ignorance is blissIn my university, it is a policy of the Graduate School, which governs our program. I have done an exhaustive review of the literature which shows that the correlation between GRE scores and all possible indices of success in graduate school is very, very weak. Also, the margin of error in GRE scoring, at least in the old system, makes using the scores as a cut-off dubious at best. In the range where nurse anesthesia students typically fall out, the margin of error is huge. I have also taken individual cases to them -- some of my very best students had scores below our criteria, and some of our biggest failures had very high scores.
They won't budge on the requirement. Even for people who already have an MSN degree from another institutions. In fact, this brings up a point of extreme bitterness. GRE scores are only reportable for 5 years, so we cannot consider scores that are less than 5 years old, even if we have documentation. When I applied for the PhD program at my own institution, they told me that I would have to retake the GRE since my scores were outdated. They have a record of my old scores which were very good, and I completed their MSN program with a 4.0, and I am a long-term faculty member and administrator in the Graduate School and the College of Nursing. The research I did for them just on the GRE would satisfy the requirements of a PhD thesis, and as an aside it showed that use of the GRE is mostly junk science. No dice, they did not accept my application without new GRE scores.
My one victory is that we no longer have any requirement for the analytic portion, which has repeatedly been shown to have no statistical significance at all when examining any measure of success in graduate education.