Must all of my application materials be received by the the application deadline?
Priority will be given to those applicants for whom we have received all materials by the application deadline. If the application is not complete by the deadline, the program reserves the right not to consider it. It is the applicant’s responsibility to assure that all materials have been received by NCAS by the application deadline. Keep in mind once NCAS received transcripts, verification can take up to 10 business days.
What happens after I complete my interview?
After all qualified applicants have been interviewed, your application will be reviewed in a “pool” with the other applicants for that cohort. Admission recommendations are then forwarded to the Admissions and Progressions Committee of the College of Nursing. It is their charge to offer admission to qualified candidates.
The DNP program is academically front-loaded, with gradually increasing clinical experience during the second year of the program. Following successful completion of the didactic sequence, students begin a 15-month clinical residency and complete their DNP projects. During this residency, students learn to provide anesthesia for patients across the lifespan at all acuity levels, undergoing surgery of all types, including thoracic, cardiovascular, neurological, transplant, trauma, obstetrics and others. The time commitment throughout the program is extensive.
The academic calendar.
Please refer to the academic calendar and follow communications on registration provided by the Office of the Registrar after you receive notification of acceptance to the program.
Should I take graduate classes before I apply for the NAP program?
Many applicants take graduate courses prior to their application and admission to the nurse anesthesia program. This serves several purposes. First, it establishes that you can successfully complete graduate-level classes. This is especially important if your undergraduate grades of GRE scores are not what you would like them to be. Second, should you be admitted, it decreases the number of courses you would take per term for the first year of the program. Successfully completing graduate course work prior to applying to the anesthesia program may also make your application more competitive.
Can I take graduate classes at Rush without being admitted to a specific program?
The following courses may be taken prior to applying to the nurse anesthesia program, subject to availability. Up to 12 credits may be taken as a student-at-large. The anesthesia program administrators can advise you on available classes that may be taken and in which format these classes will be offered - live or online.
• NSG 521, Organizational and Systems Leadership – 3 credits
• NSG 522, Applied Epidemiology and Biostatics for Nursing Practice – 3 credits
• NSG 523, Research for Evidence-Based Practice – 3 credits
• NSG 524, Health Promotion in Individuals and Clinical Populations – 3 credits
• NSG 531, Advanced Pharmacology – 3 credits
• NSG 532, Advanced Physiology – 3 credits
• NSG 533, Advanced Pathophysiology – 3 credits
How long does the program take to complete? What type of degree is awarded?
The full-time DNP program is 40 months in length and begins in the fall term. Students are officially admitted in the summer term to allow them to take prerequisite courses as admitted students. If students have already taken the prerequisite courses or they do not wish to take courses in the summer term, then their full-time program of study begins in the fall term.
1. The application for transfer procedure must be completed when an enrolled student wishes to change their program concentration and/or degree. The transfer must be approved; there is no guarantee of movement from one program to another.
2. The Program Director in the proposed concentration/degree determines the necessary requirements for the review process.
3. The Registrar processes changes at the end of each term.
4. The change is official as of the start of the new term if student accepted into the proposed major/concentration.
5. If permission is granted and as space permits, students will only be allowed to transfer to an already matriculating cohort of students.
You may apply for:
1) any advanced practice specialty MSN-DNP program that is different from your first specialty area or
2) one of the DNP leadership tracks, either Systems Leadership or Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for applicants who are non-native speakers of English. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a minimum of three years of higher education AND received their baccalaureate degree in the United States.