Frequently Asked Questions
What courses will best prepare me for the program?
What is considered critical care experience, and how much is required?
- Courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry will strengthen your foundation and enhance the competitiveness of your application.
Does the admission process include an interview?
- At least one year of critical care experience is required for program admission. We evaluate every applicant individually, but prefer ones who have experience in hemodynamic monitoring (CVP, arterial lines, PAP, continuous ECG), management of patients with ventilators, and vasopressors. Most of these experiences can be obtained in Cardiothoracic ICU, Surgical ICU, Trauma ICU and Medical ICU. Emergency Department experience is accepted, but must be from a Level 1 Trauma facility. Students with pediatric or neonatal ICU experience have been accepted to the program and have easily adjusted to providing care to adult patients.
Is there a waiting list for admission?
- After all applicants are screened, the most qualified will be invited for an interview. Meeting the minimum requirements for application does not guarantee you an interview. The interviews usually occur in June of every year.
What is a competitive GRE score? What is the minimum?
- No, though applicants who are not granted admission may reapply the following year.
Must I have an undergraduate degree in nursing to apply for the program?
- A competitive Graduate Record Examination score is 500 verbal, 500 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing. A minimum of 900 on the Graduate Record Examination is acceptable.
Can I apply for admission if I am enrolled in a degree completion program and scheduled to finish my BSN after the application deadline?
- While a BS in nursing is preferred, we also accept applicants who have a BS in a related field and an AS in nursing. Related fields may include biology, chemistry, exercise physiology or respiratory therapy.
If I am not a Florida resident, do I need a Florida nursing license before applying for the program?
- Yes, a registered nurse who is completing their BSN may apply to the program, but the degree must be conferred prior to enrollment.
How many years of nursing experience do accepted applicants usually have?
- An unrestricted Florida license to practice as a registered nurse is an admission criteria and it must remain in good standing during the entire time the student is enrolled in the program. Florida licensure must active before enrollment, but not necessarily at the time of application.
- Applicants are required to have a minimum of 1 year of critical care experience to enter the program. Most applicants have at least 2-3 years of critical care experience.
Can I work during the program?
How many applicants are accepted each year?
- Working during the program is highly discouraged due to the intense nature of the coursework.
What clinical sites does Adventist University use?
- The Nurse Anesthesia Program admits approximately 22 students every year.
How long is the program?
- The anesthesia program provides a variety of clinical experiences to fulfill the requirements for graduation. The nurse anesthesia students will be required to rotate through all of the facilities in order to provide a well rounded clinical experience. The current clinical sites our anesthesia students use include Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Winter Park Memorial Hospital, Florida Hospital East Orlando, and Florida Hospital Altamonte. The nurse anesthesia program continues to pursue other clinical experiences.
Is liability insurance required for my clinical rotations?
- The curriculum requires 28 months of continuous full-time study. A part-time program is not available.
Do you require a capstone project?
- Liability insurance is required and it must be purchased before beginning the clinical practicum. Information about liability insurance is available through the AANA and the information will be provided after enrollment. Costs of liability insurance are the responsibility of the student.
Does the program have a human patient simulator?
- The capstone project is required for graduation from the anesthesia program. This project will contribute to you professionally as well as the anesthesia profession. Examples of capstone projects include scholarly papers submitted for publication, teaching projects, original research, participation on research teams, etc. The project can be done alone or students may work with other students, faculty, or clinical preceptors.
Is the nurse anesthesia program accredited?
- The ADU Nurse Anesthesia program has two human patient simulators. The human patient simulation lab has one adult and one child simulator. The simulators provide a variety of experiences ranging from anesthetizing, intubating, resuscitating and giving anesthesia drugs. The anesthesia lab also contains fully operational anesthesia machines, fiberoptic bronchoscopy simulator, epidural injection simulator, spinal injection simulator, ultrasound for guiding central catheter placement, and various airway management trainers.
Do you require a student portfolio?
- Yes, the Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001; phone: 847-655-1160. The COA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. Adventist University of Health Sciences is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the College.
Are students required to take call?
- Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program are required to complete a portfolio chronicling experiences accrued during the entire 28 months of the program. The portfolio will showcase each student’s professional achievements. The portfolio also documents that requirements have been met for graduation.
Is a final program examination required?
- Yes. Call experience involves all “off” shifts and these include 3p-11p, 11p-7a, and weekends. A qualified anesthesia provider is always available to supervise students when they are “on call”.
- Yes, a final comprehensive program examination is administered in the last didactic course, MSNA 637. This exam is given by computer and designed to prepare students for the computer adaptive national certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA).