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Nurse Anesthesia

The nationally accredited master’s nurse anesthesia program at FSU Panama City is a rigorous 28-month program focused on patient care before, during and after surgical procedures. Curriculum highlights critical thinking, communication and professionalism conducting various anesthesia techniques and emphasize analysis, evaluation and decision-making rather than memorization. Each student will begin a one-on-one clinical practicum within the first week for immediate application of skills.

For the cohort beginning August 2020, the online application window will open in August 2019 and close December 1. Interviews are typically held in January following the application deadline. The highly competitive, limited-access program is offered through Florida State’s College of Applied Studies and will admit 24 students each year.

Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the nurse anesthesia program’s mission is to advance  the human sciences through a philosophy of passion-infused scientific education, application of clinical education and practice for the betterment of citizens in the community, both locally and nationally.

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As advanced medical professionals, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists have high-paying, rewarding careers with a growing demand.

 History of excellence

Since the program’s first graduating class in 2016, students have had a 97.5% NCE pass rate upon graduation.

 Lucrative career

The median annual wage for Nurse Anesthetists is $167,950, according to 2018 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.


Growing demand

Employment of nurse anesthetists is projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026 because of an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from an aging population.

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