DNP Nurse Anesthesia Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission to apply. No exceptions are made.

  • Active, unrestricted, California RN licenseOpens in new window with no disciplinary action pending or imposed
    • Applicants who are currently licensed outside of California are encouraged to review the requirements for California RN Licensure by EndorsementOpens in new window to ensure they meet the California Board of Registered Nursing requirements for California RN Licensure. Note the BRN's Prerequisite Course requirementsOpens in new window for Licensure by Endorsement. 
  • Baccalaureate or Master's degree in Nursing Opens in new window (BSN or MSN) completed by the application deadline from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester units of college/university coursework
  • Minimum of one year of full time clinical registered nursing experience within the past two years in an adult critical care ICU in the US by the application deadline.
    • The Adult ICU requirement can be satisfied by working in any kind of Adult ICU environment, such as a Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Neuro ICU, Burn ICU, and CT ICU.
      • The following experience is not considered adult critical care: emergency room, post anesthesia care unit, step down unit, cath lab.
  • CCRN (Adult) CertificationOpens in new window
  • Most recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Analytical WritingOpens in new window score, taken within the last five (5) years; no minimum score required


University English Proficiency Requirement: Regardless of citizenship, all applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency before an admissions decision can be made. The University will accept TOEFL, IELTS and PTE proficiency tests. Review the University's requirements on the AdmissionsOpens in new window  website.

International Students: At this time, we cannot accept international applicants who require an F-1 or J-1 visa into the CSUF/KPSA DNP CRNA program. Please contact International AdmissionsOpens in new window for more information.

Academic Programs Leading to Licensure

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.