Master's Concentrations

Nurse Anesthesia


We admit approximately 50 students per annual, fall admission.
The USF Nurse Anesthesia Program received accreditation and admitted its first class in 2006. In 2011, the program had a standard 5-year review from the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthetists, and at that time was awarded a maximum 10-year national extension on accreditation.
The three-year national certification board first-time pass rate for the USF CRNA Program is 82%, which includes years 2013-2015. The overall three-year national certification board pass rate is 97% and also includes years 2013-2015. As of our most recent graduating cohort in December, 2015 our first time pass rate is 93% and our overall pass rate is 100%. The attrition rate for the 2015 graduates was 4%.
Our most recent graduates are employed by some of the most well-known facilities in the Tampa Bay area: James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Bayfront Medical Center, Florida Hospital, and the Baycare Health System.
The University of South Florida is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels.

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 679-4500

The USF College of Nursing is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

The USF College of Nursing has Florida Board of Nursing approval.

Florida Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257

The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137
The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is a challenging full-time, 28-month, 72-credit academic and clinical endeavor. This concentration consists of seven continuous semesters starting annually in August. During the first three semesters, you will follow the university’s academic calendar. These semesters do include a majority of the didactic courses coupled with a component of simulation experience, and a shadowing experience where the student will be in the hospital approximately one day a week. Once you begin full-time clinical the last four semesters of the program, your schedule will be independent of the college calendar, and your didactic course load will decrease to reflect the increase in clinical hours.
Students will be ensured a 1:1 clinical supervision ratio throughout their Junior year, and during specialty rotations in their Senior year. This is in their best interest of clinical education. We do also want our students to build up autonomy in their Senior year so they will be assigned to a 1:2 clinical supervision ratio when it is appropriate.
All Anesthesia classes and simulation will take place at CAMLS. Three classes during the first and second semester will take place at USF Tampa's College of Nursing. These are non-nurse anesthesia specific courses, for example Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians.
We have current students attend the interviews to allow the applicants a chance to ask questions during the tour, as well as a student panel interview to allow the applicant to ask additional questions. If you accept admission, you will be matched with a junior or senior student who will reach out and answer any additional questions you may have. We respect our current student’s extremely busy schedules and do not allow applicants to contact them, as we want them to focus on their personal success.
USF’s Nurse Anesthesia is a full time lock-step program, and that all cohorts take all their courses together. We do not allow students to transfer in any of the 72 credit curriculum courses.
Yes, a live, day long orientation is required for each formally admitted student. This usually occurs between late June and early August.
We do not require an admission deposit. You simply need to return your Intent to Enroll form in by the specified deadline.
The College of Nursing cannot admit students to the university, this responsibility lies within the Graduate School. This status means that the college has recommended an individual for admission to the graduate school. The graduate school will process this request and unless there are issues (such as criminal or academic dishonesty history, and/or false information on the application) the graduate school will admit the student and send the formal notification to the student.
The status of “Alternate” indicates that an applicant has not been recommended for acceptance, but instead as an alternate. The alternates are not ranked. If admission seats become available, the admission committee will review all alternate packets and make admission decisions. The student will be first notified through SOAR, email, then formal notification through the graduate school. If you do not wish to be considered as an alternate for the program, please send an email indicating this information to the programs admission counselor/advisor.
USF students will receive unique, cutting-edge training including the latest in high fidelity simulation, virtual OR practice, first choice in clinical placements, experiences at our state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation (USF CAMLS), and mentorship by anesthesia leaders across the Tampa Bay region. This is a 72 credit hour curriculum at approximately $800 per credit hour for tuition and fees (including both in-state and out-of-state tuition).

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