About the Program of Nurse Anesthesia

“Under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician faculty members who are part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC 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, orthopaedic, trauma, obstetric, 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 accepting new applications soon. Classes begin every year in May.

Information sessions for potential applicants for summer 2021 will be June 16, 2020 and July 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please RSVP to loida@usc.edu.

The USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia has received accreditation through 2023 by the  Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and continues its commitment to excellence in graduate nurse anesthesia education. The program pass rate on the National Certifying Examination for the graduating class of 2018 was 87.5% (first-time takers; national mean 84.3%). The attrition rate for 2018 was 0%, and employment within six months of graduation for eligible graduates was 100%.

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

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

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

(847) 655-1160

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

Incoming Student Statistics (Summer 2020):

Total applications: 86
Entering class: 20
Average cumulative GPA: 3.65
Average verbal and quantitative GRE: 308
Average years of clinical experience: 4.0

Elizabeth Blu Bamgbose, PhD, CRNA
Director, Program of Nurse Anesthesia


Jeffrey R. Darna, CRNA, ACNP-BC
Director, Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Curriculum Overview

Students enrolled in the DNAP will complete the nurse anesthesia core curriculum (78 units). The course of study is 36-months full-time. The first semester (summer) is hybrid/online.

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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

USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC are committed to assisting students through the financial aid process.

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