University of Pittsburgh

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing, Post-master’s DNP in Anesthesia.

Program Length

28 months, full time

Credit Hours

52 credits

Starting Month

January and August

Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

Current registered nursing license. Need a Pennsylvania license upon admission to the program.

Minimum of 1 year of full time critical care experience within the past 5 years. Critical care experience should involve the following: Assessment of the critically ill and unstable patients, Invasive hemodynamic monitoring, Basic EKG interpretation, Management of vasoactive infusions, and Care of ventilator dependent patients. Not acceptable as primary experience: Telemetry, Neonatal ICU, Operating Room, *Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU or RR), or *Emergency Room. *Exceptions can be considered if the PACU unit is also ICU overflow on a regular basis or has the patient acuity of an ICU, or if the ER is part of an integrated level one shock/trauma OR and ICU system.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher

GRE must be taken within the last 10 years, but last 5 years is preferred.

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

Must have taken a Statistics (3 credits) course.


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