University of Akron

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Master’s Certificate.

Program Length

27 months, full time

Credit Hours

60 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

Current Ohio State license.

A minimum of one year of current adult critical care experience. Current experience is defined as one consecutive year of adult critical care nursing. Acceptable critical care experience include: Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), and Surgical ICU, Medical ICU. Not acceptable: Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Emergency Room (ER), Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU), Operating Room, Labor and Delivery Room, Step Down, Telemetry Units, or Cardiac Catheterization Labs.

A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate work.

Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 400 in the verbal and quantitative categories and a minimum score of 3.0 in the analytical writing category.

Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) certification prior to interview.

Shadow a CRNA for a minimum of 16 hours.

Prerequisite courses: Basic health assessment skills (BSN level) course, Basic computer skills, and a Graduate level statistics course.


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