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Today's Anesthesia Training for Tomorrow's Fight!
Mission Statement: The USAGPAN supports the AMEDDC&S mission by producing clinicians, educated in the complexity of practice at the doctoral level and competent in the unique skills of anesthesia nursing. The graduate nurse anesthetist is prepared to function as a leader advocating for quality patient care in time of peace, and when necessary, in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian missions. The U.S. Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for nearly 50 years. Since 1969, Army graduates have earned graduate degrees through University based affiliations. USAGPAN currently produces virtually all active duty Army CRNAs and provide specialized training in regional and field anesthesia to ensuring students are mission-ready.
USAGPAN consists of two phases: a 12 month didactic phase at Fort Sam Houston, TX followed by a 24 month clincal phase at one of these sites---Click here to see the Phase 2 locations. The program is open to Active Duty Army and Air Force, Reserve, and Civilian Applicants.
Successful completion of this 36 month program results in an Active Duty obligation of 5 years (per DOD instruction) and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree awarded from Northeastern University School of Nursing.
The following represents a brief summary of the application and admission requirements for the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing:
2. Two years "time on station" by date that PCS is required (only if applicant is active duty, civilians and
reservists can apply directly to the program). If the soldier is overseas, they have to complete their overseas
tour prior to school (i.e. for Europe and Hawaii, that's a three year TOS requirement).
3. Undergraduate statistics course
4. Recommended overall GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours completed
5. Recommended undergraduate class in either Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry
6. ALL Applicants (Active Duty, Reserve, Civilian) must have at least one year of Acute Care Nursing
which is defined as work experience during which an RN has developed as an independent decision-maker
capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and
pharmacological principles. USAGPAN considers the following areas as meeting experience requirements
in accordance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs:
A. ICU (i.e. SICU, MICU, CCU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU, PICU, NICU)
B. Other areas of consideration (ER, PACU experience) will be evaluated on a case by case basis
depending on patient acuity.
7. GRE within five years: Target scores for each section --Quantitative 500 (old scoring) or 144 (new scoring),
Verbal 500 (old scoring) or 153 (new scoring), plus score of 3.5 or higher on writing component. An
aggregate score of 295 (any combination) will be acceptable for application submission.
8. Letters of recommendations:
A. Army Active Duty Applicants, Reserve and Civilian Applicants: Army CRNA Phase 2 Director***,
Chief Nurse, and one other.
B. Air Force Applicants: Air Force Chief CRNA, Chief Nurse, and Supervisor.
C. Veterans Administration Applicants: VA Phase 2 Director, Supervisor, and one other.
*** ALL Army applicants must have a Phase 2 interview. Direct Accession applicants (Reservists and Civilian) will have a 3 day interview coordinated by their healthcare recruiter. Active Duty applicants can either show up in person at a Phase 2 site or send their records electronically. Active Duty applicants still must interview with their local Chief Nurse Anesthetist. The Phase 2 Director will skype, teleconference, or VTC with the applicant after talking with the local Chief and checking their records.
NOTE: USAGPAN cannot accept transfer credit into the program secondary to Army requirements.
There are two deadlines for application
The deadline for applicants for the first round of applications is July 1st. The deadline for the second round of applications is November 1st. As our application pool is consistently increasing in size, it is highly advisable to get your application in during the first round of applicants.
For those Reservists and Civilian Applicants: YOU CAN APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM. If your recruiter tells you that you must come into the Army as a Nurse first, this is NOT true. You can apply directly to the program.