DNP in Nurse Anesthesia Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university.

  • A letter grade of a B or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.
  • Labs are not required for science courses.
  • Applicants must complete two chemistry courses including General chemistry and one of the following: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, or Biochemistry.
  • Prerequisites do not have to be completed by the application deadline, but rather by the start of the program. However, it is strongly recommended to complete all requirements by the application deadline. 
  • There is no expiration date for prerequisite courses, except for statistics.
  • Online and community colleges are acceptable for prerequisite courses.
  • Advanced placement courses are acceptable if itemized on the transcript.

Statistics (must be completed within the last 5 years of the start term of the program)

A statistics course must be completed within five years of the anticipated start term of the Columbia University School of Nursing program. The following types of courses may satisfy the requirement: Introduction to Statistics, Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Business Statistics, Probability Theory, Statistical Design, and Experiment Analysis. A statistics course should include mastery of the following concepts:

  • Measures of central tendency, dispersion, graphs, the chi-square distribution, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, t-tests, and correlation.
  • Principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics.

Health/Physical Assessment

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Integration of concepts and theories of biological, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge to impact health promotion, health maintenance, and illness care.
  • Concepts of prevention, anticipatory guidance, and early detection of risk factors incorporated into holistic care.


A course in this area should teach and provide students with a survey of inorganic and physical chemistry along with an introduction to organic chemistry.

Inorganic Chemistry

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Basic principles and calculations of chemistry with an emphasis on stoichiometry and dimension analysis applied to various problem types.
  • Fundamental principles and theory of atomic and molecular structure as related to bonding and molecular geometry. 
  • Study of various molecular theories and laws, as well as the relationship of the periodic elements.

Organic Chemistry

A course in this area should include the following concepts:

  • Basic principles that provide an understanding on the structure and reactivity of organic molecules.
  • Applications to the properties and transformations of materials such as energy, gas laws, etc.


A course in this area should cover the fundamentals of biochemistry. The following concepts should be included:

  • The structure and function of important biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Enzyme kinetics and the use of cofactors and coenzymes.
  • Metabolic pathways including glycolysis, TCA, electrontransport system, fatty acid and amino acid pathways.


Questions about prerequisite courses should be emailed to the Office of Admissions at To verify whether a course satisfies our requirements, please include a copy of the course description and/or syllabus.