Application Requirements

Please read all the information below.

Please use the Inquiry Form

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.

The following represents a summary of the application and admission requirements for the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN):

  1. 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
  2. GRE within five years: competitive combined score, writing 3.5 required, submit official score reports to Baylor Graduate School, Waco, TX, CEEB code: 6032 or select Baylor University in Waco, Texas in the “Graduate” category
  3. BSN or MSN GPA of 3.0 and an overall science GPA of 3.0
  4. Undergraduate or graduate statistics course
  5. Current Within 5 Years - Undergraduate or graduate course in Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry; online or in-residence programs are accepted (no lab required)
  6. At least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting*
  7. An essay or formal letter on your Goals and Objectives
  8. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  9. Letters of recommendation: three required**
  10. Interview: Qualified applicants must attend a 2-3 day shadow/interview before August 1st. Coordinated through your Army Medical Recruiter or VA liaison
  11. Direct Accessions: Direct Accession Applicants must work with an Active Duty U.S. Army Medical (AMEDD) Recruiter to be considered for an appointment onto active duty . To locate a Medical Recruiter near you go to:

Additional Application Details:

  • 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:  
      • Or send official copies by U.S. Mail to:  
        Baylor University
        Graduate Admissions
        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. 35) 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, three required – processed through the application portal 

1). Supervisor

2). Peer / professional colleague

3). Post Shadow/Interview Letter from CRNA Faculty (sent internally by the writer)

  • CCRN is preferred, but not required.
  • Direct Accession applicants: Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) admission is a separate and distinct admission process.  You must be selected for both an Army active duty appointment (Direct Accession) and selected for admission to the USAGPAN program by Baylor University LHSON.


Application Checklist


Jana Johns, USAGPAN Program Coordinator, or 972-576-9128