Graduate Program

Nurse Anesthesia


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia program at USF 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 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

The DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program has teamed up with the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) to provide a state-of-the-art simulation experience, which is integrated into the curriculum. 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). The program is a challenging, full-time academic and clinical endeavor.

Certification: All DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program graduates are prepared to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered/tracked by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). 

Accreditations – Visit our Accreditation page to learn more.

  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More


    Admission is limited and very competitive. The number of applicants surpasses the number of admission seats. The applicant is responsible for compiling and submitting the complete set of materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

    Please consult the Graduate Catalog for more information.

    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 health care professions. As a result, 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 personal risks 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 principles 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 program.

    Important Information:

    All admitted nursing students are required to complete a background check, immunization verification, and drug screening. Additionally, students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process. 

    Complete By: First week of class
    Required   Immunizations: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot

    Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

  • Curriculum



    DNP Program Curriculum

    For information, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

  • Apply

    Application Process

    Applicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to successfully apply:

    1. Submit a Graduate Admissions Application

      • USF Graduate Admissions Application
      • For all questions, contact USF Admissions Office at (813) 974-3350 or visit its website
      • Note: Do not upload supplemental documentation; please bypass these sections of the application (e.g., test scores, transcripts and personal statements)
    2. Submit a NursingCAS Application

    Required Documentation: All documentation (e.g., transcripts, resume, certifications, etc.) must be submitted to NursingCAS by the deadline in order for applications to be considered.

    Interview Requirement: In addition to fulfilling the application requirements, a personal interview with faculty will be required.

    Learn more by attending an information session and application workshop.

    International Admissions

    • Foreign Transcripts: All coursework and degrees completed outside the United States require a course-by-course evaluation from an approved evaluating agency. Foreign transcript evaluation services are approved by the USF Graduate School. Please note that the Florida Board of Nursing maintains its own list of approved evaluating agencies.Transcript evaluations must be received at the College of Nursing in their original sealed envelopes by the deadlines posted.
    • English Language: Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Please see USF Graduate Catalog for more information or contact USF Office of International Admissions.

    Applicants Rights and Responsibilities:

    Applicants have the right to be treated in a respectful, timely, and truthful manner. Applicants have the right to have their applications evaluated with the same degree of consideration as any other applicant. Applicants have the responsibility to inform the concentration administration of any changes in their application packets. Applicants are required to submit applications and material by the stated deadline and to be truthful in the applications, as well as in all communication.


  • Application Deadlines

    TermApplication OpenDeadline to Apply
    SummerMarch 15February 15
    (August 15 priority deadline*)

    *Indicates the earliest date when the college will begin accepting students.

  • FAQs

    1. What is your admission class size?
      We admit approximately 50 students annually.

    2. How long has USF had a CRNA program?
      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.

    3. What is the National Certification Exam pass rate for recent graduates?
      Among our most recent graduates, 100% passed the certification exam on the first attempt.

    4. How is USF’s Nurse Anesthesia program accredited?
      Visit the college's Accreditation page for complete details.

    5. During our last semester in clinicals, will each student still be on a one-to-one ratio with a CRNA/anesthesiologist or will one CRNA/anesthesiologist be overseeing two or more students?
      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.

    6. Will all classes take place at CAMLS?
      Classes will take place at the USF Health College of Nursing, CAMLS and online.

    7. I also had a few questions for a recent graduate or senior student. Would it be possible for you to put me in contact with someone?
      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.

    8. Is it permissible to take the CRNA curriculum prior to formal admission at USF or at another regionally accredited institution?
      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.

    9. Is orientation required?
      Yes, orientation is required for each formally admitted student. Orientation will be held in late Spring and prior to the start of the program. In addition, every student is expected to attend live Intensives typically offered in the first week of Summer semester. 

    10. If I accept admission, what is the deposit?
      We do not require an admission deposit. You simply need to return your Intent to Enroll form in by the specified deadline.

    11. What does the status "Recommended for Admission" mean?
      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.

    12. What is the program attrition rate?
      The attrition rate for our most recent graduates was 8%.

    13. How successful are your graduates in obtaining employment?
      100% were employed upon graduation.

  • Handbooks

    MSNA & DNP

    The Nurse Anesthesia student handbooks are a collection of procedures, guidelines, and information pertaining to the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

     *These handbooks supplement the College of Nursing Academic Policies and Procedures.

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