Application Process


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.

How to apply

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

Application opens on May 1, the year prior to enrollment.

Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted and postmarked no later than July 1. Send supporting documentation via trackable shipping (for example, FedEx or UPS) for admission to the classes beginning in July of the following year.

Please follow the below directions as you complete your application

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → select School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → select Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → select Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
    • For Start Date → choose date of program
    • For Entry Term → select term available  
  • On the My Account page:                                  
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select start an application
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
    • Click, 'Continue with Application Selected Above'
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select, 'Start a New Full Application'

2. Online application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want on the left.

  • Program of interest
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete reapplying and education completed questions
  • Personal information
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now
  • Demographic data
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education
    • Add education (do not include high school information)
  • Employment
    • Add work experience
  • Standardized testing
    • Please enter your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • If you have or will be taking the GRE, please send an official copy of your scores to:

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

      Please note, Mayo Clinic's GRE code is 5784

  • Professional licensing and registration
    • Please list your nursing licenses and CCRN certifications
  • Essay
    • Please answer the questions found within the application in 500 words or less.
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3.  Complete the recommendations/supplemental items. After submitting the application, select 'Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s).'

  • CV/Resume/Challenge Statement. In one  document, please include your CV/Resume and a statement addressing the following question: 

    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?

  • Recommendations. Under the recommendation requests, enter email addresses for recommendations. Three complete references are required and should be from the following:

1. Academic reference — professor or ICU nursing education specialist
2. Work-related reference from a physician who knows your ICU capabilities (not a resident or fellow)
3. Reference from your current nurse manager

The recommender will receive an email to complete the recommendation. The recommender should complete the rating scale and attach a letter of reference to the recommendation. Both parts are required in order to consider the recommendation complete.

**If you do not complete the supplemental items or recommendations at the time of submission, please visit your 'My Account' page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit transcripts. Send all transcripts via trackable shipping (for example, FedEx or UPS) to:

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


If you are considered for an appointment, 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.


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