Admission Requirements
Applications deadline: Feb 1. Interviews will begin in July.


"This program has a very strong clinical emphasis
that prepares you to work in almost any type of
anesthesia setting."
Chris Westphal Class of 2004

Applicants for a doctoral degree must demonstrate the following:
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).
  • A quality point average of 3.0 or higher with a science GPA of 3.0.
  • Two semesters of biology, at least one semester of chemistry, one semester of microbiology, and one semester of college math. Physics is strongly recommended.
  • Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Connecticut Registered Nurse license will be required upon admission.
  • A minimum of one year’s experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting (ER does not fulfill this criteria).
  • Current BCLS, ACLS & PALS certification (must be maintained while in the program).
  • GRE Analytical writing score of 4 or better. Composite scores will be reviewed in relation to the overall application.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

For information on the Graduate Record Exam, call 609-683-2002, or visit the website www.gre.org.

Formal Admission Process

This cohort program begins once each year in May. Applicants to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:
  1. A completed application. Apply online at www.fairfield.edu/sonapp.
  2. A non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service, which can be found at www.fairfield.edu/eval.
  5. Two (2) recommendations, including one from your current supervisor and another from an individual who can assess your clinical expertise in an acute care setting..
  6. A three (3) page, double-spaced personal statement stating your career goals and future contributions to the profession of nurse anesthesia..
  7. Official report of GRE scores..
  8. Copy of current RN license; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.
International Students
All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS exams. For admission to the graduate school, a TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based test, 80 on the internet-based test or an IELTS score of 6.5 is strongly recommended. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL) or IELTS.org. Fairfield University’s ETS code is 3390.

Interview Process
Applicants who meet the above criteria may be invited for an Admission interview.


Applicants Rights and Responsibilities

The applicant has the right to:
  1. Be treated in a respectful manner.
  2. Be communicated with in a truthful and timely manner.
  3. Have his/her application considered with the same degree of consideration as any other applicant.
  4. Be notified when application is incomplete and what materials need to be submitted.


The applicant has the responsibility to:
  1. Inform the program administration of changes in contact information, address, or Email.
  2. Submit the application before the deadline.
  3. Be truthful in the application and all aspects of communication.
  4. Provide program with material necessary to make decision for admission.

Selection Process
The Program accepts up to 14 students per academic year. Therefore, all applicants who meet minimum requirements for admission may not necessarily be selected. The Admissions committee will evaluate each applicant. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

Transcripts, G.P.A, GRE
On-site interview
References
Work Experience