30 prerequisite basic- or advanced-science semester credits.
  • Completed undergraduate or graduate courses in:
    • Anatomy
    • Chemistry (organic chemistry preferred but not required)
    • Physiology

Nurse anesthesia applicants initially are screened on their:

  • Overall academic performance
  • Demonstrated ability in science courses
  • Personal statement and additional essay question(s).
  • ICU and R.N. experience — two years or more of ICU R.N. experience is highly recommended
  • References — three specific references required (nurse manager, ICU physician and academic instructor)
  • GRE scores
  • Knowledge of the profession (nurse anesthesia shadowing experience recommended)

Successful applicants are not selected on grades alone. Their entire college or university cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 (4.0 scale). Selected science GPA of greater than 3.0 is highly recommended. Graduate science coursework is given added weight.

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, unless they move to Minnesota for the entire 42 month program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Please contact the program director before proceeding with the application process.

Applicants from outside the U.S. must have their educational transcripts translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential evaluation services. Applicants must also have a minimum of one year of ICU experience in the U.S. and at least one science course completed in the U.S.

Transfer credit

Transfer credits are not accepted.

More information

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