Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program

Program Description

As of 2021, Florida State University has been approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to offer the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program. Graduates of the DNAP program shall receive a doctoral degree, be an expert in research-based anesthesia clinical practices, be eligible for the CRNA exam, and shall acquire knowledge, skills, and competencies including patient safety, individualized perianesthetic management, critical thinking, and communication skills needed for their professional role.

The DNAP curricular framework was developed with the required standards set forth by the COA, as well as additional coursework that will best develop graduate students into independent advanced practice nurses prepared to enter the workforce. The courses are sequenced in a manner that helps students to blend didactic knowledge with clinical application and culminate in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and independent critical thinking that are required to practice as a CRNA. Each graduate student will be actively engaged in a scholarly inquiry project which will ultimately be presented at the local and/or national level to a body of peers.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program admits 34 students once a year. The application deadline for consideration of a spot in the DNAP cohort commencing Summer 2025 is January 15, 2025.

Please note that you will need to apply for the Summer 2025 term which will open August 1, 2024.

Summer 2025 Applicant Interview Dates: TBD


Initial program accreditation was granted January 21, 2015, by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). This agency is identified by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for the accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the certificate, master’s, or doctoral degree levels in the United States, its territories, and protectorates.
In June 2015, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees approved the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree and was included in the scope of the university’s accreditation. The program was granted approval by the COA and SACSCOC to offer the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) as the entry level degree in February 2021, and  the last masters cohort graduated in 2022.  The program was granted the maximum 10 year accreditation from the COA in May 2021.  The program will be scheduled for the next consideration of continued accreditation in Spring 2031.

The Council on Accreditation’s contact information is as follows:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Florida State University Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) is to embrace the advancement of the science of anesthesiology through a philosophy of intensive scientific education, evidence-based practice and application of clinical education to practice for the betterment of citizens in both the local and national communities.

Program Academic Calendar

The Program’s academic calendar ensures that course objectives are met. Clinical practicum courses follow a 365 calendar rather than the FSU academic calendar. Anesthesia clinical practicum placement will begin prior to the official beginning of the semester and continue through term breaks. A record for each student is maintained by NAP Administration.


Semesters 1-4 of the DNAP program follow the academic calendar of the university (as well as all non-lab or non clinical courses). Lab or clinical courses follow a 365 calendar.

Semester 7 dates are: May 4 through August 1

FALL 2024
Semester 5 & 8 dates are: August 2 through December 13

Semester 6 & 9 dates are: December 14 through May 2

Graduation Requirements

In addition to standard Florida State University graduation requirements, students must satisfactorily complete all courses with a 3.0 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale and complete the clinical case requirements as set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Nurse Anesthesia faculty