To be considered for admission to The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.) Program at Midwestern University, students must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Minimum science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    • Courses included in the calculation of the science GPA include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology.
  3. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  4. Satisfactory completion with a C or better of all prerequisite coursework prior to the application (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  5. Licensure to practice as a registered nurse: an unrestricted license to practice in at least one legal jurisdiction in the United States or its territories. The applicant possesses no previous sanctions or restrictions on the RN license.
  6. Minimum of one year of full time critical care registered nursing experience prior to application. Critical care experience includes all types of Adult ICU (Intensive Care Unit), Pediatric ICU, and Emergency Room. Neonatal intensive care unit experience does not meet this requirement. Experience should include management of mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, and vasoactive medication infusions.
  7. Demonstration of sincere understanding of and interest in nurse anesthesia.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with faculty, patients, and colleagues.

Prerequisite Courses


Sem. Hrs.

Qtr. Hrs.

Anatomy & Physiology



General Chemistry (1 course)



*Organic Chemistry is not required but strongly recommended 

*Biochemistry is not required but strongly recommended