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University of Iowa
Nurse Anesthetist Program
Department of Anesthesia
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
C607 General Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA, 52242
Dr. Cormac T O’Sullivan, Ph.D., CRNA, ARNP, Clinical Assistant Professor & Program Director
ph: (319) 384-7354
tf: (800) 553-4692
Paul Schulte, Program Coordinator
ph: (319) 384-7354
CRNA Degree offered
DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Entire Cost of CRNA School for The University of Iowa Nurse Anesthetist Program
*Cost of In State Tuition: $80,756
* Cost of Out of State Tuition: $154,406
*This includes the cost of an application fee, books, and required health insurance if not covered elsewhere.
CRNA Program Summary
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This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
Academic and Clinical experience
At University Iowa, you’ll spend the first three semesters mostly in the classroom, completing the academic phase.
Your fourth semester is transitional. In the mornings of this third semester, you’ll gain your first clinical experiences with your preceptors at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). In the afternoons, you’ll attend a course that will give you a basic overview of the many aspects of anesthesia.
During the fifth semester, you’ll complete your academic courses and begin taking “call” hours under the direction of a faculty anesthesiologist.
Advanced clinical rotations begin the sixth semester and continue through to graduation. During this time, you’ll get at least three months of anesthesia experience in their rural clinical sites, providing you with a foundation in small-town, CRNA-only anesthesia practice.
You’ll have an additional 4-5 weeks providing obstetrical anesthesia, 4-5 weeks administering anesthesia for individuals with multi-system diseases, and 4-5 weeks learning cardiac anesthesia.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Graduate from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program with a baccalaureate or advanced degree in nursing.
Current RN license in Iowa or another state. IA license needs to be obtained by matriculation.
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, however the average experience for admitted students is 2+ years.
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)
- Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
They do not accept:
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
- OR nursing
- Emergency Room (ER)
Cumulative GPA of 3.0. A strong science and math GPA is recommended.
a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or
a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT)
when appropriate for applicants whose native language is not English.
- BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- Upper-level Statistics – taken no more than 5 years ago
- Anatomy, Physiology, pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, General Biology (human or animal), Microbiology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, College Math, College Physics, Computer Competency Skills (a class is not required if you have mastered certain computer skills)
University of Iowa Nurse Anesthetist Program
CRNA School Performance
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University Iowa was last reviewed 10/2010. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation standards. The next review will be 5/2021.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University Iowa
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
First-time test takers for the class of: 90% (2020)
National average (2019): 84.8%
Attrition Rate: 0% (2020)
CRNA Employment Rate: 100% (2020) within 3 months of graduation
An average nurse anesthetist salary in The University of Iowa Nurse Anesthetist Program.
CRNA salaries in Iowa are higher than the national average with an annual mean wage of $202,400.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 study).
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
Class time, clinical hours, and clinical could occupy about 60 hours per week.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Although outside employment is discouraged because of the intense nature of the program, a student may work, with the consent of the program director when:
- It does not interfere with the educational program
- Academic and clinical performance is satisfactory
- The student is not employed during the eight hours prior to any class or clinical assignment
- The student does not miss class or clinical assignments