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Nurse Anesthesia Program Admission

Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program is considered on a competitive basis for prospective students who are registered nurses and hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Applications received are reviewed by the Office of Admissions for completeness and referred to the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program or the Admissions Committee Chair of the Nurse Anesthesia Program to determine applicant eligibility for an interview. Acceptance into the Nurse Anesthesia Program is determined by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee transmits recommendations to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. The CHS Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of their admissions status. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the maximum enrollment for the Program is reached.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Midwestern University, students must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Minimum science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Courses included in the calculation of the science GPA include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology courses.
  3. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Satisfactory completion (grades of C or better) of all prerequisite coursework prior to application (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  5. Licensure to practice as a registered nurse: an unrestricted license to practice in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States or its territories. The applicant possesses no previous sanctions or restrictions on the RN license.
  6. Minimum of one year of critical care registered nursing experience prior to application. Critical care experience includes all types of Adult ICU, Pediatric ICU, Emergency Room, and PACU. Neonatal intensive care unit experience does not meet this requirement. Experience should include management of mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, and vasoactive medication infusions.
  7. Demonstration of sincere understanding of and interest in nurse anesthesia.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with faculty, patients, and colleagues.

Prerequisite courses

Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Anatomy and Physiology 8 12
General Chemistry (1 course) 3 4
*Organic Chemistry is not required but strongly recommended
*Biochemistry is not required but strongly recommended

International Applicants

International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.

Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction or documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE): 414/289-3400 or Fax 414/289-3411 ( , e-mail: )
  • Josef Silny & Associates International Education Consultants: 305/273-1616 or Fax 305/273-1338 or visit
  • World Education Service (WES): 212/966-6311 or Fax 212/739-6100 (, e-mail:

International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.

For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.

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Transfer Students

The Nurse Anesthesia Program may elect to accept transfer students. Transfer students must apply to the program and if qualified, must participate in an admissions interview. In addition, a letter from a student's former program director must accompany the application.

Technical Standards for Admission

A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

I. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.

II. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.

III. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium, and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks.

IV. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.

V. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment and the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.

Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Dean and Program Director, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College/Program would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College/Program is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.

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Application Process and Deadlines

To be considered for admission into the Nurse Anesthesia Program, applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions application packets that include:

  1. A completed online application.
  2. A nonrefundable, non-waivable application fee of $50.
  3. Official transcripts verifying completion of a baccalaureate or higher level degrees in Nursing from regionally accredited programs and satisfactory completion of all prerequisite coursework.
  4. Official final transcripts from all colleges attended post high school must be submitted.

Complete application online and mail supporting documents to:

Midwestern University
Office of Admissions
19555 North 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
888/247-9277 or 623/572-3215

The Nurse Anesthesia Program at Midwestern University uses a rolling admissions process. Completed applications are reviewed and decisions to interview individual candidates are made at regular intervals during the admission cycle. Interviews are conducted and the selection process of each candidate for admission is made until the class is filled. Typically, a class is filled by mid-December so applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications submitted by July 1st. Applicants are notified of their selection status within two weeks after their interview date.

PLEASE NOTE: The receipt of the application materials and the status of the file can be tracked on the University's web site. Upon receipt of the application the Office of Admissions will send instructions for accessing your account information. Please notify Midwestern University of any changes to your mailing address and e-mail address. All requests for withdrawing an application must be done in writing.

Matriculation Process

The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process students must:

  1. Submit the matriculation agreement and required deposit monies by the date designated in the matriculation agreement. Deposits are applied toward the first quarter's tuition.
  2. Submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the first day of classes. Students who are accepted to MWU less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College. Students who fail to submit all official final transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College.
  3. Submit completed medical files documenting completion of a physical exam, immunizations, tuberculosis and titer blood testing as instructed by the Office of Student Services and detailed in the Student Handbook.
  4. Meet the Technical Standards for the Program.
  5. Submit proof of medical and disability insurance coverage. Students may select either a plan offered by an MWU-approved carrier or a comparable plan offered by an outside carrier of their choice, as determined by the Office of Student Services. Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire period of enrollment.
  6. Submit additional documents as required by the Office of Admissions or college
  7. Students who are requesting an I-20 visa or who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must prepay tuition and in some cases other mandatory program fees for the entire length of their program at Midwestern University.
  8. Submit a signed Credit Policy Statement
  9. Authorize and pass the MWU criminal background check and/or fingerprinting background check as required by the specific college/school/program.
  10. Submit a signed MWU Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy Statement.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year for all enrolled students. Click here for the current Glendale Tuition and Fees.

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