FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the certification exam pass rate and attrition rate of graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Program?
Q2: How competitive is the program and what makes an applicant competitive?
Q3: How long is the program?
Q4: How much does the program cost, and what is included in the cost?
Q5: What is the application deadline and admission timeline?

Q6: What are the requirements for admission?
Q7: What are the required admissions documents?
Q8: Is the GRE (Graduate Record Entrance) exam required for admission?
Q9: Do I have to have a bachelor's degree in nursing in order to apply?
Q10: I am re-applying to your program. What documents do I need to re-submit?
Q11: My undergraduate cumulative GPA was low, but I did well in my nursing classes. Should I apply or no?
Q12: Can I submit a shadowing letter from an anesthesiologist to satisfy the CRNA verification letter?
Q13: Can a preceptor write the reference letter as the “immediate supervisor”?
Q14: How do I obtain CCRN certification?
Q15: I have worked mostly in the ER and/or OR. Would I be competitive with other applicants?
Q16: Can students work while they're in the program?
Q17: How much time is spent in class and clinicals?
Q18: Would I be required to do any clinical work outside of St. Louis?
Q19: Is any of the program completed through online courses?
Q20: Are transfer credits accepted?
Q21: Is financial aid available?
Q22: Can I schedule a time to meet with a representative to learn more about the program?


Q1: What is the certification exam pass rate and attrition rate of graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia Program?
A1: Historically, the first time pass rate for the CRNA exam is 95% - 100%.   
The class of 2014 (17 students) had a 100% first-time pass rate
The class of 2013 (14 students) had a 100% first-time pass rate
The class of 2012 (20 students) had a 100% first-time pass rate

The Nurse Anesthesia Program retains a very low attrition rate:
The class of 2014 (1/19) had a 5.3% attrition rate
The class of 2013 (1/15) had a 6.6% attrition rate
The class of 2012 (0/20) had a 0.0% attrition rate

Q2: How competitive is the program and what makes an applicant competitive?
A2: Approximately 60-80 applicants complete the admissions process per year. The Admissions Committee invites 40-45 of the most qualified applicants for an on-campus interview. We admit 20 students each year. A few select applicants are placed on a wait list should a student have to withdraw from the program for any reason.

The most competitive applicants will have a strong and recent (within the last 5-6 years) academic background in courses such as physics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry, with grades of B or better. They also will have a strong professional background as a registered nurse in an acute care setting, obtained by working in an ICU and evidenced by their CCRN certification.

Q3: How long is the program?   
A3: Webster's MS in Nurse Anesthesia program is a full-time, 30-month program. Admitted students begin in August and graduate in March three calendar years later.

Q4: How much does the program cost, and what is included in the cost?
A4: Our tuition and fees are outlined here

Q5: What is the application deadline and admission timeline?
A5: The postmark deadline is October 1 of each year. Letters inviting qualified applicants for an interview are mailed out by late October. Interviews take place mid-December and decision letters are mailed within two week after the on-campus interview at the Webster Groves, MO, home campus in December. Admitted students begin the program in August.

Q6: What are the requirements for admission?
A6: Please click here.

Q7: What are the required admissions documents?  
A7: Please click here.

Q8: Is the GRE (Graduate Record Entrance) exam required for admission?
A8: No.


Q9: Do I have to have a bachelor's degree in nursing in order to apply?
A9: No. Students must be registered nurses, whether through a 2-year, 4-year, or accelerated BSN program. However, all graduate level applicants must have a prior Bachelor's degree in any field.

Q10: I am re-applying to your program. What documents do I need to re-submit?
A10:

  • An application for admission
  • Purpose statement
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Nursing license
  • Current copies of your ACLS, BLS, CCRN and any other continuing education certifications
  • Official transcripts for any course taken since last applying to the program. 

Re-applicants do not need to:

  • pay another application fee
  • submit a new CRNA shadow verification form
  • or request official transcripts submitted for a previous application year (unless the transcripts are more than 3 years old).

Q11: My undergraduate cumulative GPA was low, but I did well in my nursing classes.  Should I apply or no?
A11: If you have a lower cumulative GPA, it would be necessary to have evidence of strong post-graduation work.  We look for a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 in the most competitive applicants. Specifically, the admissions committee seeks grades of B or better in an applicant's basic science courses. If your science grades were below a B, we would encourage you to repeat some of your basic sciences courses before you apply.


Q12: Can I submit a shadowing letter from an anesthesiologist to satisfy the CRNA verification letter?
A12: No. Students are required to submit a verification letter from a CRNA whom they have shadowed. This step demonstrates an applicant's commitment to pursuing Nurse Anesthesia as a career.


Q13: Can a preceptor write the reference letter as the “immediate supervisor”?
A13: No. A charge nurse would be more acceptable than a preceptor. However, a manager or supervisor is preferred.


Q14: How do I obtain CCRN certification?
A14: You should contact the American Association of Critical Care Nurses at the website link provided. http://www.aacn.org. We prefer that you pass the Adult CCRN.


Q15: I have worked mostly in the ER and/or OR. Would I be competitive with other applicants?
A15: It is necessary to gain acute care experience in an ICU setting before applying. Competitive applicants will have extensive experience with bedside care and nursing skills based on advanced monitoring principles.


Q16: Can students work while they're in the program?
A16: We do not encourage students to work while they are in the Nurse Anesthesia program. Between clinical hours and the academic rigor of the program, students would find it difficult to work. Weekends are usually spared for study and family time.


Q17: How much time is spent in class and clinicals?
A17: Nurse Anesthesia students at Webster follow a 9-week term system. There are five 9-week terms in a calendar year.

Clinical rotations begin approximately 2 months after the first-year students begin the program.  In the first year, students are in class for full days Monday-Thursday with clinicals on Fridays. In the second year, students are in class two days a week with 3 days spent in clinicals.  The last year students have one day of class and 4 days of clinicals. There will also be some on-call hours later in the program.


Q18: Would I be required to do any clinical work outside of St. Louis?   
A18: Yes. Webster has 10 clinical facilities - 4 of which are out of the St. Louis area but within Missouri state boundaries and 1 clinical site which is out of state. Each facility offers a unique set of opportunities. All students are required to do at least one rotation (9-week term) in our rural locations.


Q19: Is any of the program completed through online courses?
A19: Not at this time.


Q20: Are transfer credits accepted?
A20: No. This is a cohort program, meaning that admitted students each year take their courses in a set rotation that cannot be changed, even if students have completed graduate courses at a different institution.


Q21: Is financial aid available?  
A21: Yes, in the form of student loans. Financial assistance from Webster University is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are degree-seeking students at Webster. 

We highly encourage students to seek opportunities for outside sources of funding by creating a student profile on www.fastweb.com.

For additional questions or to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor, contact the Financial Aid Office at 314-968-6992, or 1-800-983-4623. Comprehensive financial aid information is available at http://www.webster.edu/financialaid/index.html


Q22: Can I schedule a time to meet with a representative to learn more about the program?
A22: Absolutely. Prospective students and applicants who have questions about the program and the admission process may contact our Nurse Anesthesia admission counselor:


Sarah Nandor
Associate Director, Office of Admission
Nandor@webster.edu
314-246-7109 | 1-800-753-6765


Please come for a visit to find out more about our program and our campus.

Many students are interested in learning more about our Nurse Anesthesia program and the field in general. To that end, we offer prospective students the opportunity to attend our All Class Conference (ACC). This Conference is held four times during the academic year, and held from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Emerson Library Conference Room located on our Webster Groves Campus. RSVPs are not required.  Please see the ACC schedule below. 

Location: Webster University Home Campus
Emerson Library - Conference Room
(Location may vary)
101 Edgar Road
St. Louis, MO 63119 

                 *Campus Map: http://www.webster.edu/campus-map

  
Time: 1:30-2:00 pm Pre All Class Conference (Question and answer session for prospective students)
2:00-4:00 pm All Class Conference                                                                      


Dates:


October 9, 2014
December 4, 2014                                                                                                                                                 January 15, 2015
April 2, 2015


For further questions about the All Class Conference, please contact the Nurse Anesthesia Department at 314-968-5916.