Crna Coursework

Nurse Anesthesia

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and very competitive. The number of applicants surpasses the number of admission seats. Fall 2018 admissions open on April 1st, 2017. The October 15th, 2017 priority deadline for the CRNA program indicates the earliest date when the College will begin accepting students.

After October 15th, applications to the CRNA program will be accepted until February 15, 2018 on a space available basis. All steps in the application process must be completed for an application to be considered for admission. Priority admission will be limited to those meeting the October 15th deadline.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program:
  • Apply to USF Graduate School
  • A Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Nursing from a regionally accredited program. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system) for the last 60 units of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; required science GPA of 3.0
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application with a competitive score
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two years current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal ICU critical care unit, completed prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Critical care experience (defined below):
    • Medical intensive care, surgical intensive care, cardiovascular intensive care, coronary critical care, or neurology intensive care.
    • Daily or full-time contact with patients in intensive care units, use of invasive monitors, continuous cardiac monitors, ventilators, vasoactive infusions, and life-threatening pathophysiology.
    • Note: emergency room, operating room, post-anesthesia, and obstetrics are not accepted as critical care experience.
  • Unrestricted Registered Nursing license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Florida license will be required prior to the start of the clinical phase.
  • Current BLS, ACLS, Certifications (must be maintained while in program). The CCRN, and PALS is highly recommended.
  • Three favorable evaluations or recommendations (include one from each of the following):
    • Current clinical supervisor evaluating clinical competence
    • Academic faculty member familiar with your academic performance and potential for graduate level coursework
    • CRNA, Anesthesiologist, or RN who can evaluate your potential as an anesthesia provider
  • Goal statement
  • Statement of good physical, mental and emotional health - to be completed during interview.
  • A successful personal interview with the CRNA Program Panel may be required.
International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate program.


Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Acceptance into the program will be reserved for the best-qualified applicants who fulfill all admission requirements.

Individuals with a documented history of substance abuse:

The anesthesia profession is recognized as having one of the highest rates of substance abuse among all healthcare professions. As a result of this, persons who have a history of substance abuse are strongly urged to seek professional growth in a direction other than nurse anesthesia. If you have a history of substance abuse, are in or have completed a recovery or treatment program, we strongly urge you to consider the serious risks to yourself involved in entering the anesthesia profession. We suggest you consult your counselor, therapist or other health care professional for guidance, and strongly urge you to consider an alternative professional pathway within the nursing profession.

We acknowledge that substance abuse is an accepted disease and, as such, individuals with a history of substance abuse who wish to pursue a degree in nurse anesthesia may do so in accordance with the guidelines set forth. All students must perform in accordance with accepted professional behavior standards and ethical codes of conduct at all times. Violations of these principals and guidelines are grounds for immediate dismissal without the right of appeal.

The College of Nursing reserves the right to recommend the withdrawal or dismissal of any student whose health, conduct, academic or clinical performance is below the standards of the College of Nursing's Nurse Anesthesia Concentration.

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia offers a concentrated academic and comprehensive clinical curriculum. Students will gain experience in the various required clinical specialty areas including general, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopedic, trauma, obstetrics, pediatric and ambulatory outpatient procedures as well as experience in regional anesthesia, pain management, trauma and emergency airway response.

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) application process is now available online for graduate student applications. Classes will begin the next summer semester on May 31, 2018.

Information sessions for potential applicants for summer of 2019 are on July 12, 2018 and September 13, 2018 at 5pm. RSVP and directions email Application information for summer of 2019 will be available by July 2018.

Program interviews are limited to approximately 60 qualified applicants to fill 16-20 positions. Interviews will take place December 2017 through February 2018 and final decisions may be posted within 10 days. Eligible applicants will have competitive GPA and GRE scores (GPA > 3.0 and GRE > 300 and within 5 years), a minimum of one year of critical care or emergency department experience in a high acuity setting and shadow experience of CRNAs or anesthesiologists. Attainment of CCRN, CEN or similar certification is suggested.


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or other discipline
  • Registered nurse with active licensure (CA licensure necessary by Program start date)—BSN, BS or BA
  • English comprehension or equivalent writing course
  • Anatomy and Physiology (one semester each or one-year combined course)
  • Inorganic (general), organic, and biochemistry (courses can be combined, minimum one year of coursework)
  • Physics (general)
  • Biology or microbiology
  • Health Assessment
  • Nursing research or statistics course
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed by Program start date. Coursework in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry older than 10 years may require the completion of refresher courses
  • Advanced standing in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia is not an option; up to 12 units of transfer credit may be applied to the existing program of study but is subject to program administration approval

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia has received accreditation through 2019 by the  Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and continues its commitment to excellence in the education of its graduate students. The Program pass rate on the national certifying examination for 2017 is 87% (first time takers; national mean 81%). The attrition rate for 2017 is 0% and employment within 6 months of graduation for eligible graduates is 100%.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001

For a list of all accrediting agencies of undergraduate study, click here.

CRNA Summer 2017 Statistics
Total Applications: 80
Entering class: 20
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.45
Average Verbal and Quantitative GRE: 310
Average years of clinical experience: 3.4

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