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

Photo of Nurse Anesthesiology activitiesDevelop advanced nurse anesthesiology knowledge and leadership skills to improve healthcare outcomes, expand evidence-based practice and influence health policy.

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 MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major is for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who hold a master of science in nursing degree.  Students may satisfy the requirements of the MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major curriculum upon completion of 37 credit hours over 6 semesters (24 months) of part-time study. 


Program 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 MSN 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 37 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 follow a Program of Study approved by the Program Director or designee.

Program Requirements

NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)

NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (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 7949L DNP Clinical Practice (4 total)*

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 MSN 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/.   

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.

MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Major Application Requirements:

  1. Submit an application through 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 master’s degree in nursing transcript from a CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) nursing program and a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Provide evidence of successful completion of an entry-level, COA-accredited nurse anesthesia educational program.
  4. Provide evidence of National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) certification and current recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
  5. Show evidence of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Provide copy of an unrestricted Florida APRN license and certification as a nurse anesthetist, or eligibility for APRN license and certification as a nurse anesthetist in Florida.
  7. Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. Provide personal statement of professional goals in 350 to 500 words.
  9. Show completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Graduate level nursing courses with a grade of "B" or better: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment, and Research
    • Undergraduate level course with a grade of “C” or better: Statistics
  10. If applicable, applicants who have attended but not completed another DNP or doctoral nursing program must provide an official transcript from that program and a letter of good standing from the dean of the school of nursing (or designee) that also addresses potential for success in a DNP program.
  11. Provide a signed copy of the FGCU School of Nursing Core Performance Standards Receipt and Acknowledgment form.
  12. Admissions interview, by invitation, with the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee.
  13. 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 a registered nurse, CRNA, or physician familiar with the applicant's professional expertise. 

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 APRN licensure, CRNA certification, 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://www2.fgcu.edu/ombuds/ ).


Background Image

We’re here to answer your questions.

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

School of Nursing

10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

(239) 590-7505