VCU Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2018

New Student Orientation, Class of 2018


The entry-to-practice Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (etpDNAP) option was approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) at their June 2016 meeting. The program will admit one cohort of graduate students annually in January. 


All candidates must submit an online application to the VCU Graduate School. Beginning in 2017, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 14, 11:59 pm (EST) for consideration for matriculation in January of the following year. For example, the deadline for receipt of all application materials in order to be considered for entry in January 2019 is March 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST). 


In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, etpDNAP program applicants must present the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related science

  2. Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered professional nurse in the United States and eligibility to obtain a registered professional nursing license in Virginia (prior to completion of the third semester)

  3. Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (preferred)

  4. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination within five years of application

  5. minimum of one-year full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting

  6. Personal interview with members of the Admissions Committee (by invitation)

  7. Three professional references (one of which must be from the immediate supervisor responsible for performance evaluations, including his or her contact number)


When completing the online VCU Graduate School application, select the following on the Intended Program of Study page:


Entry Term:  Spring 2019 entry term is not yet available to select from the drop-down menu; select either "Fall 2017" or "Spring 2018" for entry term and we will manually re-route your application to Spring 2019, the next available entry term.


Intended Program of Study:  Select "Nurse Anesthesia Practice - DNAP" 


Admissions Timeline

Date for Receipt of all Application Material:  March 14, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Interview Notifications:  April 2018

Interviews:  April and May 2018

Admission Decisions:  June 2018



Email or call (804) 828-9808. 


International Students

Prospective international students are encouraged to review the VCU Global Education Office website ( or contact an Immigrations Advisor:

Virginia Commonwealth University Immigrations Advising

817 West Franklin Street, Room 221

Phone: (804) 828-0595



Prospective students should be aware that other countries, such as Canada, do not utilize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the same capacity as in the United States.  Students who want to enroll in the program and wish to practice outside the United States are encouraged to research applicable laws and regulations prior to applying to the Nurse Anesthesia Program.


In addition to the university requirements for admission of international students, prospective students must address each of the following areas in order to enroll in the nurse anesthesia program:


1. Licensure


Students must have an active and valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state in which they plan to attend school. The Virginia Board of Nursing can be contacted at:

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing

Perimeter Center

9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300

Henrico, VA 23233-1463

Phone:(804) 367-4515

Fax:(804) 527-4455


2. Critical Care Nursing Experience

In order to meet the minimum requirements for admission, the applicant’s critical care nursing experience must be in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States, per the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

General Information and Suggestions

Please be advised that all immigration, immunization, licensing, financial and personal issues need to be in order well before enrollment. The academic and clinical requirements of the program are very demanding and do not allow time to take care of these potentially complex matters.


For more information on financial aid, please contact the VCU Financial Aid Office:


Harris Hall

1015 Floyd Ave., 1st Floor

P.O. Box 843026

Richmond, VA 23284

Phone: (804) 828-6669