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William F. Connell School of Nursing

How to Apply: Nurse Anesthesia Specialty

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Thank you for your interest in applying to the William F. Connell School of Nursing. Please read all the forms and materials carefully. These forms contain important details, and we recommend that you review each one in advance to ensure that you have the necessary information to complete all materials by the nurse anesthesia application deadline of June 30. Interviews will be scheduled upon completion of applicant review.

program eligibility

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • An undergraduate grade point average of B or better
  • A completed course in statistics‡
  • A current Massachusetts RN license*
  • A minimum of one year of critical care experience as an RN
  • ACLS and PALS certification
Not a requirement for additional specialty certificate applicants
* Massachusetts RN license is required for matriculation but an unrestricted RN license from any state is acceptable for the application process

required application materials

  • Online application form
  • $40 application fee (can be submitted online via Agora Portal or mailed with cover sheet)
  • Official transcripts of all prior postsecondary academic work (including at BC)Please note that all transcripts must be official and mailed directly from the institution to our Application Processing Center. If the institution does not accept the cover page, you must ensure that the name on your transcript exactly matches the name on your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Graduate Office (617-552-4928) if an academic transcript has been submitted under a different last name and does not have a cover page.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A reference from an immediate supervisor
    • An academic reference
    • An academic or professional reference
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically. When you register your reference writers through the application system, they will immediately receive an email with the link to the electronic reference form. As such, we suggest that you contact your references prior to registering them through the online application.
    • References will have the option to upload a supporting letter in Word or PDF format.
    • If you would like your references to receive the electronic form before you have completed the online application, you may go directly to the "Recommendations" link on the application and register your references before filling out the rest of the form.
    • You can log back into your application to check which letters have been received, as well as to send reminder emails to your references.
  • Goal statement that articulates academic and career goals, as well as an understanding of the nurse anesthetist role
  • A copy of your current RN license
  • Official GRE scores*
    *Please allow 2-4 weeks for test scores to be received in order to meet application deadline
  • Evidence of all required licensure and certification (RN, ACLS, and PALS)
  • TOEFL -Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. A score of 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test), or 100 on the new IBT (Internet Based Test) or higher on the Test of English, as a foreign language (TOEFL) is required. Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States,  Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

additional requirements for international students

  • Official transcript(s) evaluation (by the Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools or World Education Services) from all post-secondary institutions at which you have studied
  • NCLEX-RN Examination results/RN licensure
  • TOEFL -Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL)-- Official TOEFL scores are required for students whose native language is other than English. A score of 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the CBT test (Computer-Based Test), or 100 on the new IBT (Internet Based Test) or higher on the Test of English, as a foreign language (TOEFL) is required. Please request that your scores be sent to the William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing by using our institutional code 3062 in the designated areas. Student copies or photocopies of TOEFL are not accepted.
    • You can get application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consolates, USIA Centers, and TOELF centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or www.toefl.org.
    • The TOEFL score is not required if you meet both of the following criteria:  You are a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean AND your native language is English.

 

supplemental forms

Based on the answers you provide in your application, you may need one or more of the following forms to complete your application:

 

SUBMITTING APPLICATION MATERIALS

Completed application materials should be sent to the following address:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Processing Center
P.O. Box 8147
Portsmouth, NH 03802
 

In order to be processed, all materials must be submitted on official forms or with appropriate official cover sheets that includes your full name, social security number (if applicable), and date of birth. This information will be used to match your application to all supplementary materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) Failure to include the appropriate form/cover may delay or prevent your application from being reviewed.

Please note that the mailing address listed above does not accept deliveries from Fedex, UPS, or other express mail services. If you need to submit materials in an expedited fashion, please send to:

Boston College
William F. Connell School of Nursing Document Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue, Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801