- Adult-Gerontological NP
- Advanced Public Health Nurse
- Accelerated BSN
- BSN On-campus
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Educator
- PhD in Nursing
- Psychiatric and Mental Health
- RN to BSN
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Community Nutrition
- MS in Nutrition
- Social Work
- MSW Distance Concentration
- MSW On Campus Concentration
- MSW Distance Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the UND Nurse Anesthesia Program transitioned to the post-baccalaureate (entry-level) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Master of Science?
According to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), all Nurse Anesthesia programs in the United States must transition to a doctoral program by 2022. The UND Nurse Anesthesia master’s degree program will be up for reaccreditation in 2021, therefore, all UND Nurse Anesthesia Master of Science degree students must graduate before this time. Furthermore, the UND Nurse Anesthesia Program faculty believe, as innovators in Nurse Anesthesia education, that it’s important to be at the forefront of this transition to the doctoral level.
Once UND begins the post-baccalaureate DNP, will students continue to be admitted to the Master of Science Program?
No. Beginning Fall 2018, students admitted to the Nurse Anesthesia Program will be only enrolled in the post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum. Students enrolled in the current Master of Science program will continue with their program of study and graduate by December 2019.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, The University of North Dakota Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) through 2021.
You can contact them at the following address.
222 S. Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone (847) 655-1160
What do you accept for "Critical Care Experience"?
Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g. pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions.
Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. A minimum of one-year full-time critical care experience is required, two or more years is preferred.
While all nursing experience is valuable and is considered helpful in forming a well-rounded practitioner, we do not accept experience in the following areas to meet the critical care requirement: ER, PACU, Step-Down Units, Cath Lab, Interventional Radiology, or Surgery.
What about the Organic Chemistry I or Biochemistry requirement?
The completion of an Organic Chemistry I or upper division Biochemistry course at an accredited university or college is required prior to admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program. If you have not met this requirement, you may still apply to the program. But the course would need to be completed prior to matriculating in the program. These required courses can be taken either in on-campus or online formats and it does not need to have a laboratory component. These courses are in addition to chemistry courses that are commonly taken as part of an undergraduate BSN or BAN program.
Examples of Biochemistry courses that will satisfy this requirement include (listed alphabetically):
- Lake Region State College – CHEM 260 Elements of Biochemistry (online course)
- Minnesota State University Moorhead – CHEM 400 Biochemistry I (online course)
- North Dakota State University – CHEM 260 Elements of Biochemistry
- University of New England – CHEM 1005 Medical Biochemistry (online course)
- University of North Dakota – BMB 301 Biochemistry
I have my Bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. Can I apply for admission to the program?
No. As our program leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, all applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in the area of nursing (BSN or BAN). If you are working on attaining your Bachelor's degree and will have it completed before the start of the program (i.e., Fall semester), you may apply to the program prior to the deadline of September 1.
How many applicants do you have each year?
We receive approximately 60 applications to our program each year. As the job market remains very strong for CRNA's, we anticipate receiving many applications for each new class of students.
Are all applicants invited for interviews?
No. Admission into our program is competitive. All submitted applications are reviewed by our admissions committee. All aspects of the application are thoroughly evaluated by the committee, including GPA, clinical experience, reference letters, and the personal statement. Interview offers are extended to those applicants the committee feels are most qualified.
What can I expect during the interview?
All interviews are conducted at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. Interviews are usually held in early November. Each interview is approximately 30 minutes, during which the interviewee will meet with several faculty members, clinical coordinators, and program faculty. A lunch will be provided on each of the interview dates to give interviewees the opportunity to meet with current students to ask questions and to gain their perspective on the program.
How many students are admitted to the program each year?
We seek to admit between 12-15 students each year with classes beginning in August.
How many of the admitted students graduate from the program?
As the post baccalaureate DNP Nurse Anesthesia curriculum is a new offering, there is no current data for graduates of this program. However, the UND Nurse Anesthesia Program has had a 98.5% graduation rate since 2000 with minimal attrition.
What is the certification exam (NCE) pass rate?
|Year||Cohort Size Admitted||Completed Program
and Taking NCE
|First Time NCE Pass Rate (%)||Overall NCE Pass Rate (%)|
|NCE = National Certification Examination, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)|
What is your program attrition rate?
The attrition rate for the past 5 years is 0%.
What is your employment rate?
98.3% of our graduates over the past 5 years have found employment within 6 months of graduation.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
Three letters of recommendation are required for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. At least one of these letters of recommendation should be from your current, direct supervisor.
Are there specific forms to use for recommendations?
Yes. Please find the recommendation forms on the Graduate School's Admission Forms web page where there is an electronic or PDF version. A written letter of reference may be used in place of or in addition to the specified form. It is highly recommended that the electronic version is used. Applying by paper may delay your application processing.
How long is the program?
The program is thirty-six (36) months in length, beginning in late August and finishing in August, 36 months later. Please see the Curriculum link for further information.
Will I have to travel during the program?
Yes. The first year of the program is held largely in the classroom on campus at the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. The remainder of the program will require travel to other cities within North Dakota and Minnesota for clinical experiences.
If I am admitted, can I start taking classes before the program actually begins?
Yes. You will first need to fill out a separate UND School of Graduate Studies application and apply as a non-degree student. This will allow you to take up to 9 credits of non-anesthesia core courses including NURS 510 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology I and NURS 511 Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology II. The program has a 36-month duration regardless of the number of courses taken early, but taking any of these early will lighten your workload during the academic phase.
How do I apply to the Nurse Anesthesia Program?
The application can be accessed and submitted to the UND School of Graduate Studies at http://graduateschool.und.edu/ . Please note the application deadline is September 1st .
Who do I contact within the Nurse Anesthesia Program for more information?
College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines Graduate Studies
You can also call us directly by the calling the Program Director at 701.777.4509.