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Letter from the director

Jeffrey Groom


Thank you for your interest in the DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program at Florida International University (FIU). With a student body of nearly 54,000, we’re one of the 10 largest public universities in the nation. FIU is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami, that is worlds ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market.

FIU’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was started in 2001, as the first nurse anesthetist program in the State of Florida University System. Today we have graduated almost more than 400 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are employed throughout South Florida, the state and nationally. Sixteen years later we are proud of our strong history and energized by a vibrant future.

The DNP Nurse Anesthetist Program is Worlds Ahead in teaching, research and service to our community. Our students receive a strong educational foundation in the sciences, nursing, and anesthesia care. Prior to and during their hospital clinical education, our students receive instruction in and practice every aspect of anesthesia care in our internationally recognized virtual hospital called the FIU Simulation Teaching And Research (STAR) Center. During the hospital clinical education portion of our program, our students receive first-class instruction and experience in all aspects of anesthesia care at five major medical centers all within the local community – students do not have to travel or relocate for their clinical education. The rich diversity of our community is reflected in our faculty, students and patients. FIU DNP Nurse Anesthetist graduates are well regarded by employers as “competent, confident and ready to hit the ground running.”

We welcome you to look around our website and to visit us on campus.

Please contact our program office at 305-348-7747 if you have further questions or need additional assistance.

Best regards,

Linda Wunder, PhD, CRNA

Chair and Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Nurse Anesthetist Practice