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The Graduate School

Nurse Anesthetist

Overview

Nurse Anesthetist is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthetist 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 Anesthetist program has a higher tuition rate than other UNF graduate programs. Please refer to the Nurse Anesthetist 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
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
      • Nursing roles/experiences evidencing a minimum of 2 years experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting
      • Should be 1-2 pages in length
      • Include professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities
    • Letter of intent
      • 1 page, 500 words or less
      • Describe purpose in seeking admission to the CRNA program and preparations for such academic studies
      • Must be typewritten in no smaller than 12 pt. font with 1" margins
    • Professional licensure
      • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in FL (out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN or have a license that is from a compact state upon admission to the program)
      • Copy of actual RN license required
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Must be address to the NAP Selection Committee (but submitted to the Graduate School through the Online Reference System) from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level
    • 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 (or other appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours)

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

    Important Note:  The resume, letter of intent, professional licensure, and letters of recommendation should be updated with each new application unless prior submitted documents have been approved for use by the nursing admissions team.
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