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Nurse Anesthetist


A nurse anesthetist, or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), is a licensed professional nurse who provides the same anesthesia services as an anesthesiologist. Nurse anesthetists were the first specialty practitioners of nursing, and have been providing anesthesia care in this country for more than 125 years.

FIU NWCNHS master's level Nurse Anesthetist program is designed for registered nurses with a background in critical care and arms students with the education and skills to administer anesthesia in a variety of healthcare settings.

The nation's 36,000 CRNAs can be found in traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; primary and specialty hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers and the offices of specialty medical practitioners such as dentists and plastic surgeons. Graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Nursing degree, and are eligible to sit for the national board examination to become a CRNA.

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