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BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthetist


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. Please refer to the Controller website for additional information.  


Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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 

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. 
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

Program requirements:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Nursing roles/experiences evidencing 2 years experience as a RN in a critical care setting 
    • Include professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities
    • Not to exceed 2 pages
  • 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
    • Applicant should be 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 applicants 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.
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. 


Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. John McDonough


Meghan Niemczyk, MPH

Assistant Director, Advanced Nursing Practice