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Nurse Anesthesia Concentration (NAN)

Purpose and Goals

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We are the only Nurse Anesthesia program in the country that is housed inside a simulation center. Watch this video to learn more about the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS).

Why USF?

University of South Florida, as a Research 1 institution, places increasing emphasis on graduate education, research and evidence-based practice. The University is committed to the promotion of excellence in the nurse anesthesia profession through intense education, research and superior patient care. The graduate concentration in nurse anesthesia provides a strong educational and clinical foundation.

The curriculum incorporates many cutting edge technologies, including human anesthesia simulation, while providing a fully integrated learning environment for students. The classroom and clinical setting are designed to achieve integration of the knowledge, skills and ability necessary for the development of competent and proficient nurse anesthetists.

Why the College of Nursing?

The USF College of Nursing is well established, with an exceptional reputation in education and research. Faculty includes CRNAs, anesthesiologists, and professors. They are dedicated to developing practitioners who will provide safe, quality anesthetic care, and they are committed to the advancement of nursing.

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, independent of the college calendar. For a detailed description of academic curriculum and clinical rotation schedule see the Nurse Anesthesia Handbook.

Upon satisfactory completion of all didactic and clinical work, candidates are awarded the Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida, and are eligible for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

USF's Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia concentration is fully accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The attrition rate for the 2014 graduates was 7%. The overall three year national certification board pass rate for the USF CRNA Program is 96% with a first time pass rate of 80%. The first time NCE pass rate for the 2014 graduates was 67% with an overall pass rate for that cohort of 93%. The employment rate for all graduates of the CRNA Program is 100% prior to graduation. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) can be reached by postal mail or email or by telephone at:

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Main Number: 847-655-1160
Fax: 847-692-7137

Why Now?

CAMLS will define standards for competent practice and expert performance, and will serve as the guidepost for lifelong learning. A learning management system enables learners to track their educational progress and faculty to assess training outcomes. Learners at CAMLS will include health professionals (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, pre-hospital, allied health) across the continuum of education (undergraduate, graduate, and practicing), military healthcare professionals, medical specialty societies, industry representatives, and researchers.

CAMLS is part of the USF Health Simulation Consortium, which has received Level I accreditation as a comprehensive education center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Multidisciplinary CAMLS staff provide expertise to guide development and design of simulation curricula.

The USF Nurse Anesthesia program has teamed up with CAMLS to provide the most state of the art simulation experience which is integrated into the curriculum.