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Who are Nurse Anesthetists?

Nurse anesthetists are health care specialists who have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for nearly 150 years. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing and when administered by an anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine. Regardless of whether their educational background is in nursing or medicine, all anesthesia professionals administer anesthesia the same way combining the art and science of their profession.

Today there are more than 44,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who personally administer more than 32 million (or about 65%) of all anesthetics given to patients annually in the United States. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered and are leading the way in safe, cost-efficient, quality care in anesthesia practice. In the majority of urban and suburban settings, nurse anesthetists work in a collaborative team practice with physician anesthesiologists. They are also the sole anesthesia providers in approximately two-thirds of all rural hospitals in the United States, enabling these healthcare facilities to offer obstetrical, surgical and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.

About the FIU DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program

The FIU DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program is a clinical specialty track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program of the Graduate Nursing Department here at the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences. It is a challenging and rewarding academic and clinical undertaking consisting of nine (9) continuous semesters of full time graduate study. On completion of the 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.

If you are a highly capable and motivated professional, comfortable with the sciences, and seeking to expand your professional education and autonomy, the FIU Anesthesiology Nursing Program may interest you. Completion of this program will permit graduates to take their place among the ranks of the highly respected CRNAs who will mold the health care history of our next century.

Facts at a Glance

  • FIU’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was inaugurated in 2001 as the first nurse anesthetist program in the State of Florida University System.
  • We have graduated more than 400 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) since graduating or first class in December 2003
  • The DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program at FIU incorporates high-fidelity patient simulation education integrated throughout the curriculum. Students train with the latest medical equipment using specialized high-tech patient simulators.
  • All clinical education sites are within an hour of the FIU campus, students not have to move out of the area or pay for temporary rental in order to complete clinical rotations.
  • All program faculty are doctorally prepared and teach in the classroom, in simulation, and in clinical.