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Nurse Anesthesia Concentration (NAN)

Be a Leader in Nursing Anesthesia!

Nurse anesthetists (or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists - CRNAs) practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, from traditional hospital surgical settings to primary care and specialty healthcare clinics. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly half of all hospitals and more than two-thirds of the rural hospitals in the United States.

Nurse anesthetists break barriers by providing anesthetics for U.S. military and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. Make a difference to patients across the nation and the armed services as a Nurse Anesthetist with a master’s nursing degree from USF!

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, College of Nursing

Improve Health as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Why Nurse Anesthesia?

  • Make a difference to the patient and family
  • Use skills to allow patients to experience pain-free medical procedures
  • Practice as a part of an interprofessional Healthcare team
  • Practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect
  • The cost-efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare cost
  • High demand in in military, veteran, rural and general practice settings

Why USF?

  • USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation
  • USF is ranked 8th as an 'up and coming' university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges
  • USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011
  • USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.

Why USF Nursing?


Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BS) with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher on all upper level baccalaureate coursework
  • Competative score on GRE, taken within five years of application
  • Three favorable evaluations or recommendations (Clinical, faculty, CRNA/Anesthesiologist/RN)*
  • Evidence of current RN Licensure in good standing
  • Personal statement of goals*
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae*
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
  • A minimum of two current years of experience as an RN in an aggressive critical care unit
  • Current BLS and ACLS certifications (CCRN and PALS certifications are highly recommended)
  • Undergraduate Courses: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Health Assessment, Chemistry, Statistics