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The DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program at the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) is a limited-enrollment program with a rigorous admissions process where the number of applicants generally well exceeds our available positions.

Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) programs tend to be highly competitive. Applicant profiles across the nation are similar. Applicants are:

  • Highly motivated
  • Typically have several years of critical care experience (must meet at least 1 year of ICU experience)
  • Have strong GPAs and GRE scores
  • Have taken additional courses in advanced sciences such as physiology, organic chemistry or biochemistry.

Traditionally, the majority of nurse anesthetists come from intensive care units (ICU), particularly surgical intensive care. Acute care nursing skills and experience gained in ICU nursing are not re-taught as part of the DNP Nurse Anesthetist curriculum.

Only applicants who are licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) may be admitted to the DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program since there is no mechanism available to certify or license graduates from the Program as anything other than as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). We receive a number of inquires from physicians trained in another country and not practicing in the U.S. about enrollment in the Program. However, because CRNA certification and ARNP licensure requires the prerequisite of being a Registered Nurse, prospective physician applicants should first consider application to the special Foreign Educated Physician to BSN/MSN program that is offered exclusively by the FIU NWCNHS.

Please read on to review admission requirements and other program stipulations. Information about the Application Procedure [BACKLINK TO SECTION 3.2] is provided in the next section.

a. Graduate Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for graduate admission at Florida International University, which includes:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN)* from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and a nursing program that is accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (in the last 60 credits of undergraduate course work); and
  • Official GRE scores.

b. Program-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the graduate admissions requirements stated above, the minimum additional requirements for admission specifically to the Anesthesiology Nursing Program are:

1) A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)* degree from an accredited institution

2) A current unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license in Florida

3) A minimum of one (1) year experience as an RN in a critical care setting (ICU units only) at the time of application deadline

4) Admission to the FIU Graduate School and the NWCNHS Graduate Nursing program.

5) ACLS, PALS and CPR certification prior to enrollment and that will remain current through the first semester.

* NOTE: RNs who have an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program and who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing earned from an accredited institution of higher education may be eligible for admission. For these students- two additional courses are required

1. NUR 3821 Professional Leadership Nursing Concepts and Issues (3 credits)
2. NUR 4636C Care of Families - Community Health (4 credits)

c. For Transfer Students

The DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program does not formally recognize the status of transfer students, either from another nurse anesthesia program or from an advanced nursing practice program. All applicants apply for and are considered for admission, irrespective of prior status.

Students who have previously been enrolled in another nurse anesthesia program must submit a letter from the Program Director from their previous program that they were in good standing at the time of withdrawal.

The Program does not accept transfer of nurse anesthesia course work. Applicants with prior graduate work should note the University limits the number of transfer credits to 6 semester hour credits. Only credits earned at an accredited institution can be considered for transfer.