The application requirements have changed. Please read all the information below for the current application requirements updated on 1 November 2023 (2024 application cycle / Summer 2025 Cohort).
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Future applicants: please return to review requirements for your intended Cohort.
- The application opens annually on February 1
- All application requirements must be completed, and documentation received no later than August 1
- Open to civilians, National Guard / Reserve, Army Active Duty and Veterans Administration nurses
- Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen prior to starting the application
The following represents a summary of the application and admission requirements for the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN):
- BSN or MSN degree from a CCNE, ACEN or NLN CNEA accredited program (U.S. programs only); Official transcripts must be submitted for all degrees and course work; must submit proof of a current and unencumbered nursing license (any state)
- BSN or MSN minimum GPA of 3.0
- Basic health sciences minimum GPA of 3.0
- Undergraduate or graduate statistics course
- At least one year of critical care nursing experience as a Registered Nurse*
- An essay or formal letter on your Goals and Objectives
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Letters of recommendation: two required**
- Interview: Qualified applicants must attend a 2-3 day shadow/interview visit coordinated through your Army Healthcare Recruiter or VA Liaison. Active Duty nurses can contact the Baylor/USAGPAN Program Coordinator for assistance in coordinating the Phase 2 interview as needed.
- Optional: (Depending upon personal assessment of their competitiveness, applicants may opt to include this item and potentially strengthen their application.) CCRN or CEN
- Optional: (Depending upon personal assessment of their competitiveness, applicants may opt to include this item and potentially strengthen their application.) GRE within 5 years with a combined verbal/quantitative reasoning score ≥ 300 and/or analytical writing score ≥ 4.0 each being considered independently.
- Optional (Depending upon personal assessment of their competitiveness, applicants may opt to include this item and potentially strengthen their application.): Undergraduate or graduate course in Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry with a grade of B or higher; online or in-residence programs are accepted (no lab required). Applicants need to contact Baylor/USAGPAN Program Coordinator before enrolling into a course to ensure the course can be considered to meet this optional requirement.
- All applicants must be eligible and receive funding to attend the USAGPAN by serving as an Active Duty Army Nurse Corps Officer (determined by US Army Recruiting Command or LTHET) or through the Veterans Administration scholarship program (see chart below). Each of these agencies external to Baylor/USAGPAN have their own requirements and deadlines that differ from the Baylor/USAGPAN application. The following chart is included to help the applicant understand some of the differences between the Baylor/USAGPAN application and that of the external agencies. Please take careful note of external agency deadlines that are well before those of Baylor/USAGPAN.
See the chart below for more details and contact information.
|Additional Agency Application Required?
|Agency application deadline+
|Contact for Agency's details and requirements
|Direct Accession (DA): civilians and National Guard/Reserve service members
|U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
|To be connected with an Active Duty Medical Recruiter contact Baylor/USAGPAN Program Coordinator Jana_Johns@Baylor.edu or call 972-576-9128
|Active Duty (AD) Army Nurses
|Long-Term Health, Education and Training (LTHET)
|USAGPAN Director of Recruiting, LTC Jonathan.G.Yost.mil@Army.mil
|Veterans Administration (VA) Nurses
|VA USAGPAN Liaison Dr. Regina_Daniels@Baylor.edu or Regina.Daniels1@VA.gov.
+Agency deadline dates may be subject to change, please verify dates with your Agency.
++ VA applicants do not have a separate application; they will complete the Baylor requirements and application by May but submission of the Baylor application is not required until August 1.
For any issues with links, email addresses or phone numbers, or additional questions contact Baylor/USAGPAN Program Coordinator, Jana_Johns@Baylor.edu , 972-576-9128.
- Transcripts - Official copies required from all schools attended as noted below:
- All degree-earned transcripts
- Transferred coursework applied to Nursing Degree(s) (submit transcript from original school)
- Electronically sent to Baylor Graduate School at: Grad_Transcripts@baylor.edu
- Or send official copies by U.S. Mail to:
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, Texas 76798-7264
- * Critical Care experience – As defined by the Council on Accreditation (COA), Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, the territories, or a U.S. Military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered nurse is to have developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability, to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. The critical care areas are typically intensive care units. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. (COA Standards pg. 36) Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
- ** Letters of Recommendation, two required – processed through the application portal
2). Peer / professional colleague
Jana Johns, Baylor/USAGPAN Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-576-9128