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The nurse anesthesia curriculum is comprised of 28 months of intensive study. The program is divided into two stages – didactic and clinical.

The Wolford College Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program was developed to create capable and skilled CRNA’s. The program is divided into stages; a 12-month didactic stage, located in Naples, Florida, and a 16-month clinical stage. The program is designed to be front-loaded with the didactic stage to establish the knowledge required to successfully transition into an immersive clinical stage. Upon completion of the clinical stage graduates will have been educated in a full scope of practice and will be ready to become a competent and safe Nurse Anesthetist.

During the clinical stage, the students will be immersed in clinical anesthesia. Didactics will be integrated throughout the clinical experience. This knowledge is necessary to pass the National Certification Exam. Students will be exposed to a full scope of practice with an average case count exceeding the minimum requirements.

Didactic Stage

Initial Orientation

The week prior to the start of the students’ first semester will be an orientation to Wolford College. Topics will range from the Wolford College Catalog/student handbook, re-certification exams, clinical site credentials, to a variety of other topics.


Classes during the first year will take place in Naples. Students are encouraged to live within close proximity of Wolford College. Housing questions should be referred to the Director of Enrollment and Student Services.

Classroom Attendance

Classroom attendance is mandatory. Absences may affect future financial aid determination. Financial Aid questions should be referred to the Director of Financial Aid.

Reading List

The reading list is made available to enhance students’ understanding of the material. It is recommended that students’ read the material prior to the lecture.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 60 – 64 hours per week directly related to Wolford College, including didactic, clinical, laboratory, and/or study time.

Clinical Orientation

During the second and third semester, students will begin their clinical exposure to anesthesia. Prior to being placed into the clinical area students will attend a clinical orientation that includes iatrogenic complications and universal precautions.

Clinical Stage

The last 16 months of the program is comprised of full-time clinicals. The students are assigned to one of two Florida core clinical sites – Naples or Tampa. In addition, Wolford College may place students in other clinical enrichment sites. In total, Wolford College offers clinical experiences at over 20 different facilities.

Wolford College students will be involved with a variety of cases including, but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular
  • ENT
  • General
  • Neurosurgical
  • Obstetric
  • Gynecological
  • Pediatric
  • Orthopedic
  • Trauma
  • Plastic
  • Ambulatory care
  • Pain management

Students will experience a full scope of practice in anesthesia, with opportunities for central line insertion and monitoring, administration of all types of regional anesthesia (including ultrasound techniques), and alternative airway management techniques (including fiberoptic bronchoscope, glidescope, and CMAC).

While in these clinical facilities, students will begin their clinical experience one-to-one with CRNAs and/or anesthesiologists. As students progress and become more independent, they will have opportunities to participate in the care team model of one CRNA and/or anesthesiologist overseeing two students in separate rooms.

For a list of clinical sites, click here.