Admission is limited and very competitive, the number of applicants surpasses the number of admission seats. The applicant is responsible for compiling and submitting the completed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants must meet Keiser University Graduate School Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
Applicants must be a Registered Nurse with completion of a:
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program
- Non-nursing Baccalaureate degree may be considered on a case by case basis
- A preferred grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. An emphasis is placed on science course work. Applicants with a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university will have their graduate and undergraduate GPA included for admissions consideration.
- A completed application to Keiser University
- Application fee to be submitted at time of application
Three letters of recommendation from:
- One must be from the applicant’s current clinical supervisor
- One preferred recommendation attesting to academic work
- One recommendation must be from individuals who can assess the applicant’s performance and level of clinical expertise in an acute care setting
- Current Resume
- A minimum of 40 hours required shadowing an anesthesia provider, preferable a CRNA.
A personal statement letter (three pages, excluding cover and references) addressing the following:
- A clear statement of your goals and expectations for entering the program
- Your understanding of the role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (applicants are encouraged to shadow a CRNA)
- Include at least one article supporting your understanding of the role of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, cited according to current APA Format standards
- Current and unrestricted (clear/active) license as a Registered Nurse in one of the states, or one of the protectorates of the United States, with eligibility for Florida R.N. licensure, which must be obtained prior to admission.
Completion of required undergraduate coursework and official transcripts from all academic institutions attended. If prerequisite science coursework is more than 10 years old, repeating or supplementing with a refresher course at the undergraduate level is highly recommended. An overall science GPA of 3.0 is preferred. that indicate successful completion (preferred B or better) in:
- Statistics course
- Undergraduate Health Assessment course
- Two Anatomy and Physiology courses
- Two different Chemistry courses (one with laboratory component) A chemistry lecture and lab. Successful completion (grade B or better) of one college chemistry course with a laboratory component. The course (not the laboratory component) must have been taken within five years of beginning the Program (organic chemistry or bio-chemistry preferred). Introduction to Chemistry and Survey to Chemistry courses are not accepted.
An applicant who is from a country where American English is not the primary language or whose bachelor degree is not from an accredited US institution, must submit a minimum:
- TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test)
- Evaluation of bachelor’s degree by a recognized U.S. evaluation service attesting to the fact that the degree is equivalent to that required for admission to the program
- Minimum of one-year experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care area; experience is preferred in the areas of ICU, CCU, Trauma ICU, Neuro ICU and CVRU.
- Students must have American Heart Association BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications that are current please provide copies to Keiser University.
- Driver’s license copy- Current, valid unrestricted driver’s license from one jurisdiction of the United States
- Acceptable background check
Qualified applicants are not guaranteed an interview. Admissions interviews are by invitation, with approval of the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee.
Deferral for Admission
An applicant may request a deferral to a future class up to one year after initial application with no further application fee. The applicant must specify their request in writing and must update their application packet as designated by the Admissions Committee.
Deferral Once Admitted into the Program
Once admitted into the program, the student may not defer. If the student does not come into the program, they will need to reapply and re-interview for the program. At this point, the student will be treated as a re-applicant.
Admission Health Status
Prior to enrollment, each student must show proof of current physical status to include:
- Current Hepatitis B, MMR, and Varicella vaccine status and titers.
- Current Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) / Tuberculosis (TB) test status. If the student presents with a positive PPD/TB test, the student must show proof of no active disease by x-ray prior to admission.
- All students must have an annual PPD/TB Test and provide that documentation to the Program.
If positive for the first time, the student must have documentation by a physician that the student does not have active TB before they will be allowed to continue in the clinical area.
If the student was positive upon enrollment, the student will complete a health (cough) questionnaire every year and have a chest x-ray taken if symptomatic. Keiser University students are subject to and must adhere to polices established by the clinical affiliate sites.
TB tests are not to be read by Keiser University clinical preceptors, faculty, students, or family members.
Additional Qualifications for Student Admission, Progression, and Graduation
Although this is not an all-inclusive list, Keiser University believes the following qualifications represent some of the reasonable physical and intellectual requirements necessary to perform safely in both the educational program and profession of nurse anesthesia:
Observation and Communication
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients of all ages, family members, and other members on the health care team in written and spoken English.
- Ability to process large amounts of information and activity in the operating room using visual, auditory, tactile, and other sensory cues to monitor and plan patient care.
- Ability to audibly distinguish the changes of pitch and tone of patient monitor devices and alarms.
- Display fine motor skills, coordinating touch and vision, necessary to complete complex tasks such as cannulation of veins and arteries, performance of regional anesthesia and direct laryngoscopy etc.
- Demonstrate strength and ability to assist safe transfer of patient.
- Stamina to stand or sit for extended periods of times.
- Respond quickly to changes in patient condition and participate in intervention, including but not limited to cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and emergency transportation.
- Possess foundational knowledge and ability to complete complex mathematical calculations without the use of electronic assistance.
- Skill to read and retain large amounts of information and draw from this information to critically analyze and problem solve.
- Ability to distinguish standard patient responses from non-standard responses and plan interventions accordingly using critical thinking. Also possess judgment to know when to call for assistance from other members of healthcare team.
- Exhibit professional and appropriate behavior when interacting with patients, all members of the healthcare team, and the general public.
- Maintain professionalism and confidentiality when dealing with patient issues, adhering to HIPAA guidelines.
- Demonstrate flexibility and efficiency while working in a rapidly changing environment.
- Display good judgment and ethical behavior that including honesty, integrity, sensitivity to culture and the person, and adherence to the professional nursing code of ethics.
Health and Malpractice Insurance
Keiser University requires that all students enrolled in the Nurse Anesthesia Program must participate in the accident & health insurance program sponsored by the university, unless proof of comparable coverage is documented each year.
Please review your current coverage to be sure you are adequately covered. For those having adequate coverage, you will need to waive out of the Keiser University Student Health Plan. Many students have insurance coverage under their parent's or spouse's plan. If that plan is a managed care type plan, providing benefits through certain network providers, the student should determine what benefits will be available in the vicinity of the school.
The health insurance information can be accessed at: http://www.insuranceforstudents.com/kunaples
Keiser University will facilitate Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s (SRNA) purchase of medical malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/ $6,000,000 (per occurrence/aggregate) prior to their clinical practicum assignment. The medical malpractice insurance must be kept active for the duration of the program.
Criminal Background Check:
Criminal background checks will be conducted before, during and after matriculation. The university reserves the right to deny an application. Additionally, should the student become involved in criminal activity after program acceptance, in which the initial criminal background clearance status becomes compromised, the student will be withdrawn from the program. The program and the university will not modify the curriculum for students who have an unsatisfactory criminal background status.
All students must complete both a criminal background and drug screen checks. A student may encounter potential problems with completing clinical practice placements and/or obtaining licensure and certification if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Board of Nursing through its website. If a student has a criminal record, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire with the Board of Nursing and certification/credentialing body as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure and/or certification or to practice in certain settings. Additionally, students must disclose any criminal record /prior arrest to the admissions committee. The criminal record may disqualify an applicant for admissions.
Health and background / Drug screening
All applicants must affirm and attest to sound physical health, emotional stability, and personal integrity that will enable them to successfully complete the educational program and to comply with criteria for nursing licensure and adherence to American Association of Nurse Anesthetist's professional codes of conduct and practice. Applicants must affirm and attest that they are free of addiction to substances of abuse, are not restricted in their practice of nursing or under investigation by any Board of Nursing, and are willing to adhere to Drug Free Workplace policies and procedures of affiliate clinical training sites, to include submission to randomized drug testing and/or testing for cause and upon Program demand.
Students should notify Keiser University of any change in health status, if it may inhibit his/her ability, to participate in the program.
Many drugs alter one’s physical and mental status, and optimal physical and mental status is crucial during the provision of anesthesia. Students may be screened for drugs and alcohol at any time they are committed to either clinical or classroom assignments. All students involved in medication errors and narcotic discrepancies will be required to submit to a drug screen at their own expense. Students should be aware that if they are found to test positive for any prohibited substance or for alcohol, they may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the Program Director. All students must be aware that taking any drug may impair the ability to safely participate in their education, including the safe administration of anesthesia in the clinical environment.