FAQ

When is the deadline for application?

The deadline for application and all supporting materials is July 1, 2019. 

How do I apply online?

Applications and supporting documentation are submitted online via the application portal. 

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my application?

If you have a question about the status of your application or the application process, please contact Graduate Recruitment Admissions Coordinator, Heather Lopez via phone at 225-768-1731 or via email at Heather.Lopez@franu.edu. 

How many students are accepted each year?

The number of students accepted each year depends on the applicant pool. Typically 30-35 students are accepted per admission cycle with approximately 80-120 applications received each year.

Do you accept unofficial transcripts? May I submit transcripts to the University myself?

All transcripts must be official. The applicant may submit a transcript if it is official and in a sealed envelope from the institution.

Do I submit my application and supporting materials at one time? May I submit my materials as they are available?

Supporting materials and the application must be submitted via the application portal, with the exception of transcripts and official GRE scores. The program encourages applicants to submit materials as early as possible to allow for timely evaluation of application materials.

What is the University’s GRE Code so I can send my official ETS GRE Score Report?

The University’s GRE code is 6452. 

Are there any prerequisite courses I must complete prior to admission?

No. There are no prerequisite courses that must be taken prior to admission into the program.

If I have yet to obtain my bachelor in nursing degree, will I be granted an interview?

No. Applicants must have obtained their bachelor of science in nursing degree at the time of application in order to meet the admission requirements.

What types of critical care experience is accepted? Which is preferred?

Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse should have developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, and Medical 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. (Taken from Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs Definition)

How much critical care experience is required at the time of application? What is considered recent critical experience?

Applicants must have one year of critical care at the time of application. The nurse anesthesia program admissions committee recommends two years of critical care experience. 

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program requires recent adult critical care experience. Recent is defined as within the previous two calendar years.

Do I have to obtain any additional certifications or licenses?

Applicants must have current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular (ACLS) Certifications at the time of application. Upon acceptance and enrollment into the program, students will obtain Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification during program orientation.

How will be notified of an invitation to interview for admission? When and where are admission interviews held?

The University will electronically notify all applicants by the end of July regarding invitations to interview. Evaluated interviews will be conducted on campus during the month of August 2019.