Arkansas State University Jonesboro

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.

Program Length

28 months, full time

Credit Hours

88 credit hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year round. Completed applications must be submitted 12-16 months in advance of anticipated start date in January.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited College or University.

A current RN license in one of the states, or one of the protectorates of the United States is required. You must be eligible for licensure in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Mississippi.

A minimum of two full years of Critical Care experience as a RN within the past three years is required. Acceptable critical care experience includes: ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CVICU (Cardiovascular ICU), SICU (Surgical ICU), MICU (Medical ICU), Neuro ICU, CCU (Coronary Care Unit). Not accepted: OR (Operating Room), OB (Obstetrics). Trauma and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis.

Minimum cumulative 2.75 on all undergraduate courses or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses.

The minimum acceptable GRE score is 900; a score of 1000 is preferred. Scores from the analytical section are also required. The exam must be taken within the past 5 years.

Certifications required: CCRN (Certification for Adult, Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Nurses) or CSC Cardiac Surgery Certification. Either CCRN or CSC certification, but not both. After acceptance the following are required: BLS (Basic Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), Basic Disaster Life Support.

A 3 semester hour graduate level descriptive and inferential statistics course with a grade of B or better is required for admission. Theory of Nursing (graduate level) and Research (graduate level) classes are strongly recommended (prior approval of the course is recommended unless taking at ASU).


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