If you are applying for the Anesthesia Nursing Program, make sure you choose the Summer 2025 session as your entry session


Admission Requirements Application Process Selection Process

Admission Requirements



  • Graduate from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program with a baccalaureate or advanced degree in nursing. 
  • Possess an unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in one of the U.S. states or territories
    • An Iowa RN License will be required upon matirculation
  • Minimum of one year staff nurse Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience
  • Current certifications in BLS, ACLS, and PALS
  • Completion of the statistics prerequisite course by the start of the program
    • An upper-level statistics course needs to be completed within five (5) years of the application deadline. Acceptable University of Iowa courses are as follows: BIOS:4120, STAT:3510, STAT:4143, PSQF:4143. Equivalent courses from other colleges/universities may be accepted as well. Please use the Transfer Courses section of ISIS to find equivalents (myui.uiowa.edu/my-ui/courses/transfer.page). Please note that the “upper-level” designation refers to a junior/senior level college course.

The admissions committee feels strongly that a good background in the basic science coursework that is part of most health science and/or BSN curricula is critical to success both as a student in our program and as a CRNA after graduation. Refer to the Prerequisites document for a list of these background courses/topic areas. 

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Application Process


Application to the anesthesia nursing program is a two-step process. The first step requires completion of an application to the University of Iowa Graduate College (Graduate College Application). Please pay the required fee. The Graduate College will then contact you by email and provide directions to upload the following documents:

  1. Your personal Goal Statement
  2. The Supplemental Application Form
  3. The Coursework Information Form
  4. Your resume
  5. A copy of your RN license, BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification cards
  6. Contact information, including email addresses for three recommendations. The recommenders will be sent an email and asked to complete this Recommendation Form
  7. You signed Statement of Disclosure

You may submit unofficial transcripts for initial evaluation of your academic work. 

You will be required to submit official transcripts for work done in all undergraduate and graduate courses to the Office of Admissions prior to acceptance. Current and former UI students do not need to submit UI transcripts. 

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Selection Process


During the 2nd week of June, the anesthesia nursing program (ANP) admission’s subcommittee anonymously screen all completed applications. Overall academic achievement, performance in science courses, ICU experience, personal statements, and references will be considered when deciding which applicants will be invited for personal interviews. 

Selected applicants will be notified of their candidacy for admission by mid-June. Selected applicants will be required to come to Iowa City for an interview at the candidate’s expense. Interviews will be conducted at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in late July-early August. Candidates will interview with members of the admissions subcommittee, meet with current students, and have the opportunity to interact with faculty members and staff CRNAs. 

The admissions subcommittee will meet within a week of final interviews and determine applicants to which they would like to offer admission in the next cohort of IOWA DNP-CRNA students. Following the ANP subcommittee recommendations, applicant files will be forwarded to the Graduate College Office of Admissions for final review. Official admission will come from the University of Iowa Graduate College. 

Applicants offered admission must return the Intent to Enroll Form for the DNP degree with a specialization in anesthesia nursing to the University of Iowa Graduate College by a specified date. 

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