Admission Requirements

Barry University offers a three-credit online class designed to meet the admission requirement for a recent chemistry course*. This course, ANE 695-Transition into Anesthesiology, also reviews key critical care nursing concepts and provides suggestions for successfully transitioning into a graduate program for nurse anesthetists. Since the course is self-paced, there is no specific class time. It is offered every semester (spring-summer-fall). For information on how to register for this course, please e-mail or call 305-899-3230.

* Note that this course does not meet the chemistry laboratory requirement. You must have taken a college chemistry laboratory in your academic career. The five-year requirement that applies to a recent chemistry course does not apply to the lab.

Application requirements reflect the criteria for admission set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and Barry University. Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of high promise for program completion and academic success in graduate education. These include:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly to Barry University's Health Sciences Admissions Office. Satisfactory completion of coursework in nursing, the physical sciences and humanities should be demonstrated.
  • Graduation from an accredited Nursing Program and a current, unrestricted license as a professional registered nurse in the United States. Out-of-state applicants must be eligible for endorsement by the Florida Board of Nursing. An unrestricted Florida license must be received prior to starting the Program and maintained throughout enrollment in the Program.
  • A minimum of one year, full-time clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting within the last 3 years. Clinical experience should be direct hands-on patient care. The "critical care setting" is not limited to a specific work area. However, the complexity of the patient population's health problems should routinely require non-invasive and invasive monitoring, continuous pharmacologic infusions and mechanical ventilation. The CCRN credential serves as evidence of required knowledge and experience, and is required for admission.
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS); Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and; Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) from an American Heart Association approved provider.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Deference is given to the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants with a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university will have their graduate GPA included for admissions consideration.
  • Official satisfactory scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application. GRE scores are evaluated in the context of the overall application package submitted by the applicant.
  • Successful completion (grade B or better) of one college chemistry course with a laboratory component. The course (not the laboratory component) must have been taken within five years of beginning the Program (organic chemistry or bio-chemistry preferred). Introduction to Chemistry and Survey to Chemistry courses are not accepted. In addition, one previous additional science/mathematics course with a grade B or better is also required (examples include: anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physics, genetics, statistics, algebra).
  • Two references from health care professionals who are knowledgeable of the applicant's academic potential and clinical aptitude.
  • Personal statement addressing the following:
    • a clear statement of your goals and expectations for entering the program;
    • your understanding of the role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (applicants are encouraged to shadow a CRNA)
    • include at least one article supporting your understanding of the role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, cited according to APA Format standards
  • Attendance at a personal interview at the invitation of the Program's Admission Committee. This interview is required for admission.
  • Applicants who do not give evidence of being native English speakers, or who have not graduated from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are required to submit a minimum score 550 on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL may be waived for applicants with a minimum of 24 college level academic units earned from an institution in which English is the basis of instruction and classroom interaction
  • Applicants may be required to fulfill specific prerequisites or other conditions of admission prior to an admission decision.

Admission is on a competitive basis for a limited number of positions. As a result, applicants may meet minimum admission requirements, but may not be selected for a personal interview or admission.

Applicants at the time of interview must be prepared to affirm that they have financial resources and/or planning sufficient to complete the program of study without reliance on outside employment (See Graduate Catalog section for Tuition and Fees). Applicants are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid to investigate funding options at the time they are considering submission of their application package.

All applicants must affirm and attest to sound physical health, emotional stability, and personal integrity that will enable them to successfully complete the educational program and to comply with criteria for nursing licensure and adherence to American Association of Nurse Anesthetist's professional codes of conduct and practice. Applicants must affirm and attest that they are free of addiction to substances of abuse, are not restricted in their practice of nursing or under investigation by any Board of Nursing, and are willing to adhere to Drug Free Workplace policies and procedures of affiliate clinical training sites, to include submission to randomized drug testing and/or testing for cause and upon Program demand.