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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

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

Admission requirements


Up to 26 students are accepted on a competitive basis each year for the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.


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 (please note, the GRE is optional for the 2020 application cycle).
  • 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

Acceptance factors and criteria

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

  • 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 (please note, the GRE is optional for the 2020 application cycle)
  • 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.

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

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. nationals
  • Lawful permanent residents
  • Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing ServiceThe Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784. 

Applicants from outside the U.S. must have their educational transcripts translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. 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 policy

Please note, transfer credits are not accepted.

More information

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

Application process

Application timeline

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May 1-Aug. 1 Online application 

The online application opens on May 1 the year prior to enrollment. Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted and postmarked no later than Aug. 1.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section 
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • Nursing licenses and CCRN certifications.
  • In one document, include your CV/resume and a statement addressing the following question. Upload it in the Supplemental Items section.

Graduate school is often one of the greatest challenges that an individual may experience. Describe what has thus far been the biggest personal challenge in your life, and outline the strategies you employed to overcome it. What were the factors that served as support and how did you compensate for any personal weaknesses you identified or encountered?

  • Answer the essay questions in 500 words or less and upload them in the Supplemental Items section.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended must be sent from the institution directly to:

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
Siebens 10-12
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

  • The GRE is optional for the 2020 application cycle. Upload results of the GRE test in the Supplemental Items section.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
    • Academic: One of your college instructors
    • Professional: A physician who knows your ICU capabilities (not a resident or fellow)
    • Professional: Your current nurse manager

Interview process

If you are considered for acceptance, you are 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.

Interviews are held in the fall. Final candidates for the program are selected after all interviews are completed.


Acceptance letters are mailed by November. Payment of a $250 (subject to change) nonrefundable slot-retention fee is required upon acceptance into the program.

Classes begin in mid-July. The traditional program is completed 42 months later in mid-January.