How to Apply

The Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) Program seeks diverse, high-achieving applicants who have excellent academic records paired with evidence of a commitment to serving others.

Important Admission Dates

The CRNA program will be returning to in-person interviews as of 2023. Limited virtual sessions will also be held in the Fall. Application deadlines for August 2024 matriculation are as follows:

Deadline to be considered for Spring interviews (April, May): March 31, 2023

Deadline to be considered for Fall interviews (October, November): September 30, 2023

Submitting an Application

Please complete the application accurately, in its entirety. All information provided must be true. Evidence of false, deceptive or misleading information at any time will result in dismissal or rejection from the nurse anesthesia program without a refund of tuition or fees. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure all documents have been received.

Notice to Re-applicants: On the Apply page, do not click on “my account.” Instead, click on “start application.” If you log in with your previous credentials, this should open the new application with much of your previous information pre-populated.

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Required Documents for Application Upload

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • Other professional certifications
  • RN License (printed from State Board of Nursing website)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts will be required should you be selected for an interview)
  • Unofficial GRE Score report (official report will be required should you be selected for an interview)
  • Recommendation forms will be sent to those whom you identify as your recommenders and are due for submission by the application deadline
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
Please review the detailed submission processes and steps below to ensure that all documents are uploaded and submitted to the correct places.

Interview Process

The Admissions Committee of the Nurse Anesthesia Program reviews the credentials of each applicant, paying particular attention to the prerequisites.

Qualified candidates will be invited to meet with the selection committee for interviews. Because there are many highly-qualified applicants, even some who meet the prerequisites may not be invited to interview if their qualifications are not among the most competitive.

  • An applicant may be interviewed only once per calendar year.
  • Applicants considered "most competitive" may be offered an early admission decision in May. Otherwise, they’ll continue to be considered part of the candidate pool for the remainder of the cycle until August of the following year.
  • Applicants who want to reapply the following year may do so by updating their application.
  • Those who do not meet the prerequisites, or who have been denied admission following two previous interviews, may be declined an invitation to interview.

Final selection is based upon many factors. No single criterion has a decisive influence on the applicant’s acceptability. Selection of candidates for interview or program admission will also be based upon qualities of professionalism and communication with the program during the application and interview process.

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) Program is committed to providing equal consideration to all applicants, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual preference, or physical or mental disability. Students are selected for admission competitively, based on their academic record, character and general fitness for the study of anesthesia nursing.