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Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)

Nurse Anesthesia (M.S.N.)

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is a 28 month university-based program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree with a major in Nurse Anesthesia. It is the only university-based nurse anesthesia program leading to a M.S.N. in Southwest Florida.

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 program submitted an application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Nurse Anesthesiology in August 2018. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll the first doctoral cohort of students in May 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at (239) 590-7505 or via email to


Class of 2018 Facts

  • Total number of graduates: 16
  • First-time pass rate on the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists (NCE):  100%
  • Employment rate six (6) months post-graduation:   100%.
  • Attrition Rate: 11%


Transition of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Major to the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Major:


Upon approval of the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesiology (BSN-DNP NA) Program by the COA, the MSN Nurse Anesthesia (MSN NA) Program will be phased out.  If the COA approves the BSN-DNP NA program to start in May 2020, the last MSN NA Program cohort of students will be admitted in January 2019.  All students who are admitted in January 2019 are expected to graduate at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.   


The MSN NA Program is a full time, locked-step program of study, which requires students to be enrolled full time and to follow the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration Progression Plan throughout the entire sequence of seven (7) semesters.  Any student admitted in January 2019 who is granted a School of Nursing Leave of Absence (LOA) during semesters 1 through 3 of the Program and is granted permission to return will be transitioned into the BSN-DNP NA Program with the earliest following admission cohort as designated by the MSN NA Program Director.  Any student admitted in January 2019 who is granted a School of Nursing Leave of Absence (LOA) during semesters 4 through 7 of the Program and is granted permission to return will be provided with an Individualized Plan of Study by the MSN NA Program Director. The Individualized Plan of Study may include directed independent study courses and courses delivered in face-to-face, online, hybrid, and/or other distance learning formats, and all graduation requirements must be met by the end of the Spring 2022 semester.  Any student who is placed on an Individualized Plan of Study and does not meet all graduation requirements by the end of the Spring 2022 semester will be dismissed.  The MSN NA Program courses will no longer be offered after the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester.     

Please refer to the current MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Guidebook for all applicable standards, policies, and guidelines. 

Students at Gulf Coast University have access to the entire range of opportunities available to University students, including on campus and on-line access to our 114,000 square foot library, our recreational, art, NCAA Division 1 athletics and scholarly lecture series offerings. We invite you to peruse not only the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program site, but also to visit the rest of the FGCU website to see the entire set of resources available to you.



Funds for Excellence


Please donate to the FGCU Foundation's MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program Fund. Click on the box to the left and designate Other and the Nurse Anesthesia Program Fund.