Nurse Anesthesia Program

“Under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician faculty members who are part of the Keck School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, student nurse anesthetists are guided in the administration and management of general anesthesia, regional anesthetic techniques and modalities of invasive monitoring. Our mission promotes scholarly education and professional development of future nurse anesthetists with the academic strength and leadership skills to advance our profession.”

Program facts and statistics

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia offers an intense academic and comprehensive clinical curriculum. Students will gain experience in a variety of clinical specialty areas including general, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopaedic, trauma, burns, transplantation, robotics, obstetric, pediatric and outpatient procedures.

The program interviews approximately 50 qualified applicants to fill 16 positions. Interviews take place in February and final decisions are posted within 10 days. A competitive applicant should have eligible GPA and GRE scores (within 5 years), a minimum of one year of ICU experience in a high acuity setting and shadow experience of CRNAs or anesthesiologists. Attainment of CCRN certification is suggested. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by program start date. There is a 10-year time limit on coursework.

NOTE: The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program is anticipated to begin June 2017. The confirmed DNAP start date will be posted between June and October 2016.

Certifying examination for 2015 is 75% (first time takers) and 94% (second time takers). The attrition rate for 2015 is 0% and employment within 6 months of graduation is 94%.

For a list of all accrediting agencies of undergraduate study, click here.

CRNA Summer 2016 Statistics

Total Applications: 90
Entering class: 16
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.49
Average Verbal and Quantitative GRE: 304
Average years of clinical experience: 3.0


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, RN licensure, minimum of one-year critical care experience as a registered nurse (surgical, medical, neurosurgical, trauma ICU, pediatric or neonatal acceptable; PACU or ER will be determined on an individual basis)
  • Minimum GPA is 3.0
  • Minimum GRE score is 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative)
  • Combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry coursework (laboratory not required). Classes can be combined—all content must be covered. (Minimum of 2 semesters/3 quarters of chemistry)
  • Physics (laboratory not required; one semester)
  • Statistics or Nursing Research (one semester)
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Biology (one semester each)
  • Health Assessment (one semester)
  • English comprehension (one semester)
  • Current ACLS, PALS and BCLS certification are required for enrollment
  • Conversational Spanish is strongly recommended.
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Michele Gold
University of Southern California
Health Science Campus
1540 Alcazar Street CHP 205
Los Angeles, California 90089

Application deadline is December 15 and requires:

  • Official transcripts from ALL schools attended including GRE transcript (Electronic transcripts are preferred; if unable to send electronically to the following email address, paper copies must be sent)
    • Electronic transcripts send to
    • Paper transcripts send to:
      USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia
      CHP #205
      1540 Alcazar Street
      Los Angeles, CA 90089-9012

Information Sessions for Potential Applicants

September 22nd and October 13th
Contact Ms. Loida Calapatia, Admissions Assistant,
to RSVP and for all admission details.
(323) 442-2037

Curriculum Overview

Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia complete the nurse anesthesia core courses (47 units). The course of study is 28 months
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Rotation Facilities

Primary training sites include Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center — one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals — and Keck Hospital of USC. Trainees rotate at additional clinical sites in the Los Angeles.

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Financial Aid

The University of Southern California and the Keck School of Medicine are committed to assisting students through the financial aid process.
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