Section 508 Website Accessibility

Certain documents on this site are available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. PDF content requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader and can be downloaded by visiting

The University encourages anyone needing assistance in accessing content found on the University's website to contact the FGCU office or department that maintains the webpage. For an accessible version of PDF material, please contact FGCU Adaptive Services at or by calling 239 590-7956.

Skip to site navigation Skip to main content
Skip to main content
Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)

Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)

Frequently Asked Questions

[ open ]
What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?

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.

[ open ]
Where can I find more information about the qualifications and capabilities of a CRNA?
[ open ]
What are the admission requirements for the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?
  1. The School of Nursing has a selective competitive admission process. Not all qualified applicants may be admitted to the program.
  2. Submit a FGCU graduate application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  3. Provide an official academic transcript showing the award of a BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  4. Provide Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, taken within last 5 years, with minimum combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative sections or equivalent score using revised GRE.  Analytical score must also be reported.
  5. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Complete the following undergraduate coursework with a grade of C or above:
    1. Statistics course
    2. Health Assessment Course
    3. Two chemistry courses, one with a laboratory component                                                        
  7. Provide evidence of a minimum one year current practice experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting which incorporates use and interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles.
  8. Submit a current resume and statement of career goals.
  9. Three references, one from the applicant's supervisor, one from the applicant's academic faculty, and one from a registered nurse, CRNA, or physician familiar with the applicant's professional expertise.
  10. Students who have matriculated at another nurse anesthesia program must be in good standing and submit transcripts and a letter from their Program Administrator along with other supporting documents.

    Note: ACLS, BLS, and PALS are not required for application to the program but are required to have been completed before the student begins the program. All students must maintain current RN licensure, ACLS, BLS, and PALS while in the program. All students must complete level one and two background checks and drug and alcohol screening prior to formal admission to the program. Additionally, further background checks and drug screening may be required during the program. Details on these procedures will be given after applicants are interviewed and conditionally accepted.
[ open ]
Is the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program Accredited?

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; ; 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

[ open ]
Are graduates of the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program eligible to take a certification examination?

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). 

[ open ]
How do I apply to the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?

Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or for an application for admission and additional information about the application process

[ open ]
What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for Spring admission is June 1. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office on or before the deadline.

[ open ]
What kind of nursing experience do I need for admission to the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?

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).

[ open ]
Am I required to be a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida?

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. 

[ open ]
Am I required to have an admissions interview?

The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Sub-Committee invites qualified applicants for admissions interviews, which are held in June and July.

[ open ]
What are the tuition and fees for attending the Nurse Anesthesia Program?

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:  In addition, there are MSN-Nurse Anesthesia program and course-specific fees that are assessed every semester. 

[ open ]
Can I enroll as a part-time student?

No.  The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28 month, full time program.

[ open ]
Can I work as a Registered Nurse while enrolled in the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia 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

[ open ]
What is the grading scale for courses in the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?

The grading scale is as follows:

Numerical Grade Range                                Letter Grade


                93-100                                          A

                85-92                                            B

                78-84                                            C

                 70-77                                           D

                 Less than 70                                F

[ open ]
What is the Clinical Practicum experience?

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.

[ open ]
Will I be required to travel to clinical sites for Clinical Practicum?

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.