A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse who is trained and educated to practice with a high degree of autonomy in every setting in which anesthesia care is delivered. CRNAs safely administer more than 34 million anesthetics each year in the United States and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America and the US military. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers for the vast majority of rural hospitals and underserved areas.
Visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website at http://www.aana.com/ceandeducation/becomeacrna/Pages/Qualifications-and-Capabilities-of-the-Certified-Registered-Nurse-Anesthetist-.aspx
Yes. “The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010; http://home.coa.us.com ; telephone (847)-692-7050.” The program's next accreditation review by the COA will be in 2022.
“The master’s degree in nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.” The program's next accreditation review by CCNE will be in 2019.
Information on FGCU institutional accreditation is available at http://www.fgcu.edu/Provost/accreditation.html
Completion of a nurse anesthesia educational program that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is one factor that the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRBA) uses to establish eligibility for the National Certification Examination (NCE). Please see the NCE Candidate Handbook , which may be accessed at http://www.nbcrna.com/certification/Documents/20140303%20NCE%20Candidate%20Handbook.pdf
Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for admission and additional information about the application process
The application deadline for Spring 2016 admission is June 1, 2015. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office on or before the deadline.
You must have at least one (1) year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting, as defined by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
Yes. You must provide evidence of current and unrestricted registration as a Registered Nurse with eligibility for Florida RN licensure at the time of application. All students must continuously maintain current and unrestricted Florida RN licensure while enrolled in the program.
The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Sub-Committee invites qualified applicants for admissions interviews, which are held in July and early August.
The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia program of study is 81 credit hours. Please see the Tuition and Fee Schedule for In-State and Out-of-State graduate students, which may be accessed at the Office of the Bursar’s website: http://www.fgcu.edu/Cashiers/tuition-and-fees.html. In addition, there are MSN-Nurse Anesthesia program and course-specific fees that are assessed every semester.
No. The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28 month, full time program.
The Nurse Anesthesia curriculum is rigorous and time consuming, and therefore, working outside of the Program is strongly discouraged. Students can expect to spend approximately 64 hours per week in class, labs and studying. Also, please see the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Guidebook for the complete Students Working Outside of Nurse Anesthesia Program Policy, which may be accessed at http://www.nbcrna.com/certification/SiteAssets/Pages/Program-Administration/2015%20NCE%20Handbook.pdf
The grading scale is as follows:
Numerical Grade Range Letter Grade
Less than 70 F
Students gain clinical experience through activities that are supervised by CRNA and/or anesthesiologist clinical instructors. Examples of experiences include but are not limited to the actual administration of anesthesia, in-house call, preanesthesia assessment, postanesthetic assessment, patient preparation, OR preparation, clinical rounds, and simulation. Students receive far above the minimum number of cases that are required to establish eligibility for the National Certifcation Examination (NCE).
After the second semester, Clinical Practicum schedules do not follow the FGCU Academic Calendar. From the third to through the seventh semester, students may request up to twenty (20) days personal leave, which is granted at the discretion of the Program Director.
Yes. The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program currently maintains clinical sites in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and St. Lucie counties. In order to obtain a broad variety of clinical experiences, students should expect to rotate to each clinical site for a minimum of one (1) month.