Frequently Asked Questions (Masters)

How many years of experience are required to apply?

One year of experience (beyond orientation) as a registered nurse in a critical care area such as SICU, Neuro ICU, CVICU, CCU or Trauma

What is the average GPA of applicants that are accepted?

            The average cumulative GPA of accepted applicants is 3.4.

If I already have a master’s degree, do I have to take all of the classes?

Yes, all of our classes are anesthesia related and are required. Our lock-step program is designed for all students to take all classes together.

Do you require the GRE and if so, what is the minimum score required?

Yes, the GRE is required. We do not have a minimum score requirement at this time. We are currently collecting data to calculate a minimum score at a later date. The GRE is waived for applicants who have earned a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Is a BSN required?

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing OR a licensed Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a related field of science is required to apply. If your baccalaureate degree is not in nursing, you must have at least 15 semester hours of biophysical sciences beyond the basic nursing degree.

What is your class size?

Our program is designed for all students beginning in the same year to take all courses together (lock-step). Currently, we accept up to 72 students per year.

Do the students choose their clinical sites?

No. The Clinical Schedule Coordinator, in conjunction with the Program Administrator, creates the schedule for all students. We currently have 21 sites located throughout middle Tennessee and a few out of state sites. However, the Senior elective, which is the last quarter of the program, is selected by the student. There is a list of hospitals in the catalog that have participated in the Senior Elective program in the past.

Are on-line classes available?

            As of January 2013, we do not offer any on-line classes in the Master’s program.

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