May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Anesthesia Certificate

Director/Program Coordinator: Maura McAuliffe (3112 Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6443;

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A current non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or an NCSBN compact state. Individual advisement will be necessary for licensure regulations for online out-of-state students.
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the certificate’s relationship to those goals.
  • Three professional references with one reference from an individual who is knowledgeable of the applicant’s nursing practice
  • One year clinical experience as an RN
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty


Applicants for the nurse anesthesia post-master’s certificate, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year adult critical care experience as a RN, completion of a supplemental nurse anesthesia admission packet, a total of five professional references (two on forms provided in the nurse anesthesia admissions packet) and an interview with Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee. Courses in physiology and chemistry/biochemistry within five years are highly recommended. Acceptable score on GRE within past 5 years (GRE required).


* Students who completed NURS 6993  to earn a previous master of science in nursing degree from East Carolina University will satisfy this requirement by taking NURS 6500  to demonstrate professional competencies of the certificate program.