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BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthetist

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. John McDonough

(904) 620-2684

Building 39A , Room 3097

Meghan Niemczyk, MPH

Assistant Director, Advanced Nursing Practice


Application Information

Applications for this program are accepted for spring term only.

Application Deadlines

Spring Term . . . . . April 1

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions 

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (or other appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution)

  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years (Institutional Code: 5490)
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative portions and a minimum of a 3 out of 6 on the essay portion
    • After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative and a minimum 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of nursing roles/experiences.
    • A minimum of two (2) years experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting 
    • 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities

  • Personal statement (500 words or less) describing
    • Purpose in seeking admission into the CRNA program
    • Preparation for such academic studies
    • Must be typewritten in no smaller than 12 pt. font with 1" margins, not to exceed 3 pages

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • References should be from qualified individuals who can render an opinion regarding your qualifications to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level 
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse
    • Out-of-state applicants will need to obtain Florida licensure as a RN upon admission to the program.  
Important Note: Supplemental items such as licensure, resume, letter of recommendation, enrollment selection form (if applicable) and certifications should be updated with each new application unless prior submitted documents have been approved for use by the nursing admissions team.

Applicants who have met the minimum admissions criteria may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.


Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview
The nurse anesthetist program is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking.  It consists of a nine (9) semester continuous program of full-time graduate study.  The program is approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs, and graduates are eligible to take the National Certification examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) as well as to obtain the ARNP (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing.
Special Notes about the Program

Applicants must have successfully completed the following courses with a "B" or better:

  • Health Assessment course
  • Statistics course
  • Research course

 Important: the CRNA/Nurse Anesthetist program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Click here for more information.


Curriculum and Requirements
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Three years