Master's Concentrations

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.