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
: The CRNA/Nurse Anesthetist program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Controller website for additional information.
Application Requirement Information
International Applicant Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Spring Term . . . . . April 1
Admits for spring term only.
School of Nursing Important Dates
The following must be submitted by the posted deadline.
Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).
- UNF admission application
- Application fee
- If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
All of the below university and program 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.
- Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Nursing roles/experiences evidencing 2 years experience as a RN in a critical care setting
- No longer than 2 pages in length
- Include professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities
- Letter of intent
- Describe purpose in seeking admission into the CRNA program and preparation for such academic studies
- Must be typewritten in no smaller than 12 pt. font with 1" margins
- No more than 500 words
- Not to exceed 3 pages
- Professional licensure
- Active as a Registered Nurse in FL (out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program)
- Copy of actual RN license required
- Two letters of recommendation
- From qualified individuals who can render an opinion regarding your qualifications to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level
- GRE test scores
- Taken within the last five years
- 153 verbal, 144 quantitative and a minimum 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (or other appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution)
Applicants who have met the minimum admissions criteria may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.
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.
Curriculum and Requirements
of the Program