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Graduate Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesiology

About the Profession

There are nearly 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the nation today. They administer over 65% of the anesthesia in the United States. In some rural states, that percentage is significantly higher. They are licensed in all states and serve as commissioned officers in all branches of the military as well as the United States Public Health Service. Studies conducted by the federal government have detailed the need for many more CRNAs in the U.S. today. Our nation has a significant shortfall of these invaluable Nurse Specialists. The administration of anesthesia by nurses is not a new development in health care. They have a long and distinguished history. Nurses were first specialists in the administration of anesthesia and their history dates to the 1800s.


The first organized program to teach the administration of anesthesia was not founded until the early 20th century. In 1915, chief nurse anesthetist Agatha Hodgins established the Lakeside Hospital School of Anesthesia in Cleveland, Ohio. This program was open to graduate nurses, physicians, and dentists. The training was six months, and the tuition was $50.00. A diploma was awarded on completion. In its first year, the program graduated six physicians, two dentists, and 11 nurses. Later, in 1918, it established a system of clinical affiliations with other Cleveland hospitals. The only post-graduate training just for physicians in circa 1920 was a one-month course in Ohio conducted by E. I. McKesson. Obviously, many factors have changed since then and the number of anesthesia specialists, both physicians and nurses, has increased. The length and cost of programs has also increased.

About the Program

Nurse Anesthesiology is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing at the University of North Florida (UNF). The School of Nursing has several innovative advanced practice specialty areas. With over 16,000 students, UNF is a major component of the State University System of Florida. UNF houses an extensive number of academic programs, including 30 programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The Nurse Anesthesiology curriculum is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking. It consists of a nine (9) semester continuous program of full-time graduate study.  The curriculum for the program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006) and the accreditation standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).


The program is approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) as well as to obtain the APRN (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing.


Graduate education, and Nurse Anesthesiology education in particular, is a major undertaking: academically, professionally, emotionally, and financially. Classroom, clinical time, and study time average around 60 hours per week. As such, this is a full-time graduate program and outside employment is not realistic and not consistent with the demands and expectations of such a program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all aspects of this undertaking carefully. You are highly encouraged to speak with practicing CRNAs and Anesthesiologists, current Nurse Anesthetist Residents, or faculty to observe and/or discuss the practice of modern anesthesia care. With respect to financial planning, applicants are strongly encouraged to have a financial plan in place, as well as a back up plan, prior to making application to the program.


This program is one of several university-based CRNA programs in Florida. The total amount for tuition and fees for the entire program can be found through the "Estimated Cost of Attendance" link on the right-hand side of the page.  These amounts are subject to change. Clinical sites include both in-state and out-of-state experiences.  Sites provide experiences with unique opportunities to enhance students' skills, knowledge, and experiences.  In addition to classroom and clinical forums, training utilizing SimMan simulator environments for anesthesia scenario training and airway management are incorporated into the training regimen.


Performance outcomes reported for the UNF Doctor of Nursing Practice Anesthesiology Nursing track's graduating class for December 2021 as of July 29, 2022 are as follows:  graduation rate was 100%; attrition rate was 0%; employment rate was 96% within six (6) months of graduation; first time pass rate was 75%; third method pass rate was 83.3%.


The University of North Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the University’s educational programs and activities, and the University is required by Title IX and its implementing federal regulations to not discriminate on that basis.  The requirement not to discriminate also extends to admissions and employment.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education, or both.  UNF’s Title IX Coordinator, Marlynn Jones, may be contacted at 1 UNF Drive, Building 1, Suite 1200, Jacksonville, FL 32224,, 904-620-2507. 

Anesthesiology Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Program Description for Anesthesiology Nursing

Major: Anesthesiology Nursing Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Informational Text

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses required by the program and approved by the university.
  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements.
  • Complete all course work within the prescribed timeline of being admitted into the program.
  • Attain a 3.0 GPA average in all work counting toward the graduate degree.
  • Earn no more than 2 grades of less than B throughout the program.
  • Be in good standing; not subject to any sanction by the University community or School of Nursing.
  • All students in the Brooks College of Health programs will be held accountable to the most recent Code of Ethics, Guides for Professional Conduct and/or Position Statements as developed by their respective disciplines. Refer to your program handbook.
  • Meet graduation requirements applicable to all University students; such as residency hours and final requirements.
  • If you earned graduate level (5000/6000 level) credit from another institution, consult with your Program Director .
  • Apply for graduation online through myWings by the 2nd week of the semester you are graduating (see academic calendar at for specific deadlines).

1st Semester (15 credits)

Spring semester

NGR6740 Role Dev in Adv Practice Nsg (3 Credits)

NGR7871 Health Informatics for AP (3 Credits)

NGR7843 Stat Interp for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR6892 Pub Pol Impl Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR5141 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Credits)

2nd Semester (13 credits)

Summer semester

NGR6673 Prin Epidem for Adv Prac (3 Credits)

NGR5110 Theory Framework for Practice (3 Credits)

NGR5003C Health Assessment/Diagnostics (1-4 Credits)

NGR5810 Research Methods for EBP (3 Credits)

3rd Semester (11 credits)

Fall semester

NGR5172 Pharmacotherapeutics (3 Credits)

NGR6421 Prin of Anesth Nursing I (2 Credits)

NGR6400 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-I (2 Credits)

NGR6460 Pharm Anes Nsg I (1 Credit)

NGR6492 Prof Asp of Anesthesiology Nur (1 Credit)

NGR6431L Anesth Nursing Practicum I (1 Credit)

NGR6493 Technology in Anesth Nursing (1 Credit)

4th Semester (13 credits)

Spring semester

NGR6490 Regional Anesthesia (2 Credits)

NGR6422 Prin of Anesth Nursing II (3 Credits)

NGR6461 Pharm Anes Nsg II (2 Credits)

NGR6401 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-II (1 Credit)

NGR7768 Adv Prac Nsg Role Tran (2-3 Credits)

NGR6432L Anesth Nursing Practicum II (3 Credits)

5th Semester (12 credits)

Summer semester

NGR6404 Adv Biosc Anes Nsg I (3 Credits)

NGR6423 Prin of Anesth Nursing III (2 Credits)

NGR7850 Evidence Based Practice I (3 Credits)

NGR6433L Anesth Nursing Practicum III (4 Credits)

6th Semester (12 credits)

Fall semester

NGR7851 Evidence Based Practice II (3 Credits)

NGR6405 Adv Biosc Anesth Nursing II (3 Credits)

NGR6434L Anesth Nursing Practicum IV (6 Credits)

7th Semester (13 credits)

Spring semester

NGR6424 Prin of Anesth Nursing IV (2 Credits)

NGR6494 Adv Mod Pain Mgt (3 Credits)

NGR6435L Anesth Nursing Practicum V (6 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

8th Semester (11 credits)

Summer semester

NGR6894 Global Health Care and Culture (3 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

9th Semester (11 credits)

Fall semester

NGR6491 Adv Anes Nsg Sem (3 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)