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Nurse Anesthesia Track FAQ
Q. Is the program accredited?
A. Yes, The University of North Dakota Nurse Anesthesia Track is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Program (COA) through 2021.You can contact them at the following address.
222 S. Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone (847) 655-1160
Q. What do you accept for "Critical Care Experience"?
A. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Unit (TICU/NICU)The purpose of this requirement is for the applicant to have experience caring for critically ill patients with multi-system involvement. Students must have independent decision-making skills, be capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques, and have knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles. Emergency Room experience is not considered "critical care" due to the relatively short duration of individual patient care, although it is considered helpful in forming a well-rounded practitioner. All nursing experience is valuable. A minimum of one-year full-time critical care experience is required, two or more years is preferred.
Q. I have my Bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. Can I apply for admission to the program?
A. No. As our program leads to a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, all applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in the area of nursing. 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 October 1. If you are interested in learning more about the University of North Dakota RN-BSN program click here.
Q. How many applicants do you have each year?
A. We receive between 60-80 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.
Q. Are all applicants invited for interviews?
A. 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.
Q. What can I expect during the interview?
A. 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.
Q. How many students are admitted to the program each year?
A. We currently admit twelve (12) students per academic year to the program.
Q. How many of the 12 admitted students graduate each year?
A. The UND nurse anesthesia track has had a 98.5% graduation rate since 2000. We expect all 24 students currently enrolled in the program to finish successfully.
Q. What is the certification pass rate?
A. The certification pass rate for the past 5 years is 90.2%. The certification pass rate for the past 8 years is 94%.
Q. What is your employment rate?
A. 100% of our graduates over the past 5 years have found employment within 6 months of graduation.
Q. If I am admitted, can I start taking classes before the program actually begins?
A. Yes. You will first need to fill out a separate Graduate School Application and apply under general nursing. This will allow you to start taking any of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (non-anesthesia) core courses listed for the first academic year. The program has a 28-month duration regardless of the number of courses taken early, but taking any of these early will lighten your workload duringÂ the academic phase. The program begins in late August and is completed in December, 28 months later.
Q. How do I apply to the nurse anesthesia track?
A. The application can be accessed and submitted to the UND Graduate School at http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/ or find the link on our Admission & Application link above. Please note the application deadline is October 1st.
Q. Who do I contact within the nurse anesthesia track for more information?
A. Call us toll free at 1-800-CALL-UND (1-800-225-5863). Calls can be transferred to the nurse anesthesia track or you can call us directly by the calling the Program Director at 701-777-4545.
Q. How many letters of recommendation are required?
A. Three letters of recommendation are required for admission to the graduate school. At least one of these letters of recommendation should be from your current, direct supervisor.
Q. Are there specific forms to use for recommendations?
A. 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.
Q. How long is the program?
A. The program is currently twenty-eight (28) months in length, beginning in late August and finishing in December, 28 months later. Please see the Curriculum link for further information.
Q. Will I have to travel during the program?
A. 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 assignments.
Q. How can I fulfill the College Algebra requirement?
A. You can fulfill the requirement by taking College Algebra or higher level math course (pending course approval), or if you scored a 26 or higher on the math portion of the ACT exam you may be considered exempt from taking the course. The University also offers a math placement exam that may allow you to waive this requirement. Information on the math placement exam may be found at http://www.und.edu/dept/math/ptpinfo.html.
Q. What about the Biochemisty requirement?
A. The completion of an upper division (300 level or higher) Biochemistry course at an accredited university or college is required prior to admission to the nurse anesthesia program. This required course can be taken in the classroom or on-line. If you are interested in an on-line biochemistry course, we recommend the University of New England Medical Biochemistry course (DPPP-368). The website is http://distance.und.edu.