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    DNP Nurse Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions

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    Q: How is the program structured?

    A: The 36-month program is based out of Pepper Pike, OH. All nurse anesthesia classes are live synchronous classes with three required simulation immersions on campus lasting three to five days.

    Q: Where can I learn more about the program?

    A: There are information sessions twice monthly. Register for a session.

    Q: Is the program accredited by the COA?

    A: Yes. Ursuline College with SNAP is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; (224) 275-9130. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2029. For more information regarding the COA or the accreditation process, please contact the COA at Program Code: 523248

    Q: When do classes begin for each cohort?

    A: A new cohort starts each January

    Q: Can I work during the program?

    A: Working during the program is discouraged, especially when clinical practicum begins. Students can expect to commit 60-64 hours a week to the program which doesn’t include study time.

    Q: What are the average number of hours per week required during the program?

    A: Student time commitment consists of an average of 60 hours per week including classes, clinical, and preparing for clinical. (This does not include study hours).

    Q: How much time off do I receive during the program?

    A: Student wellness is our top priority. Breaks will be given between semesters.

    Q: Are students expected to attend conferences?

    A: Students are required to attend one AANA conference and one state association conference during the program. This will not count as your time off.

    Q: May I speak to a current nurse anesthesia graduate student?

    A: Yes. Email with your phone number and email, and we will have someone contact you.

    Q: What is the tuition?

    A: Review Cost and Aid page for details.

    Q: Which textbooks are used?

    A: The textbooks and resources vary by course and may change between cohorts. Required resources are provided in a course syllabus. The NBCRNA provides a list of resources for the National Certification Exam (NCE), which is often integrated into the curriculum. NCE/SEE Bibliography | NBCRNA


    Q: What type of candidate is Ursuline College with SNAP looking for?

    A: We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who has grit and perseverance, and also meets the admission criteria.

    Q: When is the application deadline?

    A: Applications open February 1st and the application deadline is May 15th (for January program start).

    Q: I have questions about financial aid, who do I ask?

    A: Review the following resources: Financial Aid for Graduate Students | Ursuline and Ursuline Financial Aid & Cost FAQs. For Financial Aid Information Sessions, register here.

    Q: Who is on the admissions panel?

    A: SNAP faculty, Ursuline faculty and our clinical partners if applicable.

    Q: When will I find out if I get an interview?

    A: Applications are reviewed as received, however invitations for interviews will not be communicated until after May 15th (application deadline).

    Q: When are interviews?

    A: June through August.

    Q: It’s been a while since I have taken the prerequisite courses for admission, do they still count?

    A: The prerequisite courses (Chemistry, Statistics, and Anatomy & Physiology) must be within 10 years of applying.

    Q: Instead of retaking Anatomy & Physiology, does any other courses count?

    A: Graduate-level Advanced Physiology or Advanced Pathophysiology meet the admission criteria for Anatomy & Physiology.

    Q: When should I complete my CCRN certification? PALS?

    A: CCRN, PALS, and other admission criteria must be met before the application deadline (May 15th).

    Q: What if I cannot find my CCRN score for the application?

    A: Call the AACN customer care or contact them via website to find out your CCRN score. (800) 899-2226.

    Q: Can I apply if I already have a MSN degree?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you accept transfer credits?

    A: After application to the program, a transcript analysis and review of the syllabus is required for any courses you wish to have evaluated for transfer into the program.

    Clinicals & Simulation

    Q: When do clinicals start?

    A: Clinical practicum begins January of year 2.

    Q: Where are the clinical sites?

    A: Explore a list of our clinical sites.

    Q: Do I have to find my own clinical site?

    A: The program is responsible for providing clinical sites for all students.

    Q: Can students choose their own clinical sites?

    A: We will attempt to accommodate any requests but cannot guarantee certain clinical sites.

    Q: What are the simulation immersions like?

    A: There are three required simulation immersions on campus and at Mount Sinai Skills and Simulation Center in Cleveland, OH that last three to five days each.

    Q: What other simulation experiences can I expect?

    A: In addition to the three required simulation immersions in Ohio, there will be in-situ simulations for extra hands-on experiences at each clinical site.

    Q: Does the Program provide housing for the students for clinical or simulation immersions?

    A: No. The Program will make every effort to decrease travel for the students during clinical. The Program does not provide housing for the three required simulations on campus however, the students will be given a list of affordable options.