The nurse anesthesia program is a 28-month, 82-credit course of study that awards a Master of Science in Nursing degree. It prepares you to sit for the nurse anesthesia national certification examination. Upon receiving certification, you will be prepared to work as a nurse anesthetist with a full scope of practice.
The nurse anesthesia program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160, http://home.coa.us.com. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2025.
The program also offers a B.S.N. to M.S.N. option for the experienced CRNA wishing to obtain an M.S.N. degree. To apply, you must have at least two years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience within the last five years. This flexible program is tailored for the working professional and is offered completely online with minimal on-campus attendance.
*Experience in these specialty categories is often hard to come by, but you'll find far more opportunities in our program.
Our 2015 pass rate for first-time test takers of the National Certification Exam is 96%, while the 2014 national average is 87.8%. Our five-year average pass rate for first-time test takers of the National Certification Exam is 96.5%.
In 2015, 100% of our graduating class were employed within six months of graduation. Our five-year average of graduate employment is 99.1%.
The attrition rate for the class of 2015 was 4.17%.
Entry Month: JanuaryNursingCAS Deadline: May 12016 Interview and Admission Decision Dates: TBA
You apply to the nurse anesthesia program directly through NursingCAS. You will find an instructional video and detailed information about NursingCAS at: www.nursingcas.org.
We consider applications on a competitive basis. We base our decisions on grade point averages (total, science/math, graduate, last 60 credits), GRE scores, letters of recommendations, personal interview and duration and type of work experience. If you have questions, please contact Allyson Maddox, Director of Graduate Student Services, 726.2047 or email@example.com.
The following steps outline the application process for the nurse anesthesia program. You are required to submit both an application through the nursing centralized application process (NursingCAS) and a supplemental application form.
Before beginning these applications, we recommended that you complete the following checklist:
The nurse anesthesia program is a 28-month program requiring 82 credit hours.
Download the plan of study.
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Samford University's Institution Code is 1302 and our Department Code is 0610.
Yes, retake the GRE if it is more than five years old. Official scores must be sent directly from GRE to Samford University (not a student's copy).
In some cases, yes. Please call Allyson Maddox, Director of Graduate Student Services, at 205-726-2047, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, all applicants must take the GRE.
No, the MAT is not accepted.
GRE recommends that applicants allow 6 weeks.
Please provide either a course description that states research was incorporated into the course or a letter from an advisor or faculty member indicating which course included research.
GPAs are calculated four ways. There is a cumulative calculation, in which all undergraduate college credits are included. The last 60 credits, science and math courses, and graduate courses are also calculated. If a course is taken twice, both grades are included. Grades are not weighted according to pluses and minuses. One individual calculates all the GPAs so there is one standard applied to all applicants.
No, Critical Care experience is credited as years working as a Registered Nurse.
Yes, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.
Yes, however, the degree must be conferred before the application deadline.
Yes, provided the program is from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution.
The form is required.
The three required recommendations are:One academicOne immediate supervisorOne professional colleagueApplicants who have been out of school for some time may find it difficult to obtain a meaningful academic reference. An additional reference from a professional colleague is acceptable.
Yes, an official transcript must be submitted from all universities attended.
When admission is accepted, there is a required, non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. It is applied entirely to the student's first term tuition. Graduate student tuition and fees.
We are a private university and do not receive government funding. When comparing tuition, keep the following facts in mind:We admit approximately 24 students per class and admit one class per year. Each student is afforded the faculty attention necessary to be successful.There are three full time and three part-time members dedicated to serving our nurse anesthesia students. Educating future CRNAs is their primary responsibility. Our students agree that the tuition is well worth the expert instruction and attention they receive.
Samford does not have out-of-state tuition. All students are charged the same tuition. Our standard tuition for nurse anesthesia is usually less than out-of-state tuition charged by state universities.
No. This is a full time program.
This is a seven-semester program.
A Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia
No, we do not offer courses online. Some courses have an online component, but applicants should plan on being full time students.
A 2008 graduate of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, was called to help provide needed care to vulnerable children around the world.