Nurse Anesthesia Program

Nurse Anesthesia Program 2018-08-16T09:28:21+00:00

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 a concentrated academic and comprehensive clinical curriculum. Students will gain experience in the various required clinical specialty areas including general, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopedic, trauma, obstetrics, pediatric and ambulatory outpatient procedures as well as experience in regional anesthesia, pain management, trauma and emergency airway response.

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) application process is now available online for graduate student applications. Classes will begin the next summer semester on May 15, 2019.

Information sessions for potential applicants for summer of 2019 are on July 12, 2018 and September 13, 2018 at 5pm. RSVP and directions email Application information for summer of 2019 will be available by July 2018.

Program interviews are limited to approximately 60 qualified applicants to fill 16-20 positions. Interviews will take place December 2018 through February 2019 and final decisions may be posted within 10 days. Eligible applicants will have competitive GPA and GRE scores (GPA > 3.0 and GRE > 300 and within 5 years), a minimum of one year of critical care or emergency department experience in a high acuity setting and shadow experience of CRNAs or anesthesiologists. Attainment of CCRN, CEN or similar certification is suggested.


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or other discipline
  • Registered nurse with active licensure (CA licensure necessary by Program start date)—BSN, BS or BA
  • English comprehension or equivalent writing course
  • Anatomy and Physiology (one semester each or one-year combined course)
  • Inorganic (general), organic, and biochemistry (courses can be combined, minimum one year of coursework)
  • Physics (general)
  • Biology or microbiology
  • Health Assessment
  • Nursing research or statistics course
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed by Program start date. Coursework in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry older than 10 years may require the completion of refresher courses
  • Advanced standing in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia is not an option; up to 12 units of transfer credit may be applied to the existing program of study but is subject to program administration approval

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia has received accreditation through 2019 by the  Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and continues its commitment to excellence in the education of its graduate students. The Program pass rate on the national certifying examination for 2017 is 87% (first time takers; national mean 81%). The attrition rate for 2017 is 0% and employment within 6 months of graduation for eligible graduates is 100%.

The university holds regional accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). See the university website for further information (

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001


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

CRNA Summer 2018 Statistics
Total Applications: 80
Entering class: 20
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.50
Average Verbal and Quantitative GRE: 307
Average years of clinical experience: 2.7

Michele E. Gold

Michele E. Gold, PhD
Director, Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Curriculum Overview

Students enrolling in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) will complete the nurse anesthesia core courses (72 units). The course of study is 36 months; the first semester is online hybrid courses.

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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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