Nurse Anesthesia


We admit approximately 50 students annually.
The USF Nurse Anesthesia master's program received accreditation and admitted its first class in 2006. In 2011, the program had a standard five-year review from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and at that time was awarded a maximum 10-year national extension on accreditation. Shifting from awarding a master’s to a doctoral degree to meet a nationwide mandate, in October 2017, the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program received accreditation.  The COA will review the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program in 5 years. 
Ninety-three point five percent (93.5%) passed the certification exam on the first attempt. The overall pass rate on subsequent attempts is 100%.
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 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.
Only one class takes place at the College of Nursing in semester one of the program, all other classes are at CAMLS with a few online. 
We have current students attend 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 students' 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 lockstep program, which requires that all cohorts take all their courses together. We do not allow students to transfer in any 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), will admit the student and send the formal notification to the student.
USF students will receive unique, cutting-edge training, including the latest in high fidelity simulation, virtual operating room practice, experiences at our state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation (CAMLS), and mentorship by anesthesia leaders across the Tampa Bay region. It is approximately $800 per credit hour for tuition and fees (includes both in-state and out-of-state tuition).
The attrition rate for our most recent graduates was 3 percent.   
100 percent were employed upon graduation.