​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Effective fall 2018, all anesthesia specialty courses will be held at the Union Square Campus (USC) in Greensboro. The new USC building is a state of the art nursing education building outfitted with technology classrooms, labs, simulation space and an OR suite. Additional amenities include easy access parking, student lockers, student lounge with a refrigerator and microwave, and student study areas.  


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within five years of application. Have an official score report sent to RSNA, the school code is listed below:
    • ​GRE Institution Code: 3733-RALEIGH SCHL NURSE ANESTHESIA
  • Basic Life Support (BLS); Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • CCRN certification*
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate Health Assessment course
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate Chemistry (three semester hours)
  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate course in Statistics.  High School AP coursework and “testing out” at college acceptance is not accepted.
  • One year minimum of continuous full-time acute care experience in critical care setting
  • Minimum of 2 shadowing experiences with a CRNA.  The CRNA should document the shadowing experience, sign and date and give to applicant.

Applicants will not be considered for an interview until they have received their CCRN certification.

Earning a 3.2 GPA for your BSN is required.  An elevated GPA based on non-nursing credits may not be adequate for being considered for an interview.  If an applicant has completed or is in the process of completing graduate work, this will be taken into consideration for admission.

While enrolled in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be successful.  Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia does not consider “average” students to be successful candidates.  Only students showing strong academic ability will be considered for admission.

Students receive the required clinical practicum experience under the instruction/supervision of CRNAs and anesthesiologists. The hours of practicum vary in order to offer wide variety of clinical experiences and to enable the student to correlate theory and practice. Graduate and clinical clock hours average approximately 35 hours per week per semester. Additional time is required for preoperative and postoperative visits, care planning, and independent study. The time committed to study, class, and practice may consume over 60 hours per week. ​

Admission to RSNA is on a competitive basis. Students are chosen on the basis of their academic record and general fitness for the study of anesthesia nursing. All students accepted to the program must furnish, before enrollment, complete immunizations, vaccinations, licensure, TB testing, flu shots, drug test, and background check as requested by RSNA. ​

The Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, creed, veteran status or any factor protected under state or federal law in its programs, activities, or any protected classes required to maintain our accreditation with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy:

Nancy Shedlick, DNAP, CRNA
Program Administrator
3900 Barrett Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(919) 250-9740​

​​​​The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which is applicable to the clinical sites at which RSNA students are required to work, specifically states that the religious exemption from medical examinations, immunizations, or treatment does not apply if requiring that a person undergo these activities is necessary for the protection of the health and safety of others.