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FIU’s DNP Nurse Anesthetist curriculum contains didactic classes in the principles and practices of all forms of anesthesia (general, regional and monitored anesthesia care) for all types of patients undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures in all specialty areas. These include general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, OB/Gyn, cardiac, and vascular and thoracic surgery. Considerable course work is devoted to patho-physiology and pharmacology. Courses also cover the theoretical considerations of practice, professional practice issues and research.

The DNP Nurse Anesthetist program at FIU integrates a balance of classroom, simulation lab and clinical experience throughout the curriculum. Didactic instruction is provided by masters and doctoral prepared faculty experts in their respective areas. Patient simulation experience is integrated throughout the curriculum for acquisition of basic anesthesia skills, practice of clinical decision making, and mock-up experience in the diagnosis and management of emergency anesthetic events.

The curriculum is challenging mentally, academically, clinically and physically. The time commitment is significant but so are the responsibilities and the rewards. For all intents and purposes, CRNA education is analogous to a typical medical residency program. The total DNP Nurse Anesthestist Program entails 100 graduate credits. For applicants who have a bachelor’s degree that is not in nursing, the Program requires BSN Bridge Pathway of 7 credits. This is a full-time graduate education program. Outside employment is strongly discouraged and logistically very difficult. Employment in the administration of anesthesia in title or function of a nurse anesthetist while enrolled in the Program is prohibited.