Application Information


  • Degree of Bachelor of Science or a graduate degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum nursing GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.
  • Minimum of 1-year post-orientation, and preferably 2-3 years of current, full-time critical care experience.
    • Employment in telemetry, cardiac catheterization lab, operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, interventional radiology, or emergency department is not considered critical care experience
  • American Heart Association certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification is required prior to beginning clinical activities.
  • Current, unrestricted RN license. (Licensure in West Virginia will be required during the program and possibly one or more of the following states:  Maryland, Ohio, and/or Pennsylvania.)
  • Shadowing a CRNA prior to applying to the program is strongly recommended.
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview.
  • To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.
  • Transfer students must provide a letter of good standing from the Nursing program in which currently enrolled or left incomplete.

Students must satisfactorily complete background checks and drug screens upon admission.

New program applicants with a positive drug screen will be ineligible for admission to the program and will forfeit their admission “seat.” Please see the WVU SON Drug and Alcohol Screening Policy and the Health Information and Credential Documentation Policy.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program may be considered for readmission if the dismissal was academic and was followed by successful completion of an additional degree. Any student who has withdrawn from the WVU School of Nursing program may be considered for readmission. Students may apply for readmission in accordance with the following guidelines and criteria but must follow the standard admission procedures. Students must meet all original admission requirements.

Apply to WVU

The application period for the Fall 2025 term will open on August 1, 2024, and close on November 1, 2024, with a transcript deadline of November 15, 2024.

How to Apply

  1. Click on the How to Apply button above.
  2. On the Enrollment Information section of the Graduate Application, please choose the following:
    • Admission Type*: Professional
    • Intended Program*: Nurse Anesthesia
  3. On the Supplemental Materials screen, you will upload the following:
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • Professional goals statement. View the guidelines on writing the statement.
  4. Applicants must also provide three letters of recommendation (Professor/Faculty Member, Supervisor/Employer responsible for your annual performance review, and a professional colleague, physician or CRNA). You will list your references, with their email addresses, on the Recommendations screen.  Your references will receive an email from WVU Graduate Admissions with an electronic form.  They will also need to upload a letter of recommendation.

WVU ETS Institution Code (for standardized test scores): 5904

Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended

It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent to:

WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
P.O. Box 6510
Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
1 Waterfront Place
2nd Floor
Morgantown, WV 26505

*Please note, if you are a current or former WVU student, you do not need to have transcripts sent from the Morgantown, Beckley, or Keyser campuses.


Competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview. Admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis and students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion.

Clinical rotations with approved preceptors in the final year of your program must be arranged with course faculty. Due to potential preceptor limitations, students may have to travel out of their local areas to their clinical sites and are required to provide their own reliable transportation. 

Appeal of an Admission Decision

In programs with limited capacity and competitive admissions, the most qualified students are selected among those that meet the minimum requirements.

If an application for admission into a graduate program is denied, the applicant may request the reasons for refusal of admission by writing to the specific graduate program coordinator (see Academics page). Note that meeting the minimum requirements for admission into a graduate program does not ensure admission. An applicant may appeal to the graduate program coordinator for reconsideration if the applicant can document either factual errors in processing the application or that the decision was arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory in nature. Appeals must be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date of the admission denial. If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the appeal by the graduate program coordinator, the applicant may appeal to the dean of the college or school. The decision of the dean, as the provost’s designee, shall be rendered within 20 calendar days of the receipt of the appeal and is final. Please see Graduate Admission Denial.

Contact info for director of Admissions and Enrollment: