How to apply to KU Nurse Anesthesia

The application period begins March 15 and closes July 15 each year. All prerequisites must be completed before the program start date. The prerequisite review worksheet can help applicants determine if they have met all program requirements. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that applicants complete the prerequisite review worksheet PDF document as early as possible to allow the applicant sufficient time to obtain missing course work if necessary. Admission to the program is increasingly competitive, and applicants who have completed all prerequisites by the application deadline are given priority in the selection process.

Before You Apply

The application process is almost entirely online. It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the application. Details on each item are found on the eligibility and requirements page and on the page of frequently asked questions.

  1. Prerequisite Review – Applicants will provide this information online.

  2. Goal Statement – Please type or copy and paste your goal statement online. 

  3. Resume/CV A resume or CV must be uploaded as a part of your application information online.

  4. Recommendations Have the name, position/title, organization/ institution, phone number and email address of three references. 

  5. CCRN – If certified, a copy of the certification card must be uploaded with the application.

  6. Shadow Verification Form If shadow experience has been completed, the form will be uploaded with the online application. If the shadow experience has not yet been completed, the form may be submitted at a later date..

  7. Proof of enrollment A proof of enrollment may be submitted with the online application if any prerequisite course work has not been completed. A question in the FAQ provides more information. Proof of enrollment may also be submitted at a later date.

Step 1: Online Application and Fee

Submit the application online using the link at the bottom of this page. Please read all instructions carefully and complete all required fields on the application. Before the application can be completed, payment of the application fee must be provided.

Step 2: Additional Application Steps

In addition to submitting the online application, the following must be completed:

  • Contact each reference to inform the individual they will be receiving an email from "KU Medical Center " requesting they submit a reference online.

  • Arrange to have one official copy of the transcript from every college and university attended sent directly to KU. This is required regardless of the number of classes taken or if credits may also show up on another transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to KU. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not acceptable, even if in a sealed envelope. If course work was completed at an institution outside the United States, please review the foreign transcript policy.

    If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
    Attn: Admissions
    KU Dept. of Nurse Anesthesia Education
    MS 2020
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

  • If any of the following required documents were not submitted with the online application, they must be delivered directly to the department by fax (913-588-3334) or to the office mailing address above:

    - Shadow verification form

    - CCRN verification (if applicable)

    - Proof of enrollment in any missing prerequisite courses

  • Check the online application activity page to see the latest status of the completed application at It is recommended this be checked regularly. As application materials enter processing, the applicant will receive an email from the department indicating the status of his or her application.

After submitting your application

Decisions about interviews will be made in September and applicants should hear from the department by the end of September. Qualified applicants who are invited to attend a personal interview must attend their interview to be considered. Applicants receive notification of their acceptance to the program in December.

Before the start of the program, all students admitted to the program must submit to a background check at the student's expense. Students must also obtain a Kansas and Missouri RN license. The Kansas license must be acquired by February 28 of the year the student enters the program. Certification in ACLS, BLS and PALS must be completed and kept current throughout the program at the student's expense

Questions? Need Assistance?

If, after reviewing the information on this website, applicants still have questions, the office staff will be happy to answer any questions regarding the program or the application process:, 913-588-6612 (771 TTY).

KU reserves the right to make changes in policy, tuition, financial aid, and fee structure as the needs of its administration, faculty, students, and conducting or affiliating institutions change. These changes may occur without prior notification. For any questions, and to assure that you have the most current information available, please contact the program offices.

Last modified: Jan 27, 2016

red triangle with exclamation point warningApplications are no longer accepted for the class entering summer 2016. The next application cycle will open March 15, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions
Many questions have already been answered here, so please take a look before contacting KU.

Important Dates
Before deciding to apply, please review the program's eligibility and requirements.
Application deadline: July 15
Program start: Summer semester (June)

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