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The Graduate School

Nurse Anesthesiology



Nurse anesthesiology is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthesiology curriculum is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking. It consists of a nine-semester continuous program of full-time graduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) as well as to obtain the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing. This program admits for the spring term.

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Special Notes

The CRNA/Nurse anesthesiology program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Nurse Anesthesiology Tuition & Fees for additional information. 

Application Deadlines

Spring Term . . . . . April 1

School of Nursing Important Dates

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Ryan Shores

Assistant Professor

Program Contact
Meghan Niemczyk, MPH
Assistant Director, Advanced Nursing Practice

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • GRE test scores
      • Taken within the last five years
      • 153 verbal, 150 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 with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours)
    • In addition to submitting all of the above university and program requirements to the UNF Graduate School, applicants must also complete the NursingCAS application by the deadline posted above:
      • Students must have their UNF ID number (Example: N12345678) before starting the NursingCAS application
      • Create a NursingCAS account and submit the application with fee
      • Submit all official transcripts to NursingCAS
      • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (high school transcripts are not required)
      • Submit all required supplementary materials in the NursingCAS application:
        • Resume or CV 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities). No cover page necessary. A minimum of two (2) years' experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting.
        • Personal statement of 500 words or less describing one's purpose in seeking admission to the CRNA program and preparations made for such academic studies.
        • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN or possess a RN license that is from a compact state upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license).
        • Two (2) letters of recommendation and Likert scale ratings are required from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level.
      • For technical questions regarding your NursingCAS account, please contact NursingCAS directly at (617) 612-2880 
    • Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.
      • Casper – Comprehensive Admissions Assessment: All applicants applying to the Anesthesiology Nursing track are required to complete Casper for applications in Spring 2024
        • Casper is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Casper will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
        • You will register for Casper for CSP-10101 Professional Health Sciences
        • Access to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Casper assessment

    Please review the School of Nursing Admission Information for additional pre- and post-admission information.