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Admission Information and Deadlines

Qualified candidates for the nurse anesthesia DNP degree are highly-motivated. All admission materials are to be submitted via NursingCAS.
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Graduate applicants must:

  • Complete the DNP application Apply Now to the NursingCAS
  • Submit official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended and demonstrate a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide evidence of successful completion (grade of C or better) in an organic chemistry or biochemistry course with lab.
  • Complete a graduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better prior to enrollment.
  • Possess an unencumbered/unrestricted license as an RN in Illinois or be eligible and obtain upon admission.
  • Provide evidence of current ACLS, BLS, PALs, and CCRN certifications.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations utilizing the NAP-SON form. One recommendation must be from a direct critical care supervisor.
  • Submit a one to two-page written statement (up to 1000 words) addressing person and professional goals related to the DNP program.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae that demonstrates a minimum of one year (two or more preferred) of adult critical care experience.
  • Submission of completed Anesthesia Clinical Observation form (located on NursingCAS).
  • Submission of completed Critical Care Skills Checklist (located on NursingCAS).

International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency as evidenced by a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). There are additional requirements for international students; contact Millikin’s Graduate Nursing Director, 1184 W. Main Street, Decatur, IL 62522, prior to submitting an application.


Application Deadline for Class enrolling January 2023: January 15, 2022
Submit application materials via NursingCAS.

Interviews: April 2022
Interview invitations will be sent following the March 26, 2018 Admissions Committee meeting.

Acceptance Notifications:
Notifications of offered positions will be sent approximately two weeks following the last interview date. Acceptance of your position along with payment the position deposit must be completed by the date stated in the notification letter. Position deposit is applied toward the first semester tuition.

Credentialing: April- December of the year before matriculation
Following acceptance of an offered position, satisfactory credentialing to confirm acceptability into clinical experiences must occur. The failure to obtain credentialing results in the inability to obtain required clinical experiences and, therefore, the forfeiture of the offered position. The credentialing process requires the following be submitted before program matriculation:

  • Position deposit and letter of position acceptance
  • Medical clearance
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Immunizations
  • State of IL Professional Registered Nurse Licensure

Programmatic Orientation:
Orientation for new students entering the nurse anesthesia program (NAP) will be held prior to beginning of classes in January. Information will be provided by Millikin University School of Nursing and Decatur Memorial Hospital Anesthesia School.