Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Feb. 1 for the following spring semester. Application materials postmarked after the application deadline will not be considered. Late application items will not be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Enrollment and Advising Office prior to the deadline to be sure all documents have been received. While the Admissions Committee realizes that applicant cannot submit all application materials themselves, it is the applicant’s responsibility to verify their application is complete and allow time for missing items to be submitted.

The Admissions Committee will invite top applicants to the Clarkson College campus for an interview. Individual interviews for the spring 2022 class will be held May 25-27, 2021 with invitations going out to selected individuals in April. If you are selected for an interview, it is required that you are on campus during one of these dates. Admission to this program is competitive. Meeting all application criteria does not guarantee an interview or admission.


Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission, the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum cumulative college 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for prerequisite coursework:
    • College Mathematics
    • Pharmacology
    • Microbiology
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Chemistry
    • Physical Assessment
  • Provide proof of an current, unencumbered RN license (and APRN license, if applicable) in the United States, its territories or protectorates. License must be effective in the state where clinical practicum or residency experiences will occur. 
  • Applicant must have achieved or be actively involved in the process of achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program. BSN must be completed by start of term.
  • Complete at least one year of recent full-time or part-time equivalent critical care experience (post-ADN or post-BSN) as an RN prior to application to the program. Experience must be within the United States, its territories, or a US military hospital outside of the United States. Acceptable critical care experience includes ICU, CCU, MICU, NICU, PICU or SICU or any critical care experience where candidates demonstrate competence managing unstable patients, invasive monitors, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

The program allows students to remain at home and complete online courses in leadership, policy, etc. in the first two semesters. Please be aware that State Boards of Nursing authorize out-of-state nursing programs to offer online education programs. Please see the Clarkson College State Authorization page for the latest list of states where online education is allowed. If you live in a state where Clarkson College is not authorized, you will need to move to an authorized state or move to Nebraska before taking any online courses. 


Application Process

Step 1: Create an account to start your application.
Step 2: Complete the online application.
Step 3: Submit the following items through application portal:

  • $35 non-refundable application fee made payable to Clarkson College
  • Completed Assessment of Critical Care Skills form
  • Completed Core Performance Standards form
  • Completed Personal Statement
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Photocopies of RN/APRN licenses and other related certifications
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable
  • References using the following forms:
    • Nursing Unit Director/Manager Recommendation form
    • Critical Care Coordinator/Shift Supervisor Recommendation form

Submit official transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from all institutions attended. Please have the following items sent directly to the Clarkson College Enrollment and Advising Office:

  • One official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Official transcript verification of classes in which you are currently enrolled

After Acceptance

Prerequisites for the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia includes one credit hour of GR 798 Essentials of Scholarly Writing and three credit hours of graduate-level statistics prior to enrolling in the program. The statistics course must be the equivalent of GR 847 Applied Statistics offered at Clarkson College. A statistics course taken as part of an undergraduate program or at the undergraduate level will not satisfy this requirement. A statistics course taken with a dual-level designation will only be considered if there is transcript evidence that the course was taken at the graduate level. The student does not need to complete these courses prior to the application deadline.

Provide proof of current certifications in American Heart Association BLS, ACLS and PALS.

Applicants must have mastered a level of computer competency in preparation for successful navigation of the DNP program.

Laptop Hardware Requirements, System Formats & Minimum Specifications

The Nurse Anesthesia program requires all students have a laptop device. The Clarkson College IT department does not support or repair personal computers. The following laptop models are recommended:

  • Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air
  • Microsoft Surface Book, Surface Laptop or Surface Pro with a keyboard (Windows 10S is not supported at this time. Select Windows 10 Home or Pro)

If you purchase or own a laptop different from the models listed above, be sure to review the minimum specification requirements listed at ClarksonCollege.edu/students/laptop-requirements.

Student must have ready access to a scanner, fax and printer.

After a student signs into OneLogin, s/he has access to five free downloads of Office 365, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. The free software is available to all current Clarkson College students.