University Iowa

Degree Type

DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) with Anesthesia Nursing Specialization.

Program Length

36 months, full time

Credit Hours

74 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN/BAN) from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Current RN license in Iowa or another state.

At least one year of recent full-time critical care nursing experience (post-ADN or post-BSN) as an RN prior to the June 1 deadline. Acceptable critical care experience includes: Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric, Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), or Cardiac Care Unit (CCU). Not accepted: Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), OR nursing, or Emergency Room (ER).

Certifications: BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).

Course Prerequisites: Research Methods, Upper level Statistics – taken no more than 5 years ago, Public Health, Human Development and Behavior, Anatomy, Physiology, Patho-Physiology, Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, General Biology (human or animal), Microbiology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, College Math, and College Physics.


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