The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28-month, university-based program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree with a major in Nurse Anesthesia. This is the only university-based nurse anesthesia program leading to an M.S.N. in Southwest Florida.
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. COA has approved the FGCU DNP Nurse Anesthesiology program and the first doctoral cohort will begin May 2020.
Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at (239) 590-7505 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transition of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Major to the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology MajorToggle More Info
The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology (BSN-DNP NA) program has been approved by the COA to start in 2020. The last MSN NA Program cohort of students was admitted in January 2019. All students who were admitted in January 2019 are expected to graduate at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
The MSN NA Program is a full-time, locked-step program of study, which requires students to be enrolled full time and to follow the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration Progression Plan throughout the entire sequence of seven (7) semesters. Any student admitted in January 2019 who is granted a School of Nursing Leave of Absence (LOA) during semesters 1 through 3 of the program and is granted permission to return will be transitioned into the BSN-DNP NA Program with the earliest following admission cohort as designated by the MSN NA Program Director. Any student admitted in January 2019 who is granted a School of Nursing Leave of Absence (LOA) during semesters 4 through 7 of the program and is granted permission to return will be provided with an Individualized Plan of Study by the MSN NA Program Director. The Individualized Plan of Study may include directed independent study courses and courses delivered in face-to-face, online, hybrid, and/or other distance learning formats, and all graduation requirements must be met by the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Any student who is placed on an Individualized Plan of Study and does not meet all graduation requirements by the end of the Spring 2022 semester will be dismissed. The MSN NA Program courses will no longer be offered after the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester.
Please refer to the current MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Guidebook for all applicable standards, policies, and guidelines.
AccreditationToggle More Info
Information on FGCU institutional accreditation is available at http://www.fgcu.edu/Provost/accreditation.html
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.
Admissions InformationToggle More Info
Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website www.fgcu.edu/graduate or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or email@example.com for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.
See program website at URL listed above.
The MSN Nurse Anesthesia program is no longer accepting applications. The program is transitioning to the D.N.P. Nurse Anesthesia in 2020.
Program RequirementsToggle More Info
Program Requirements for the 2018-2019 Catalog Year
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students in this program must meet specific progression, clinical and graduation requirements. See the Nurse Anesthesia (NA) Program Guidebook, Graduate Student Handbook, General Graduate Academic Policies and FGCU Graduation Requirements.
- Apply for graduation by deadline indicated in the university calendar.
Required Courses in the Major (81 credits)
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 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NGR 6002L Adv Health Assessment Practice (1)
NGR 6140 Pathophysiology I (2)
NGR 6144 Pathophysiology II (2)
NGR 6143 Adv. Anat, Physio. & Path IV (1)
NGR 6149 Adv. Anat, Physio. & Path III (1)
NGR 6156 Adv. Anatomy and Physiology I (2)
NGR 6165 Adv. Anatomy and Physiology II (2)
NGR 6400 Chem &Phys in Nurse Anesthesia (2)
NGR 6405 Adv. Principles NA Practice 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 of Adv Practice (3)
NGR 6811 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
NGR 6894 Global Trends & Practice Perspectives (3)
NGR 6949 Clinical CorrelationConference (3)
Total Credits Required: 81 HRS
Course DescriptionsToggle More Info
Official Course Descriptions
Search for official course descriptions by using the Course Description Search utility.
Go to the Course Descriptions Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select a course prefix from one of the SUBJECT dropdowns (required)
- Enter search words in the TEXT field (optional, but will narrow the search results)
- Press Search
Course ScheduleToggle More Info
Getting started with the Course Schedule Search
Search for program courses by using the Course Schedule Search utility.
Go to the Course Schedule Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select one or more of the search options to narrow your results (for example, CAMPUS, COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT, LEVEL, PREFIX*, COURSE ATTRIBUTE**). For virtual or web courses, select VIRTUAL in the CAMPUS field.
- Press Search.
*A course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline (for example, ACG for Accounting , BSC for Biological Science, ENC for English Composition). See the Degree Requirements page for a list of courses (with prefix and number) that can be used to fulfill degree requirements.
**A course attribute identifies specific characteristics of courses that can be used in a Degree Evaluation to satisfy a degree requirement. (Course attribute examples are Humanities courses - GEHM and Social Science courses - GESO.)
Learning OutcomesToggle More Info
Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will:
- Create advanced nursing practice roles that merge from client needs.
- Exercise critical thinking to design and implement innovative approaches that are financially viable, culturally connected, evidence-based, and community partnered.
- Practice as caring scholar, advanced practice nurses who are singularly sensitive and critically reflective.
- Exhibit professional leadership by influencing policy processes aimed at improving global health.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial AssistanceToggle More Info
Tuition and Fees
Information on Tuition, Fees and estimated total Cost of Attendance is available on the Office of the Bursar web site.
Financial Aid Opportunities
Visit FGCU's Financial Aid Web site for information about grants, additional scholarships, loans, and student employment.
Program Specific Fees
The cost per credit hour is the standard charge at FGCU for graduate credits. In addition to the tuition charges and standard fees, there is a student fee associated with each Clinical Practice Course (I - VII), and there is also an Equipment fee charged each semester.
Clinical SitesToggle More Info
Our Current clinical sites are listed on this page. All are in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Polk Counties. Clinical sites used by the program may change before or during a students time at FGCU. In the future, sites may include elective or mandatory clinical sites requiring travel to other counties in Florida. If a student must travel to a distant site for a mandatory rotation, housing will be provided. Students will be responsible for travel to sites in Florida.
(Links are to external sites maintained by the clinical sites, not by FGCU)
What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?Toggle More Info
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.
Where can I find more information about the qualifications and capabilities of a CRNA?Toggle More Info
Are graduates of the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program eligible to take a certification examination?Toggle More Info
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).
What is the application deadline?Toggle More Info
The application deadline for Spring admission is May 15. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office on or before the deadline.
What kind of nursing experience do I need for admission to the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?Toggle More Info
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).
Am I required to be a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida?Toggle More Info
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.
Am I required to have an admissions interview?Toggle More Info
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.
What are the tuition and fees for attending the Nurse Anesthesia Program?Toggle More Info
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. In addition, there are MSN-Nurse Anesthesia program and course-specific fees that are assessed every semester.
Can I enroll as a part-time student?Toggle More Info
No. The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28 month, full time program.
Can I work as a Registered Nurse while enrolled in the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?Toggle More Info
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.
What is the grading scale for courses in the MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program?Toggle More Info
The grading scale is as follows:
Numerical Grade Range Letter Grade
92 - 100 A
82 - 91 B
72 – 81* C*
62 – 71* D**
< 62* F**
* A GRADE OF "C" results in Probation; ** A Grade of "D" or "F" results in Program dismissal.
What is the Clinical Practicum experience?Toggle More Info
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 Certification 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.
Will I be required to travel to clinical sites for Clinical Practicum?Toggle More Info
Yes. The MSN-Nurse Anesthesia Program currently maintains clinical sites in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Polk 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.
Class of 2018 Facts
16Total number of graduates
100%First-time pass rate on the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists
100%Employment rate six (6) months post-graduation
11%Attrition Rate of Students in the Class of 2018