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As advanced practice registered nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) work with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect wherever anesthesia is delivered, for which they are well compensated.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) at the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences is a challenging and rewarding academic and clinical undertaking consisting of nine (9) continuous semesters of full-time graduate study.

Our graduates are well regarded by employers as competent, confident and ready to hit the ground running. As a student in our program, you’ll receive a strong educational foundation in science, nursing and anesthesia care that also emphasizes research and service to the community.

Cutting-Edge Education

You’ll learn from doctorally prepared faculty in the classroom and gain 21st century clinical skills by using high-fidelity patient simulation and the latest medical equipment throughout the curriculum.

We provide innovative educational and training opportunities in every aspect of anesthesia care through our internationally recognized virtual hospital  the FIU S.T.A.R. Center for Simulation Teaching And Research. During the hospital clinical education portion of our program, you receive first-class instruction and practical experience at five major medical centers in the Greater Miami area.

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A Dedicated Endeavor

The education and training required to become a CRNA is analogous to a typical medical residency program. The curriculum is challenging mentally, academically, clinically and physically. The time commitment is significant but so are the responsibilities and the rewards.

The expectation of averaging 60 hours per week dedicated to classroom, clinical and study time in the program is why outside employment is strongly discouraged and logistically very difficult. Additionally, employment in the administration of anesthesia in title or function of a nurse anesthetist while enrolled in the program is EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Licensing Eligibility

Upon completion of the FIU DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), as well as apply for the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) credential with a specialization as a nurse anesthetist from the Florida Board of Nursing.


The following information is provided for prospective applicants per the requirements of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

The Nurse Anesthetist Program at Florida International University is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program's accreditation review was done in May 2019. We received continued accreditation until May 2023.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Phone (847) 655-1160

Performance outcomes reported for the last FIU Nurse Anesthetist graduation class (December 2019) as of March 16th, 2020 are as follows:

  • Graduation rate was 97%
  • Attrition rate was 3%
  • Employment rate was 100% within 3 months of graduation
  • FIU Class of 2019 Nurse Anesthesia First Time Pass Rate: 83.7%
  • FIU Class of 2019 Nurse Anesthesia Second Time Pass Rate: 94.5%

The National Average First Time Pass Rate for 2019 was 84.3% on the National Certification Examination

Information last updated: March 17th, 2020