FAQ

When do you accept applications?
The application deadline is June 15th of each calendar year.  The full-time course of study begins in January each year. We are currently accepting applications for the cohort beginning January 2018. Applications will not be reviewed until all required application materials are received.

What standardized test is required for admission?
UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University requires applicants applying for enrollment to submit a competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to Gannon University - GRE code 2270. 

Can I apply online?
Yes, click on this link for an on-line application.

How many applicants are accepted each year?
Approximately twenty student registered nurse anesthetists are accepted per cohort.

Is part-time study available?
No, the Nurse Anesthesia program is a full time course of study option.

How long is the program and when does it start?
The program is 28-months in length and begins the first week in January annually.

How many years of nursing experience must I have before applying to the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University?
Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia Program are required to have a minimum of two years, recent, full-time acute care RN experience prior to applying to the program. Preferred acute care experience is obtained in a CTICU, or SICU. Emergency Department experience is only considered if obtained in a large trauma center. Post Anesthesia Care Unit experience is only considered if obtained in a unit where open heart, cardiothoracic, cardiovascular, or neuro patients recover before admission to a SICU. The applicant’s critical care experience must demonstrate management of the acutely ill patient with invasive hemodynamic monitoring, ventilatory care, and pharmacologic intervention.

Will I have the summers off?
No. UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University is a full-time 28-month continuous program of study.

Can I work during school?
Very few student registered nurse anesthetists are able to work on a regular basis and successfully complete the program requirements. The average student registered nurse anesthetist commits a minimum of 56 hours/week of time to the course of study.

I already have a Masters of Science in Nursing; do I have to get a second Masters degree in Nursing?
No, the program has an approved post masters certificate option.

Is an interview required for admission?
Yes, “In-Person” interviews are conducted annually as a component of the admissions process. Applications to the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University are reviewed based on published admissions criteria. Interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants. Meeting the published admissions criteria does not guarantee a granting of interview or admission into the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University.

Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, the Gannon University Office of Financial Aid is available for assistance with the financial aid process. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (814) 871-7337 or at   http://www.gannon.edu/financialaid/default.asp for more information.

What is the accreditation status of the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University?
UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University received initial Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs in 1970. Full COA accreditation status has been maintained since this initial granting.

What is my next step?
We invite you to contact the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia at 814-877-2938 or toll free at 800-937-9133 ext. 2938 to obtain more information or to arrange a personal visit to the school.