Graduate Certificate

Advanced Pain Management Fellowship

This innovative advanced pain management certificate for certified registered nurse anesthetist providers offers the following features:

  • Convenient online program with a two-day on campus clinical experience and clinical residency
  • Five sequential courses over three consecutive semesters
  • Evidence-based guidelines in understanding and treating both acute and chronic pain
  • Focus on the concept of pain beyond traditional views of interpretation and modulation of nociceptive impulses


John Maye, PhD, CRNA, Professor
Adv. Pain Mgmt. Education Coordinator

Zuzana Moore, MA
Academic Services Administrator


Course Location/Delivery

The certificate program is online and requires a two-day simulation/cadaver experience at USF CAMLS in Tampa, FL, and on-site clinical residency.

The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) is a 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with a wealth of health professional education and training, for both individuals and teams.


Course Sequence

For this special program, class size is limited to 30 students each year. The course sequence is available in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Overview

The Advanced Pain Management Fellowship at the USF, College of Nursing, proposes that pain is a complex phenomenon mediated through mechanisms that involve more than the traditional views of tissue damage. Traditional views of aligning pain only with tissue damaging stimuli are limiting and may be the driving force behind economic costs associated with the treatment of pain to be estimated at $560-635 billion annually. Pain fellows at USF will consider the physical, psychological, and social aspects of the individual as they develop approaches to pain management plans. Those who enroll in the fellowship will be presented with a challenging curriculum intended to transform traditional views and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to vastly improve the treatment of pain.

  • Curriculum


    This highly innovative online program consists of five courses to be delivered sequentially over three consecutive semesters. The concepts presented in each course will establish a framework of knowledge intended to impart the certified registered nurse anesthetist with the necessary background to understand and treat pain utilizing effective and relevant evidence-based guidelines.

    The curriculum in each course will address the concept of pain beyond the traditional views of interpretation and modulation of nociceptive impulses. Pain not only evolves from tissue damaging stimuli, but may also serve as a consequence of the way stress, sleep, and central autonomic nervous system tone affect the brain.

    The Advanced Pain Management Fellowship student handbook includes information on procedures, and guidelines.

    More information is available in the Graduate Catalog.

  • Application Process and Deadlines 

    Application Process 

    Please visit the Innovative Education’s Graduate Certificates website for the application process and online application for admission. (Note: the application process for fall admission will initiate on January 18, 2021

    Program specific materials should be submitted via email to Zuzana Moore. These include:  

    1. A copy of your transcript from a Nurse Anesthesia program 
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of Interest
    4. Reference letter from a supervising clinician/clinical colleague
    5. Copy of an active NBCRNA card

    Official transcripts need to be submitted to:

    University of South Florida
    Graduate Certificates
    USF Innovative Education
    4202 E. Fowler Ave., LIB608
    Tampa, FL 33620

    Application Deadlines

    Visit the Innovative Education's Graduate Certificates, How To Apply page for the current deadlines.

  • Admission Requirements, Prerequisites, Tuition and Fees 

    Admission Requirements:

    Applicants must have a master/doctoral degree from an Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program and be a Board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with a minimum of two years experience at the program start (yearly in August). A minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level course work.


    Practicing nurse anesthetist (CRNA)

    Tuition and Fees*:

    The Pain Management certificate program follows the same tuition structure as our Nurse Anesthesia program.

    Tuition and Fees: Please visit the University Controller's Office for the Current Graduate Rates (state, local, and other fees). 

    Student Expenses: Travel, hotel accommodations, and meals

    *Please Note: The tuition and fee information listed above is for estimation purposes and can be subject to change.

  • FAQs

    (1) What is the goal of the fellowship?

    The goal of the Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Program is to provide nurse anesthetists with a fundamental understanding of the pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, and interventions relevant for the treatment of pain through academic and clinical experiences.

    (2) What is the mission of the fellowship?

    To improve patient care and accessibility to care through knowledge and education regarding advanced pain management.

    (3) What courses will I take and how will it benefit me as a CRNA provider? 

    The curriculum will provide a strong base in concepts of pain pathophysiology, pharmacology of pain management, assessment and psychology of pain, and interventional procedures for pain management. Graduates will be prepared to meet the growing demand for pain management and develop opioid sparing strategies improving the treatment of pain. See the Graduate Catalog for more information. 

    (4) How are the courses structured?

    The first four courses each have eight modules. Each module contains (1) course, (2) modules, and (3) presentation objectives. Each module also contains at least one and sometimes two faculty-developed video presentations with several supporting videos to build on learning concepts. Each module has additional instructional materials with learner activities and assessment outcomes all carefully aligned with the objectives of the course. Learner activities and assessment outcomes are advanced and reflective of a graduate education curriculum with development of manuscripts, power point presentations, discussion board posting, quizzes, and final exams. The fifth course is the clinical course and has clinical hour and case requirements (contact the program for details). 
    (5) Will I have to come to Tampa? 

    Students are required to come to the CAMLS training facility during the spring semester (usually mid-April) for a two-day simulation/cadaver experience.  Under faculty supervision, students will be evaluated as they perform interventional procedures on simulators and human cadavers and as they perform a physical examination on a standardized patient. Visit the CAMLS website for hotels, directions, and parking details.

    (6) What is the simulation center like in Tampa?

    The CAMLS training facility provides hands-on instruction and assessment to ensure learner competency.  Examples of the learning modalities include standardized patients, ultrasound equipment, fluoroscopy equipment, a CT scanner, cadavers, animal models, and a variety of low and high-fidelity simulation models. Visit the CAMLS website to learn more and explore the facility. 

    (7) Is the fellowship accredited? 

    The fellowship has received a five-year accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and is accredited through July 2022.

    (8) When are tuition payments due?

    Tuition payments are due the fifth day of each term. For details regarding tuition deadlines see the University Controller’s Office website.

    (9) When can I apply?

    The fellowship will accept up to 30 students yearly on a rolling admission basis. You can apply anytime after Feb. 1 of the year you want to matriculate. Each class or cohort will start in August and graduate the following August.

    (10) Will the program make me eligible for the NSPM Examination?

    The program meets the academic and simulation course requirements to sit for the NSPM examination. However, attendance in the fellowship will only provide one of the three required letters of reference required to sit for the examination. The additional two letters will have to be obtained from clinical practice associates or mentors you work with within the pain field. The student is instructed to obtain the NSPM handbook from the NBCRNA to identify all the requirements. As you read the content of the NSPM examination and the content of the USF Simulation-Based Academic Fellowship in Advanced Pain Management note that approximately 80-85 percent of the content is covered in the fellowship. The prospective fellow would have to find additional resources to cover the gaps.

    (11) Will there be a final examination?

    The fellowship will utilize the simulation/cadaver experience in March as part of the didactic outcome assessments. The simulation experiences will ensure that retention and application of knowledge has occurred. Each fellow will be graded on their performance of a physical examination with a standardized patient as well as several interventional procedures performed on either a simulator or cadaver.

    (12) Is clinical training a requirement?

    All of those who are enrolled must complete clinical training in the final semester of the program. The USF Advanced Pain Management Fellowship presently has more than 24 clinical training sites across the nation. Please check with the program director for the details of clinical requirements and assignments.

    (13) Can I use my VA benefits?

    Yes, contact the Office of Veteran Success. Start this process as early as possible to avoid any delays.
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    Note: Admission to a graduate certificate program does not imply automatic acceptance into a graduate degree program.

    All information contained on this page is for informational purposes only.