Admission Requirements

The admission requirements* are as follows:

  • Graduate of an accredited registered nursing (RN) program. 
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or appropriate science degree, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. (Examples of an appropriate science degree include Chemistry, Biology, and Physics). Applicants who have degrees in other areas will be considered based on their academic background and basic science achievement.
  • Undergraduate Research Methods Course.**
  • Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Course (Lab not required). 
  • Completion of the Graduate Records Examination (see their website The AMC Institution Code is 2947. Scores that are equal to or greater than 150 in the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 in the analytical section will make the application more competitive. 
  • Minimum of one year (two years preferred) recent (within five years) experience as a registered professional nurse (RN) in a critical care area.***
  • CCRN Certification.
  • Verification of initial and current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in the United States.
  • Verification of current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications.
  • Three professional recommendations: one from a current shift supervisor/charge nurse, one from a recent professor, and one from your current nurse manager. The recommendations are to be forwarded directly to the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology office from the recommender (this form is located on our website).
  • All official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) must be forwarded directly to the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology office from the institution.
  • Center for Nurse Anesthesiology Professional Credentialing form (this form is located our website).
  • 500-word statement (part of online application).
  • Completed online application.
  • An application fee of $100.**** 
  • Personal interview.

 *Requirements are subject to change in accordance with the criteria set forth by the  Council on Accreditation  of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Albany Medical College.

**Research methods are defined as follows: The purpose of research methods is to demonstrate an understanding of the purpose or research. Research is the application of the scientific method to solving real world problems. Specifically, research methods provide models for the appropriate collection, organization, and analysis of unbiased data for decision making, replication, and contribution to the greater scientific knowledge base. Students should be able to understand quantitative and qualitative research methods, and be able to analyze and critique them accordingly. A research course should cover the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobstrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and writing a research paper. It should also include the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including the idea of validity in research, reliability of measures; and ethics.

***A critical care area is defined as one where, on a daily basis, the registered professional nurse manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as Swan-Ganz; CVP; arterial; intra-aortic monitors), ventilators, and vasoactive drips (such as levophed; epinephrine; dobutamine; cardene; nitroglycerine). The critical care areas, in order of preference, include the following: Surgical Intensive Care, Post-Open Heart, Coronary Care, Medical Intensive Care, Post-Anesthesia, and Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas will be considered provided they can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

***All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

You will be contacted once we have received all required documentation for this application.

After assessment of your completed application, you will be notified if you are eligible for an interview. Please note fulfilling the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the nurse anesthesiology program.