The Council on Accreditation requires that complete a minimum of one year of acute care experience as a registered nurse prior to entry in the nurse anesthesia program. This experience should provide the skills for physical assessment; monitoring of CVP, PWCP, blood gasses, ECG, and ventilators; and I.V. therapy. This experience can be obtained in acute intensive care units or possibly an emergency department. Due to the number of applicants each year, admission into the program becomes quite competitive; most people entering the program have two or more years of acute care experience.
The MMC Nurse Anesthesia class for fall 2013 has been selected. However, applications for the Fall 2014 class are now being accepted. The deadline to complete applications for Fall 2014 is September 15, 2013.
To be accepted/admitted into the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Program, the applicant must meet the following requirements.
|•||Bachelor's degree in nursing or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.|
|•||Graduation from an accredited (NLNAC or CCNE) nursing program.|
|•||Current licensure as an RN.|
|•||Cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.|
|•||Graduate Record Examination(GRE) with minimum scores of 146 on the verbal portion and 140 on the quantitative portion of the Revised General Test (or scores of 400 on both the verbal and quantitative sections for the General Test administered prior to August 2013).|
|•||Minimum of 1 year (2 years preferred), full-time experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting.|
|•||Prerequisite courses: 2 courses in chemistry and 1 course in elementary statistics or epidemiology.|
|•||Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications valid through the end of the first academic semester are required, if admitted to the program (effective 2013).|
|•||Completed health questionnaire, physical exam, and immunization record is required prior to the start of the fall semester, if admitted to the program.|
STEP 1: COMPLETE ONLINE NURSE ANESTHESIA APPLICATION
Complete the online application before mailing the completed admission packet or forwarding materials.
Supporting application materials cannot be processed unless the online application has been completed
and your account established.
STEP 2: APPLICATION PACKET CONTENTS AND CHECKLIST
Submit the following items together in a 9x13 envelope to the Nurse Anesthesia Program Office in Sioux Falls, SD.
❏ Completed checklist
❏ $35 non-refundable application fee made payable to Mount Marty College
❏ Supplemental Forms
|•||Core Performance Standards|
|•||Critical Care Experience/RN Licensure Form|
|•||Educational Data Form|
❏ Two unopened reference letters. Opened reference letters will not be considered.
References are required from the following RNs:
❏ Nursing director/manager
❏ Critical care coordinator/shift supervisor
Use the reference forms provided. Indicate your decision regarding a waiver of the right of access to this reference before giving it to each person completing the reference. You should then give the form to the recommender with a business size envelope (self-addressed and stamped if indicated). The person providing the reference
should seal the envelope and place their signature across the flap. The envelope should be returned to you, and you should return it unopened in your application packet. Do not return separately.
❏ Current resume
❏ Personal essay describing your goals for graduate study, reasons you selected nurse anesthesia as a career choice and what you have to offer the profession of nurse anesthesia. Essays should be typed and no more than 500-600 words.
❏ Photocopy of your current RN license
❏ Photocopy of current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification card.
❏ Photocopies of other certifications you hold: ❏ PALS ❏ CCRN ❏ Other
STEP 3: APPLICATION FORWARDED MATERIALS
Please have the following items sent directly to the Nurse Anesthesia Program Office in Sioux Falls, SD.
❏ One official transcript from each college/university attended.
❏ Official transcript verification of classes in which you are currently enrolled
❏ One official GRE score transcript. Register for the general GRE test online at www.gre.org. The GRE
code for Mount Marty College is 6416. Please allow 4-8 weeks for the GRE scores to be reported to the college.
The Admissions Committee will carefully review all components, including completed application and supporting
material, academic performance, nursing experience, and references. Because class size is limited, not all candidates who meet minimum requirements will be invited for an interview. Invitations to attend a personal interview will be mailed in November. Interviews are generally conducted in Debember.
Incomplete applications, or applications received after the September 15 deadline, will be reviewed only at the discretion of Admissions Committee.
Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee decision regarding acceptance into the program within 4 weeks (approximately) of the personal interview. Applicants receiving a letter of appointment must return the Acceptance Form and a $750.00 non-refundable enrollment fee within the time specified.
All application materials being re-submitted must be received no later than September 15 for the class starting the following August. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the September 15 deadline, will be reviewed only at the discretion of Admissions Committee.
|If reapplying, application materials that MUST be resubmitted include:|
|•||STEP 1: Online Application|
|•||STEP 2: Application packet contents and checklist (except application fee)|
|The following items DO NOT need to be resubmitted:|
|•||Transcripts (unless a change has occurred)|
|•||GRE score reports (unless a change has occurred)|
International StudentsInternational students are asked to follow the additional admissions procedures on the Mount Marty College International Web section.
|•||Indirect costs not included in tuition include the cost of books, travel and living costs during clinicals, health insurance, and internet connection.|
|•||$35 application fee|
|•||$750 Tuition Deposit upon acceptance|
|•||Financial aid is available from the Federal Government in the form of student loans. You need to apply for financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.|
Send Admissions Documents to:
Nurse Anesthesia Program Office
5001 W. 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106