Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)

College of Health Professions and Social Work
School of Nursing
(239) 590-7505

2013-2014 Catalog Year

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a university-based program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree with a major in Nurse Anesthesia. It is the only university-based nurse anesthesia program leading to a M.S.N. in Southwest Florida.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1120; telephone (202)-887-6791. The program's next accreditation review by CCNE is spring 2019. 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 is October 2012.

Program Admission Requirements

  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 current and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse with eligibility for Florida RN licensure.
  8. Provide evidence of a minimum one year current practice experience as a registered nurse in acute care setting which incorporates use and interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles.
  9. Submit a current resume and statement of career goals.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses in the Major (81 hrs)

  • NGR 5431L Clinical Practicum I (1)
  • NGR 5432L Clinical Practicum II (1)
  • NGR 5433L Clinical Practicum III (6)
  • NGR 5434L Clinical Practicum IV (6)
  • NGR 5435L Clinical Practicum V (6)
  • NGR 5436L Clinical Practicum VI (6)
  • NGR 5437L Clinical Practicum VII (6)
  • NGR 6002 Health Appraisal and Interpretation (3)
  • NGR 6002L Health Appraisal and Interpretation (1)
  • NGR 6140 Pathophysiology I (2)
  • NGR 6144 Pathophysiology II (2)
  • NGR 6143 Adv. Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology IV (1)
  • NGR 6149 Adv. Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology III (1)
  • NGR 6156 Adv. Anatomy & Physiology I (2)
  • NGR 6165 Adv. Anatomy & Physiology II (2)
  • NGR 6400 Chemistry & Physics in Nurse Anesthesia (2)
  • NGR 6405 Adv. Principles of Anesthesia II (3)
  • NGR 6410 Perioperative Technology (1)
  • NGR 6420 Basic Principles of Anesthesia (3)
  • NGR 6421 Adv. Principles of Anesthesia I (3)
  • NGR 6460 Pharmacology I (4)
  • NGR 6461 Pharmacology II (4)
  • NGR 6491 Synthesis Seminar (3)
  • NGR 6740 Concepts & Roles in Advanced Nursing (3)
  • NGR 6811 Scholarly Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • NGR 6894 Global Trends & Practice Perspectives (3)
  • NGR 6949 Clinical Correlation Conf. (3)


Additional Graduation Requirements

Apply for graduation by deadline indicated in the university calendar.

Progression Requirements

Students in this program must meet specific progression, clinical and graduation requirements. See the Nurse Anesthesia (NA) Program Guidebook.