CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Masters of Science in Anesthesia














Applications and ALL Material (including official transcripts, letters of reference, official GRE scores, autobiographical statement and the application itself) must be received by the close of business 1 NOVEMBER to be considered for admission:

Office of Admissions
Mercer University School of Medicine
1550 College Street
Macon , GA 31207-0001

Gail Coleman
(478) 301-2524

Timeline for Applications/Admissions

Applications may be submitted any time up to the November 1 deadline. All completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Interviews of top-rated applicants will be conducted in mid - November, with the final admissions selection completed shortly thereafter. All applicants will receive notification of their selection status.

Use the new online application listed below.


Deadline for ALL material being received is: NOVEMBER 1st.

Admissions Information

Degree, Licensure, and Work Experience
Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another appropriate major will be considered individually. A minimum of one year’s work experience as a registered professional nurse (R.N.) in a critical care environment is required. A license to practice as a R.N. in Georgia must be obtained prior to beginning the program as a graduate student nurse anesthetist and maintained throughout the program. 

G.P.A. and G.R.E. Requirement
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a level of academic achievement that would enable them to succeed in the program. This includes demonstration of achievement as evidenced by grade point averages on official transcripts. Applicants must also submit their scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Test taken within the past five years.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required, 3.2 preferred.

Prerequisite Courses and Certifications
All students must have successfully completed an undergraduate physical assessment course, elementary statistics (1 semester), and undergraduate chemistry (1 semester) prior to being admitted into the Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) degree program and beginning any of the graduate courses. All applicants must be currently certified in: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) prior to application and beginning the program. Students are required to maintain these certifications throughout the program. Certification as a CCRN is preferred

Application Process / Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Formal ON LINE application to Mercer University's School of Medicine for the nurse anesthesia program. 

  1. Payment of non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
  2. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimal cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.  3.2 or greater preferred.
  3. Bachelor's degree in nursing. Registered Nurses with bachelor's degrees in another major may be considered individually. Bachelor’s degree must be completed before application for admission.
  4. A minimum of one (1) year of critical care experience, two or more years are preferred. (ER, PACU, Dialysis, do not meet this criteria.) Certification as a CCRN is preferred.
  5. GPA - Applicants must be able to demonstrate a level of academic achievement that would enable them to succeed in the program.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test results (must be no more than five years old) Official test results from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) have been taken for the last seven years. The codes for the GRE scores are institution code - 5409 and department code - 0610.
  7. Exception Considered: Applicants who hold a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be exempt from retaking the GRE but must provide an official copy of a previously taken GRE exam, (Contact the Program Director for consideration).
  8. Undergraduate physical assessment course.
  9. Elementary statistics - 1 semester.
  10. Undergraduate chemistry - 1 semester, 2 semesters of general chemistry and/or organic chemistry preferred.
  11. RN licensure - Georgia license required prior to clinical rotations.
  12. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS).
  13. Three letters of reference from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualifications to undertake the study of anesthesia at the graduate level. One letter must be from a colleague, one from a physician, and one from your immediate supervisor. In addition, a minimum of one “shadowing” experience with a CRNA or Anesthesiologist, and a letter from them attesting to this experience is required.
  14. Successful passing of background check, drug screening, and other screening required by the Medical Center (must complete prior to admissions after interview process)
  15. All applicants must not be listed on any of the following: 
    • OIG List of Excluded Individuals 
    • GSA Excluded Parties List 
    • The Bureau of Industry and Security Denied Persons Lists
  16. Personal interview by MCCG/MUSM faculty prior to acceptance and enrollment.  Interviews are by invitation only.
  17. Official transcripts, sent directly from the college or university, of all college-level work completed to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  18. A two to three page (approximately 750 words), double-spaced, typewritten essay on the student’s education, professional, and life goals and motivation to pursuit a career in anesthesia. Clarity and writing skills displayed in this essay will be evaluated in the acceptance process.

Student Selection
The final admissions selection will be made after the interviews are completed. All applicants will receive notification of their selection status. Selected applicants will be notified of provisional acceptance pending completion of any screening tests required by MCCG. Some applicants may be offered the opportunity to remain on an alternate list for a non-refundable deposit of $200, if they are not selected in the initial admissions process. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Individuals selected as students must also verify that they can perform the essential tasks or functions of an anesthetist. Skills include verbal and written communication skills. Physical demands include the ability to hear and verbally communicate both in person and by telephone, visual acuity, and manual dexterity to be able to move about freely while assisting patients.

Individuals selected as students must also submit to alcohol and/or substance testing prior to beginning the program. Enrollment in the program is contingent upon negative test results.

Once admitted, a non-refundable deposit of $2000 is required to confirm the individual’s acceptance of admission. The deposit will be used for selected expenses throughout the program.

MCCG Requirements
Although nurse anesthesia students are not employees of MCCG, they are required to abide by MCCG requirements to have access to clinical experiences. Therefore, final acceptance is contingent upon a negative urine test for drugs and screening to determine that the applicant is not included on the OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, the GSA Excluded Parties List and the Bureau of Industry and Security Denied Persons List. Additional drug screening may be initiated after enrollment as detailed in the program’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse policy and procedure (see Appendix E of Student Manual). The current screening fee for drugs is $25.00. The current background security screening fee is $40.00. Both fees are payable by the applicant and subject to change. In addition, each student will need to sign an MCCG confidentiality statement and abide by any other MCCG requirements while enrolled in the program.

Current class size is 20 students per cohort.


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