Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Requirements

Minimum Admissions Criteria for Nurse Anesthesia

Please note that students must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of classes. 

  1. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within five years preceding application.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from an accredited program. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A completed basic statistics course.
  4. A completed Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry course with a grade of 'B' or higher taken within the last 5 years.
  5. Evidence of current Texas nursing licensure.
  6. Minimum one year work experience in critical care as a registered nurse, two years preferred.
  7. BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification.
  8. One official copy of TOEFL score if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old and a minimum score of 550 is required on the paper exam, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam, or a minimum score of 86 on the internet-based exam.

How to Apply

In order for an application to be considered complete, the following materials must be submitted on or before the application deadline.

  • A completed online application for admission and $60.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official GRE test scores. The GRE code for sending test scores is 6906 or 6907.
  • Official copy of your transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts may be sent sent directly from the institution previously attended electronically to They will not be accepted emailed from the student.  If you have attended any school within UTHealth system the transcript will be retrieved on your behalf.
  • Three (3) satisfactory academic/professional references. Supply individual references with an applicant letter of reference form.
  • A course-by-course evaluation of international credentials by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for individuals with degrees from outside the US.
  • A professional curriculum vitae or resume. 

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect Cizik School of Nursing's diversity within its educational environment, the School’s admission policy makes explicit the multiplicity of factors taken into consideration in the admissions process. These admission factors are not assigned a specific weight or point value. The School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and gives consideration to several factors.

The Review and Notification Process

After submission, the application and all supporting materials will be delivered to the Cizik School of Nursing Student Affairs Office. Files marked as complete will be forwarded to the faculty for review. Select students will be invited for interview; writing samples may be required at the time of interview. Once interviews are conducted, the faculty will make admission decisions; at that time the file can be accepted, denied, or waitlisted. All candidates are notified via postal mail and email. The decision will also be available for view through the MyUTH portal.

Admissions FAQ

  • The Program prefers and strongly recommends a score of 500 or greater on each of the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.5 on the written section. For the Revised GRE the recommended score is: 151 Verbal; 144 Quantitative; with the written section remaining at 3.5.
Work Experience Requirement
  • At least one year of clinical experience in a critical care setting is required. Clinical experience involving invasive hemodynamic monitoring, vasoactive drip initiation and titration, and management of ventilated patients is preferred. These clinical areas include: CVICU, SICU, CCU, MICU, NICU (Level IV only), PICU as well as trauma and burn intensive care units. Emergency room, PACU, and cardiac cath. lab experience does not meet the critical care requirement for admission.
  • You may apply before obtaining the full one year of critical care experience. However, this requirement must be met and verified before enrolling in the program.
Prerequisite Courses
  • A semester of organic or biochemistry is required for admission. The chemistry requirement must have been met within the last 5 years (from the time of application) and must be at an academic level above an introductory organic or biochemistry class. To have the most competitive application it is strongly recommended to have this requirement complete prior to application. However, you may apply without having this criteria satisfied. If you are accepted to the program missing this requirement your admission is contingent upon successful completion of this course prior to the start of the semester. 
  • It is required that the organic or biochemistry have an earned B or higher to be competitive in the UTHealth Nurse Anesthesia admissions process. 

Pre-enrollment Requirements

If admitted, enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of immunization screening, immigration status clearance, documentation of BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification, documentation of Texas Nursing License and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check and drug screening. 

Essential Skills for Nursing

Nurses must be able to demonstrate cognitive skills in critical thinking and logical/analytical thinking. Nurses must also have psychomotor skills, including fine motor dexterity, physical strength, coordination, and proper body mechanics. Observational skills are also required, such as the ability to hear within the normal decibel range, the ability to read English in regular to extra-fine print, and the ability to palpate/auscultate. Students must be able to demonstrate these skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. See HOOP 101, Disability Accommodation (