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MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology (D.N.P.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

(239) 590-7554

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is designed to prepare graduates with the advanced nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve health care outcomes and to provide evidence-based nursing across diverse health care settings and systems.  The curriculum focuses on providing nurses with the solid science foundation needed to enhance critical reasoning judgement in the management of complex health care situations.  Core and specialty courses provide knowledge, skills and attributes essential for fully accountable practice in today's health care enviornment.  Emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the demands associated with the increasing complexity of the health care system, improving the safety and quality of patient care delivery, and influencing health care policy.

The curriculum for the MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major is for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who hold a master of science in nursing degree.  Students may satisfy the requirements of the MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major curriculum upon completion of 37 credit hours over 6 semesters (24 months) of part-time study.

Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Florida Gulf Coast University Nurse Anesthesiology Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001; ; telephone (847) 655-1160.  The program's next accreditation review by the COA is October 2022.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The COA has approved the FGCU DNP Nurse Anesthesiology program.  The first BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology cohort will begin May 2020, and the first MSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology cohort will begin May 2021.  Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at (239) 590-7505 or via email to

Program Admission Requirements

See program website listed above.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to the MSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesiology major must meet major-specific progression, clinical practice, DNP Project, and graduation requirements.  See the DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Guidebook, General Graduate Academic Policies, and FGCU Graduation Requirements.

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 37 credit hours of doctoral level course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in the DNP program.
  • Completion of all courses with a grade of "B" or higher, or"S" (Satisfactory) where applicable.
  • Completion of DNP Clinical Practice requirements.
  • Completion of DNP Project Requirements.
  • Students must follow a Program of Study approved by the Program Director or designee.
Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (37 credits)

NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)
NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (3)
NGR 7473 Regional Anesthesia/Pain Mgmt (3)
NGR 7492 Prof Role-Nurse Anesthetist (3)
NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)
NGR 7856 Evidenced-Based Trans Research (3)
NGR 7891 Fin & Mgmt-Anesthesia Practice (3)
NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)
NGR 7899 Organization System & Leadership (3)
NGR 7949L DNP Clinical Practice (4 total)*
NGR 7974 DNP Project (6 total)*

*Credit hours are spread over varying semesters



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