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

Admission requirements


Up to 30 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 two years of acceptable clinical experience as an R.N. in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting by the time of program start.
  • 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:

  • Cognitive factors:
    • Overall academic performance
    • Demonstrated ability in science courses
  • Non-cognitive factors:
    • Essay questions
    • 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 or advanced practice provider, and academic instructor)
  • GRE scores (please note, the GRE is optional for the 2021 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 15-July 1 Online application 

The online application opens on May 15 the year prior to enrollment. Your application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than July 1.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply through the Nursing CAS* System:

  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. Follow the instructions in the Nursing CAS system
  3. Complete each section of the application and submit

*Please note: Nursing CAS collects data from you; like any electronic system, a data breach is inherently possible. By sharing your data, you are acknowledging that you are aware of this possibility and accept the risk.

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 admissions committee.

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.