The post-master’s certificate (52 graduate credit hours) will be awarded to students who have completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited program and wish to function as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The full-time course of study plan allows for certificate completion within 27 months. Courses must be taken in the order outlined in the master’s curriculum. In addition the student must complete all requirements outlined by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA). Students complete cognate and clinical courses in nurse anesthesia. Clinical experiences are offered at Carolinas Medical Center and other affiliated sites.
Carolinas Medical Center provides clinical instruction for students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program. A referral center for North and South Carolina, this 850-bed medical center and teaching hospital presents opportunities for experiences with patients undergoing a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Students also receive educational experiences at several external clinical sites in North Carolina, including Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, CMC in Pineville, CMC Mercy and CMC University. All facilities provide a preceptor: student ratio of no more than 1 to 2 with a CRNA and/or physician anesthesiologist and opportunities to administer regional anesthesia. The clinical hours and number and variety of cases are exceptional; students far exceed the number of clinical hours and cases required for graduation. The program's graduates have achieved a 92% passage rate (first attempt) on the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists over the previous ten years.
This program is completed as a full-time course of study (in 27 months). Students are admitted once per year in the fall semester. Interviews are conducted two times per academic year (November and February). All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia program no later than six weeks prior to the interviews.
For more information on Nurse Anesthesia as a career, visit the website for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
General requirements for all Post-Masters Certificate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. Additional information can be found on the Post Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia web page or the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Important information about the GRE:
The SON accepts GRE scores from both old and new test formats. Equivalency tables for old scores (200-800) and new scores (130-170) are used so that the published preferred GRE score for admission will not change.
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Post Masters Certificate:
- Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.\
- Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program.
- Application to CMC accompanied by current fee.
- Evidence of a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a score of 293 (950) is preferred (MAT scores are not accepted).
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work after high school.
- A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all basic undergraduate science courses taken (Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Microbiology).
- Completion of an Advanced Human Physiology with the past 3 years (graduate level).
- An essay (statement of purpose), limited to a single page, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.
- For the three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School, all must be from persons familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications, such as clinical manager or supervisor, academic professor, or physician. A minimum of 18 months of current full time critical care experience with adult clients prior to matriculation:
- A minimum of 18 months of current full time critical care experience with adult patients just prior to matriculation.
- Acceptable experience includes: Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.
- Experiences not acceptable include: Flight Team, Emergency Room, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and Operating Room.
- Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support with documentation provided only to Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program.
- Computer literacy is required for coursework.
- Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be eligible to be invited for an interview with the Program's Admissions Committee, which are held in November and February. Only after a successful interview, will the applicant be admitted. NOTE: The application process requires two applications - one to UNC Charlotte and one to Carolinas Medical Center.
For November interviews, the deadline is October 1
For February interviews, the deadline is January 15
Only full-time study is available. All courses are offered once a year and must be taken in sequence as shown below.
- Advanced Human Physiology (3hrs) (if needed)
- Pharmacology of Anesthetic Agents (4hrs)
- Applied Physics and Chemistry in Nurse Anesthesia (3hrs)
- Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I (3hrs)
- Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II (3hrs)
- Pharmacology of Non-anesthetic Agents (4hrs)
-Applied Pathophysiology in Nurse Anesthesia I (3hrs)
- Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (3hrs)
- Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1hr)
- Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III (3hrs)
- Applied Pathophysiology in Nurse Anesthesia II (3hrs)
- Professional Aaspects of Nurse Anesthesia I (1hr)
- Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia I* (5hrs)
- Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II* (5hrs)
- Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia I (1hr)
- Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia III* (5hrs)
- Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia IV* (5hrs)
*=Clinical Course that requires 120 hours practice for each 1 credit hour.
Dr. Susan Kennerly, PhD., RN
Associate Director, Graduate Division
School of Nursing
Clinical Program Director
Ms. Karen Lucisano
Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program
All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia program no later than six weeks prior to the intended interview date. Interviews are held in November and February. For November interviews, the deadline is October 1. For February interviews, the deadline is January 15. Dates: Application deadlines for admission to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia MSN program are as follows: Process: The application process requires two applications – one to UNC Charlotte and one to Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program. All applications to the University are submitted online to the Graduate School using Apply Yourself. Information pertaining to the University Catalog, the GRE Exam, the Apply Yourself application system, and other materials can be obtained from:
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223-0001
The Carolinas HealthCare System application forms and materials can be obtained from:
Carolinas HealthCare System
Nurse Anesthesia Program
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte NC 28232-2861