Nurse Anesthesia

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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.

Note: The USF College of Nursing is transitioning from the master's program (no longer admitting) to the DNP program (now admitting for summer 2019).


Accreditation – The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP programs at the USF College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 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 application for summer 2019 admission opens on March 15, 2018, with a priority deadline of Aug. 15, 2018. The priority deadline indicates the earliest date when the college will begin accepting students.

    After Aug. 15, 2018, applications to the program will be accepted on a space-available basis until Feb. 15, 2019. All application items must be completed and submitted for the application to be considered for admission. Priority admission will be limited to those meeting the Aug. 15 deadline.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program:
    • Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited program 

    • Completion of required undergraduate coursework: Pathophysiology (3 credits), Pharmacology (3 credits), Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits), Health Assessment (3 credits), Chemistry (3 credits), Statistics (3 credits) – with a grade of B or better (If prerequisite science coursework is more than 10 years old, repeating or supplementing with a refresher course at the undergraduate level is highly recommended. 

    • Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an Upper Division applicant working on a baccalaureate degree

    • Competitive score (performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three sub tests) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within five years of application.

    • Current license as a registered nurse

    • Personal statement of goals

    • Current resume or curriculum vitae

    • Minimum of two current years of experience as an RN in an aggressive adult and/or pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU), completed prior to matriculation into the program

    • Current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications

    • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification (highly recommended)* 

    • Maintenance of current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications while in program 

    • A personal interview with the CRNA program panel

    • Statement of good physical, mental and emotional health to be verbally provided during interview 

    • Three letters of recommendation, attesting to academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment (required from each of the following):
      1. CRNA or Anesthesiologist
      2. Current Nursing Supervisor
      3. Nursing Professor 

    Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration for admission.

    *“A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology." ‐ Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

    Disclaimer:
    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. 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

    Master's & DNP

    DNP Program Curriculum

    Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia

    Total Credit Hours: 94

    Sample Program Plan (for informational purposes only)

    For questions, call (813) 224-7831.

    Master’s Program Curriculum

    Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

    Total Credit Hours: 72

    Note: The USF College of Nursing is transitioning from the master's program (no longer admitting) to the DNP program (now admitting for summer 2019).

    Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Term Offered Term Planned
    Semester One
    NGR 6404 Anatomy/Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia I
    3 FA FA
    NGR 6002C Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
    4 FA FA
    NGR 6257 Pharmacology and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia
    5 FA FA
    NGR 6400 Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia
    3 FA FA

    Semester Total 15    
    Semester Two
    NGR 6460 Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia I 3 SP  SP
    NGR 6152 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 4 SP SP
    NGR 6420 Foundations of Anesthesia Practice 4 SP SP
    NGR 6492 Nurse Anesthesia Role Development 3 SP SP
    NGR 6440L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab I 2 SP SP
      Semester Total
    16    
    Semester Three
    NGR 7848 Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians
    3 SU SU alt
    NGR 6422 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan
    3 SU
    SU alt
    NGR 6441L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab II
    2 SU SU alt
    NGR6423 Theoretical Foundations of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Advanced Principles I
    3 SU SU alt
    NGR 6803 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    3 SU SU alt
      Semester Total
    14    
    Semester Four
    NGR 6431 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency I
    4 FA FA
    NGR 6442L Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab III
    2 FA FA
    NGR 6424 Theoretical Foundations of Nurse Anesthesia Practice: Advanced Principles II
    3 FA FA

    Semester Total 9    
    Semester Five
    NGR 6432 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency II 4 SP SP
    NGR 6929 Clinical Correlational Conferences 2 SP SP
      Semester Total
       
    Semester Six
    NGR 6433 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency III 4 SU SU alt
    NGR 6929 Clinical Correlational Conferences 2 SU SU alt
      Semester Total
    6    
     Semester Seven
    NGR 6434 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency IV 4 FA FA
    NGR 6491 Nurse Anesthesia Seminar/Certification Preparation
    2 FA FA
      Semester Total
    6    

    As approved by Graduate Council 04/16/2012, effective Fall 2015.


  • 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 it's 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.


    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

    All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.

    Term Application Open Deadline to Apply
    Summer March 15 February 15

  • 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?
      Ninety-three point five percent (93.5%) passed the certification exam on the first attempt. The overall pass rate on subsequent attempts is 100%.

    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?
      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.

    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 a live orientation required?
      Yes, a live, day-long orientation is required for each formally admitted student. This usually occurs between late June and early August.

    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. How much is tuition for this particular program?
      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).

    13. What is the program attrition rate?
      The attrition rate for our most recent graduates was 3 percent.

    14. How successful are your graduates in obtaining employment?
      One hundred percent were employed upon graduation.

  • Handbooks

    Master's & DNP

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

    • The DNP handbook is pending publication, please contact the program director with any questions.
  • Contacts

    Nurse Anesthesia Team


    Program Contacts

    Michelle Canale, DNP, CRNA, ARNP
    Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia
    mcanale@health.usf.edu

    Alan Todd, DNP, CRNA
    Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia
    lalantodd@health.usf.edu

    Zuzana Moore, MA
    Academic Services Administrator
    zmoore@health.usf.edu
        
    Susan Bucciero, MFA
    Academic Services Administrator
    sbuccier@health.usf.edu

    Program Faculty

    Sierra Gower, PhD, CRNA, ARNP
    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    sgower@health.usf.edu

    Karla Maldonado, DNAP, CRNA, ARNP
    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    karlamaldonado@health.usf.edu

    John Maye, PhD, CRNA
    Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    Adv. Pain Mgmt. Education Coordinator
    johnmaye@health.usf.edu

    Erik Rauch, DNP, MSN, CRNA, ARNP
    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    erauch@health.usf.edu

    Eleanor Rawson, DNP
    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    erawson@health.usf.edu

    Kenneth Wofford, PhD, CRNA, CDR, NC, USN
    Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    kwofford@health.usf.edu

  • Graduate Certificate

    Continue Your Education

    Simulation-Based Academic Fellowship in Advanced Pain Management

    This is an innovative advanced pain management certificate for certified registered nurse anesthetist providers. Click here to learn more.