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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP, BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia track is an advanced nursing curriculum that focuses on clinical excellence in practice, translational research, scientific research evaluation, leadership, organizational systems, health care management and policy, preventative strategies, informational systems and technology, and inter-professional collaboration for improving health and healthcare delivery.  The program focuses on training expert clinicians to become leaders and advocates for changes in the healthcare system.

Admission to the BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is very competitive.  Students admitted to the program are highly-qualified, diverse, experienced nurses with significant critical care experience.  The typical student entering the BSN-to-DNP program exceeds the University of Miami's minimum admission requirements.

Note: The GRE is not required.


Program Basics and Deadlines

  • Entry Term: Spring 2024
    • Length of Program: 9 semesters
    • Application Opens: September 1, 2022
    • Deadline: February 1, 2023


Application Portal

Applications for this program must be submitted through NursingCAS at  Simply create an account, search for this program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online. 

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications.  Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited institution
    • Degree in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited program is preferred. 
    • Registered nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in other relevant science fields may be considered.
    • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s Registrar directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.”  To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in “Academic History.”
    • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended in the “Colleges Attended” section under “Academic History” even if no degree was awarded.
    • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the “Additional Requirements for International Transcripts” section below. International degrees must be equivalent to those in the U.S.
  2. Minimum cumulative basic science and overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Introductory statistics course
    • This requirement must be met prior to orientation.
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must receive at least one letter of recommendation from each of the following types of recommenders:
      • Current clinical supervisor
      • Current or former academic faculty member
      • Community leader or professional colleague
    • Complete the “References” section to request electronic recommendations.
  5. Statement of purpose
    • Discuss reasons for applying to the BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of Miami and how it fits into personal, educational, and professional goals.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Personal Statement.”
  6. Current CV/resume
    • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer activities, licensures and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic experiences.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “CV/Resume.”
  7. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the State of Florida or the state/territory of current practice (Note: This must be able to be obtained prior to Orientation)
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “License.”
    • International students must have a United States Social Security number to obtain a Florida RN license
  8. Verification of employment
    • A minimum of two years of ICU experience within the last five years is required to be considered for the program.
    • An Anesthesia Verification of Employment form must completed by the applicants’ employers and submitted by the manager/supervisor/HR designee via fax, e-mail, or U.S. postal service.
  9. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
    • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification.”
  10. Current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for Health Care Providers certification
    • Only ACLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification.”
  11. Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
    • Only PALS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification.”


Admission Process: Standard Admission Cycle

Applications are processed as they are received and held until the application deadline of February 1st, 2022. The admission committee will review all applications at that time. Applicants who are invited for interviews will receive notification via e-mail or phone. The admission committee will begin to communicate admission decisions once all interviews are complete. In the meantime, applicants will receive updates via e-mail regarding their application status as they become available.



Interviews may be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty.  Interviews may be in person or via telephone or webcam.  Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.


Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the “Documents” tab under “Other.”


Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

Applicants (international and domestic) who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must request a course-by-course degree evaluation, complete with degree equivalency and GPA calculation information, by submitting all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the following approved evaluation services:

Complete evaluations must be sent by the evaluation company directly to NursingCAS.  Copies of all official transcripts and diplomas must be included by the evaluation company when the evaluation is sent to NurisngCAS.

Applicants who use WES can request their completed evaluations be sent electronically to NursingCAS to post to their application.  Students who choose to send their complete evaluation to NursingCAS by mail must request it be sent directly by the evaluation company to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Note: Any foreign documents received by the School of Nursing and Health Studies become the property of the University of Miami and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including third party evaluation services.


Additional Requirements for Applicants for whom English is not the Native Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores--click here to view passing score. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to NursingCAS using code #B506. IELTS should be sent directly to the following address: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 248153, Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850. 

Note: Students whose native language is not English but who attended and earned a degree from a regionally-accredited higher education institution in the United States are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.


Additional Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the SONHS per application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit a $3,000 non-refundable deposit within one month of admission as outlined in the admission letter.  The deposit will be applied to tuition in students’ first semester of study.

Admission is contingent upon completion of all requirements outlined in the Certificate of Admission.  This includes a mandatory online pre-immersion course, valid immunizations, a negative drug test, and clearance of an FBI background check, and BLS, ACLS, & PALS certifications from the American Heart Association, among others.  Clinical rotations are a component of the nursing program and require that students have a background report without any infractions.  If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, his/her offer of admission will be rescinded.

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Faculty of the SONHS reserve the right to waive any requirement or request additional information at any time.