ENTRY TERM: Fall 2024
APPLICATION OPENS: August 10, 2023

Application Fees (non-refundable): 

NursingCAS: $80
AU Nursing Supplemental Application: $25

Please submit your NursingCAS application first. Once your application has been verified by NursingCAS, you will be notified by Augusta University’s (AU's) Graduate Admissions Office (graduateadmissions@augusta.edu) to set up your AU applicant portal. The email will also provide instructions on how to complete and submit your AU Supplemental Application.

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

NOTE:  Nursing Anesthesia does not defer admission or accept late applications. 


The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.


The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 for F-1 student status or Form DS-2019 for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status cannot be issued by Augusta University for enrollment in this online program per U.S. immigration regulations. Questions? Please email International & Postdoctoral Services Office at ipso@augusta.edu.

NursingCAS Application


Contact Us

Shannon Broxton, DNP
Program Director

Nicole Murdaugh
Program Contact
(706) 721-9558


Program Overview

Admission Criteria

Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all work attempted. 

Completion of a prelicensure nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or completion of a prelicensure Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degrees earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degrees required by the program. 

Degrees earned from a pass/fail BSN program should achieve a minimum GRE score requirement of 300, or an “A” must be achieved in at least (3) hours of graduate-level science coursework from an accredited college or university. 

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to NursingCAS. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, NursingCAS will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Applicants should submit their transcripts via the process provided in the NursingCAS Help Center. ALL transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS. If you send them directly to Augusta University they cannot be loaded into CAS. Without the transcripts in CAS your application cannot be verified and will not be considered.

An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

As part of the online NursingCAS application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their references.

Applicants should select three references who can speak to their academic, professional, and/or clinical performance. One reference must be from a supervisor (charge nurse, unit manager).

Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation.

GRE is required for applicants with a minimum overall undergraduate or graduate (MSN/CNL) program GPA < 3.6, or if awarded a BSN from a Pass/Fail university. A minimum score of 300 is required.  All GRE scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.


English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

  • TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
  • IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

Applicants must have completed a 3 credit hour undergraduate or graduate chemistry course and statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of "B" or higher.

Including date of most recent revision. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Included within the application, applicants must submit a written component describing why you want to be a nurse anesthetist and how your previous education and experiences will enhance your ability in the program.

Using ZeeMee, please cut and paste your ZeeMee personal page link in the space provided. Post a 25-second video statement through ZeeMee to answer the following questions: We have several qualified applicants for each open spot in this program. Every applicant “wants” to be a CRNA. With that, what sets you apart? Why should we choose you?

Applicants are required to shadow a minimum of eight hours with a CRNA prior to their interview.

AACN Certification (adult, pediatrics, or neonatal) preferred, but not required.

Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at the time of application. Proof of current unrestricted Georgia or multi-state RN license is required prior to enrollment. This item is uploaded directly into NursingCAS.

Minimum of one-year of full-time, critical care nursing experience,  within the past 3 years. 

Examples of critical care experience s may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care.

Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

All candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be screened.

  • Phase 1: In-depth faculty review of minimum requirements and video submission
  • Phase 2: Applicants advancing to the second round will be invited for an on-campus interview (virtual option offered to candidates >500 miles). Interviews are a weighted portion of the total application score. Candidates are evaluated on their professional, experiential, and clinical preparedness for the profession of nursing anesthesia.

Additional Information

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.