CRNA Admission Process Timeline
October 6, 2014
CRNA Information Session
November 1, 2014
CRNA application deadline
Please note that applications may be accepted after the application deadline on a space available basis; please check with the Office of Admission.
November 1–December 1, 2014
Applications under review in the Office of Admission
Please note when your file has been reviewed, you will receive an email summarizing details of your file.
November 10-December 1, 2014
Email notification sent to all applicants with a copy of this time line.
Sent by CRNA Admission Counselor.
November 27-28, 2014
University closed-Thanksgiving Holiday
December 5, 2014-January 9, 2015
Files sent to CRNA admission committee for interview consideration
Applicants will receive an email that their file has been forwarded to the department.
December 25, 2014-January 1, 2015
University Closed-Winter Break
January 2, 2015
Complete FAFSA for 2014-2015 academic year.
January 19, 2015
University closed- Martin Luther King Day
January 20-22, 2015
Interviews invitations sent out via email/hard copy.
Sent from the CRNA department
January 23, 2015
Additional applicants may be considered for interview if there is space available.
January 30, 2015
Students scheduled for interviews must turn in any new or updated documents by this date to have them included in their interview files
Submit to your admission counselor
February 16, 2015
University closed-Presidents’ Day
February 18-20, 2015
Conducted by CRNA department. Refer to details below.
February 23-25, 2015
Admission decisions are sent out via email.
From CRNA department
February 27, 2015
Official Samuel Merritt University admission decision letters (accepts, wait list, and denials) are sent out via email.
From Admission Office
March 2, 2015 and ongoing
Wait listed or denied applicants may contact the Office of Admission for advice on improving their applications for the next admission cycle.
April 1– July 31, 2015
Student Health Paperwork due for accepted/deposited students.
Received in your acceptance checklist and return to Student Health Department
April 1 – August 31, 2015
CRNA specific series of communications via email and/or hard copy to incoming class.
Sent from CRNA Department
April 13, 2015
CRNA Information Session
May 1– August 31, 2015
Financial aid packaging begins
Sent from financial aid office. Must have completed the FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
June 13-14, 2015
Diversity CRNA Information Session and Airways Simulation Weekend
July 13-17, 2015
Information sent by the Registrar’s Office
August 26-27, 2015
Mandatory New Student Orientation
Information sent from Coordinator of Student Services
August 31, 2015
September 30, 2015
Last date to send in official transcripts
*This is a tentative timeline for the admission cycle for the CRNA program and is intended for representative purposes only.
Applying Via CollegeNet
All applicants apply through CollegeNet: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/smer/ .
For questions about application service please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org . Through this system you will need to do the following:
- Upload unofficial copies of all college/university transcripts (officials will be required at the time of acceptance only)
- Upload copies of all: writing samples, certifications, resumes, etc.
- Recommendations: you will enter their contact information, where they will be sent an email immediately; upon their completion of the form and uploading of their written letter, you will receive an email telling you the reference has been submitted.
- One you submit your application online, you will receive an immediate confirmation from CollegeNet that we have received your application.
May I send in supplemental documents?
Any additional documents to your application file should be mailed or emailed to:
Office of Admission
Samuel Merritt University
Address: 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 110 Oakland, CA 94609
Has my application been received?
You will receive an email from CollegeNet upon submission of your application that it has been received.
How is my application file reviewed by the CRNA admission counselor?
The CRNA admission counselor will review files to see which files meet the minimum admission requirements:
- Most recent 60 semester/90 quarter unit GPA = 3.0 or higher
- Overall GPA (all colleges/universities attended) = 3.0 or higher
- All science GPA (biology, chemistry, physics)
- Minimum combined GRE score = 290 combined or higher (competitive was a 309)
- All prerequisites accounted for (may be in progress at the time of application)
- 3 letters of recommendation accounted for
- ACLS/PALS/RN accounted for
- Account for all other admission documentation that is required
All applicants will receive a summary email indicating that their file has been reviewed. Applicants missing documentation will have this noted in that email. Documents not submitted in a timely manner will be considered incomplete and risk being denied for missing documents. Those that meet the minimum requirements will have a notation that your file has been sent to the CRNA department for interview consideration.
What if I am planning to retake the GRE examination for a better score?
Please no later than December 5, 2014 and self-report your scores to the CRNA admission counselor as soon as they are available.
How will I know I am invited to interviews?
You will receive a letter via email and/or mail from the CRNA department inviting you to interviews. Follow-up calls to those who have not responded by the deadline will be made by the CRNA Program Manager. Please refer to the timeline above for specific dates.
What happens if I am not invited to interviews?
The faculty review committee usually places files into three (3) groups of applicants to be invited to interview. This is based on admission all components of the application. Denial letters are not sent out until after interviews have been completed. If you were not selected for an interview you will have an opportunity to speak with the CRNA admission counselor regarding advice to improve your file. For dates and details about when you will be notified to discuss your file, please refer to the above timeline.
What is the interview like?
Applicants invited to interview will be asked to do the following:
- Professional attire
- Come with questions for the faculty and/or students of the program
- Submit any additional application documents you may need to turn no later than January 30, 2015. Documents may include but are not limited to: transcripts, proofs of enrollment in spring courses, letters of recommendation, updated certifications, new certifications, etc.)
- Participate in a 15-20 minute interview that is comprised of several key members from the CRNA department.
What is faculty looking for in an applicant during the interview?
Knowledge about Samuel Merritt University and our CRNA program
- Knowledge about the CRNA profession and why you chose CRNA as a career
- Professionalism in an interview
- Maturity in relation to the field and being a student in the program
- Exposure to a CRNA (shadowing experience)
How many students do we plan to seat?
How many students do you wait list?
An average of about 15
Post Interview Admission Decisions
Interview decisions are given out within one (1) week after interviews have been completed. Students may be categorized into one of the following areas:
Conditional Acceptance: you must submit a $350 tuition deposit within ten (10) days of receiving your acceptance letter and you must complete all admission requirements by the start of the program. It is best to pay via the online link provided in your acceptance letter as you will receive confirmation of payment; should you have challenges with that system you may pay via credit card by calling the Campus Service Center 510-869-1550 and providing your name and student ID number (provided in your acceptance package).
Wait List: you will be provided a wait list number. Faculty ranks all students for the wait list based on a variety of factors. We will continue to call off of the wait list through the start of classes. You will receive weekly updates as to your wait list status via email from your admission counselor. You may call the CRNA admission counselor after you receive your decision to set-up a phone appointment as how to improve your application for the next admission cycle.
Denied Applicants: you may call the CRNA admission counselor after you receive your decision to set-up a phone appointment as to why you were denied after interview and any recommendations for improvement.
What happens if I am still taking courses in spring or summer 2015?
You may list them in your application as in progress for spring or summer 2015. Once the course(s) are complete, please send in official documentation to: Office of Admission 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 110 Oakland, CA 94609
What if I am planning to complete the CCRN exam during the admission process?
Please work to take it before January 31, 2015 so that faculty has your results before interviews. Submit your planned test date to the CRNA admission counselor as soon as you have it. Once you have obtained the certification, please fax or mail in a copy to the Office of Admission.
CRNA PROGRAM CONTACTS
Assistant Director of Admission
|General Program/Admission Committee|
|CRNA Admission Committee |