Virginia Commonwealth University


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The Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia admits approximately 24-26 students annually starting in mid August, the Fall semester. Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing/related science
- Current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Virginia (by completion of the first semester)
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (preferred)
- Upper division undergraduate organic chemistry course or a web-based medicinal chemistry prep course offered through Department of VCU's Department of Chemistry. [contact (804) 828-9808] Registration form
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within 5 years of application
- A minimum of one year's experience in an area of acute/critical care nursing (recent).
- Personal interview with members of the Admissions Committee (by invitation)
- Three professional references (One must be from the immediate supervisor who is responsible for your performance evaluations with contact phone number attached)

Review of Applications is ongoing, however preference is given to applications reviewed by Oct 1.

Department of Nurse Anesthesia Technical Standards for All Applicants

Graduate Schools application, to submitted on-line to VCU Graduate School. An Application Addendum form is available to be completed by the apllicant, and sent directly to the department via US Mail or email to:

For more program information email us at:
*This email address is for supplemental information only, any other program communications should be directed to faculty or staff.
(Supplemental information will be sent by regular US mail)

Admission to the Ph.D Program is through the School of Allied Health Professions (804) 828-7247.

Foreign Student Information

This information is provided only as a guide for prospective foreign students seeking enrollment into the Virginia Commonwealth Department of Nurse Anesthesia. Students must address each of the following areas before they successfully enrolling as a foreign student:

1. Immigration Status
In order to enter the United States students must determine how they will legally enter and stay in the country. There are many different types of visa's, residency permits and applications for citizenship available. However, all applications must be processed through the United States Immigration and Naturalization Office (INS). Contact your closest INS Office to find out which visa permit fits your circumstance. The Washington, DC branch services the Richmond, Virginia area and can be contacted at:
  U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
4420 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Be advised that currently applications for permanent residency status (Green Card) are currently taking up to 2 years to process. Additionally, you must be a permanent resident for 5 years before you can apply for citizenship. Use your discretion if you plan to use an immigration lawyer for assistance.

2. State Licensure
Students must have an active and valid RN licenses to practice in the State they plan to attend school. The Virginia Board of Nursing can be contacted at:
  Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing
6606 West Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
Most US States require RN's to take the NCLEX examination. Some States may still offer reciprocity with the Canadian equivalent CNAT exam, however it is in your best interest if you plan to stay in the US long term to write the NCLEX exam. Additionally, in 1996 the US government legislated that all foreign health-care workers (other than physicians) are required to complete a certification program in order to enter the United States. Information on this process can be obtained from:
  Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-2651

3. School Requirements
Along with the academic requirements to be accepted to a program of nurse anesthesia, the institution (i.e. VCU) has regulations governing the enrollment of foreign students. These regulations can often be bypassed if you have obtained permanent US residency status or citizenship. Contact the VCU center for international programs at:
  Center for International Programs
International Admissions
916 West Franklin Street
PO Box 843043
Richmond, VA 23284-3043

General information and Suggestions
Please be well advised that your immigration, licensing, financial and personal affairs need to be in order well before you enroll in classes. The academic and clinical requirements of the program are very demanding and do not permit for time to take care of these proceedings. For further information on Financial Aide, please see the VCU Financial Aide Web Site.
Prospective students should be aware that Canada currently does not officially have nurse anesthetists practicing in Canada. Therefore, students who want to enroll in a program and feel they will practice in the same capacity in Canada need to reevaluate their goals and motivation.

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