B.S.N. to D.N.P. - Nurse Anesthesiology (D.N.P.)

Photo of Nurse Anesthesiology in ORGain advanced nursing knowledge and clinical skills to provide evidence-based, quality and safe nurse anesthesiology care. Graduates are eligible to seek national certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

2019-2020 Catalog Year

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is designed to prepare graduates with the advanced nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve health care outcomes and to provide evidence-based nursing across diverse health care settings and systems. The curriculum focuses on providing nurses with the solid science foundation needed to enhance critical reasoning judgment in the management of complex health care situations. Core and specialty courses provide knowledge, skills and attributes essential for fully accountable practice in today's health care environment. Emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the demands associated with the increasing complexity of the health care system, improving the safety and quality of patient care delivery, and influencing health care policy.

The curriculum for the post-baccalaureate entry BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major consists of 112 credit hours that are completed over 9 semesters of continuous full-time study.  Graduates of the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major are eligible to seek national certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 

The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Program is a 36-month, university-based program leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree with a major in Nurse Anesthesiology.


Program Accreditation

Information on FGCU institutional accreditation is available at Florida Gulf Coast University Accreditation 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

The Florida Gulf Coast University Nurse Anesthesiology Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001; http://coacrna.org; telephone 847-655-1160. The program's next accreditation review by the COA is October 2022.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The COA has approved the FGCU DNP Nurse Anesthesiology program.  The first BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology cohort will begin May 2020, and the first MSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology cohort will begin May 2021.  Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 239-590-7505 or via email to nurseanesthesiology@fgcu.edu.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major must meet major-specific progression, clinical practice, DNP project, and graduation requirements.  See the DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Guidebook, Graduate Student Handbook, General Graduate Academic Policies, and FGCU Graduation Requirements.

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 112 credit hours of doctoral level course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in the DNP program.
  • Completion of all courses with a grade of "B" or higher, or "S" (Satisfactory) where applicable.
  • Completion of DNP Clinical Practice requirements.
  • Completion of DNP Project requirements.
  • Students must remain continuously enrolled full-time in the sequential Program of Study.
  • Successful completion of all BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology courses in any given semester serves as a prerequisite for progression to the following semester.

Program Requirements

NGR 5431L Clinical Practicum I (1)

NGR 5432L Clinical Practicum II (4)

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 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NGR 6002L Adv Health Assessment Practice (1)

NGR 6140 Adv Physio/Pathophysiology I (4)

NGR 6144 Adv Physio/Pathophysiology II (4)

NGR 6400 Chemistry & Physics for Anesthesia (3)

NGR 6405 Adv Princ of Anesthesia II (4)

NGR 6420 Basic Principles of Anesthesia (4)

NGR 6421 Adv Princ of Anesthesia  I (4)

NGR 6460 Adv Pharmacology I (4)

NGR 6461 Adv Pharmacology II (4)

NGR 6491 Synthesis Seminar (3)

NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)

NGR 6811 Adv Nursing Research (3)

NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (3)

NGR 6949 Clinical Correlation Conference (3)

NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)

NGR 7856 Evidenced-Based Trans Research (3)

NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)

NGR 7899 Organization System & Leadership (3)

NGR 7974 DNP Project (6 total)*

NGR 7473 Regional Anesthesia/Pain Mgmt (3)

NGR 7492 Prof Role-Nurse Anesthetist (3)

NGR 7891 Fin & Mgmt-Anesthesia Practice (3) 

*Credit hours are spread over varying semesters 


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.

Program Admission Requirements

All applications to the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major must be submitted through the FGCU Office of Research and Graduate Studies at http://www.fgcu.edu/Graduate/.  A supplemental School of Nursing application must also be submitted through NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org/.   

  • Please note: In order to access the NursingCAS application for Spring 2020 admission, you must access the link to the NursingCAS 2018-2019 application cycle. Go to the “Welcome to NursingCAS” home page and click on the link provided in the paragraph next to the "Sign In" area.  You will not be able to locate the FGCU BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology application if you log in without following the link to the NursingCAS 2018-2019 application cycle. 

The School of Nursing conducts a competitive admissions process. The following are the minimum requirements for admission.  Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.

Students will be admitted in the Summer semester of each year.  The application deadline for receipt of all application materials is September 15 prior to the year in which entry is sought. Admissions interviews are conducted by invitation during the months of October and November.  Application materials received after September 15 will be considered on a space available basis. 

BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Major Application Requirements: 

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and meet University requirements for admission to graduate studies.
  2. In NursingCAS, provide unofficial transcript(s) for all colleges and universities attended, including a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) transcript from a CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nursing program and a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelor's degree in a nursing program from a foreign institution.
  3. Show evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Provide copy of an unrestricted Florida RN license, or eligibility for RN licensure in Florida.
  5. Provide evidence of a minimum of one year of current practice experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting, as defined by the COA.
  6. Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. Provide a personal statement of professional goals in 350 to 500 words.
  8. Show completion of the following prerequisite undergraduate level nursing courses with a grade of "C" or above:
    Health Assessment, Statistics, and two Chemistry courses (one with a lab).
  1. Three professional references that indicate your potential for doctoral study, clinical proficiency, and academic competence:
  • one from the applicant's supervisor,
  • one from the applicant's academic faculty, and
  • one from an RN, CRNA, or physician familiar with the applicant's professional expertise.
  1. Provide a copy of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, taken within five years of application, with the following preferred minimum scores:
  • 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion.
  1. Provide a signed copy of the FGCU School of Nursing Core Performance Standards Receipt and Acknowledgment form.
  2. Students who have previously matriculated in a nurse anesthesia program must submit official transcripts and a letter of good standing from the nurse anesthesia Program Administrator.
  3. Admissions interview, by invitation, with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee.

BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Program admissions interviews will be conducted by invitation only from approximately 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on the following dates:


Monday, September 30

Tuesday, October 1

Tuesday, October 8

Saturday, October 12

Monday, October 14


Additional Requirements:

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 and ACLS, BLS, and PALS certification while in the program. All students must provide evidence of current immunizations and tuberculosis screening throughout 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 immunizations, 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.

Criminal Background Check:

All students admitted to the DNP-Nurse Anesthesiology major must complete criminal background and drug screen checks after admission to and during the program of study. A student may encounter potential problems with completing clinical practice placements and/or obtaining licensure and certification if he or she has a criminal record. For specific information, contact the Board of Nursing through its website. If a student has a criminal record, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire with the Board of Nursing and certification/credentialing body as to whether a criminal record may limit the student's ability to obtain licensure and/or certification or to practice in certain settings.

Admissions Decisions Appeals:

Admission decisions may be appealed through the Marieb College of Health & Human Services Student Appeals Committee. Contact the Office of the Dean, Marieb College of Health & Human Services at 239-590-7451 for information. If the applicant is not satisfied with the outcome of this process, he or she may then bring their appeal to the University Ombudsman (https://www.fgcu.edu/ombuds/ ).


 MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Class of 2019 Facts


Total number of graduates


First-time & Second-time pass rate 87%; First-time pass rate 66%


Employment rate six (6) months post-graduation


Attrition Rate of Students in the Class of 2019
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