Program Admission Information


Admission Requirements:

  1. Critical care registered nurse experience
    1. Minimum 1 (ONE) year of critical care nursing experience
      1. Strongly recommend applicants have a minimum of 2 (TWO) years of critical care experience by the start of the program
      2. Program start date is May every year
    2. Critical care is defined as the regular and consistent delivery of high acuity professional registered nursing care to patients with complex pathology who may require mechanical ventilation, vasoactive infusions and advanced hemodynamic monitoring
    3. Critical care patient population includes adult, pediatric and neonatal
  2. Minimum GPA 3.0 (2018 applicant average GPA = 3.62)
  3. Official transcripts from ALL postsecondary schools attended
    1. Electronic transcripts should be sent to:
  4. Course prerequisites: Please review Prerequisites FAQ
    1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or other discipline
    2. Registered nurse with active licensure (CA licensure necessary by program start date) — BSN, BS or BA
    3. English comprehension or equivalent writing course
    4. Anatomy and physiology (1 [ONE] semester each or 1 [ONE] year combined course)
    5. Chemistry 2 (TWO) semesters. One semester of general (inorganic) chemistry and one semester of either biochemistry. Combined courses are acceptable but TWO semesters are required.
    6. Physics (introductory or general) ONE semester
    7. Biology or microbiology
    8. Health assessment
    9. Nursing research or statistics course
    10. All prerequisite work must be completed by March 31st of the enrollment year. Anatomy, physiology, general chemistry, and biochemistry or organic chemistry older than 10 years must be retaken and completed by March 31st of the enrollment year.
    11. Advanced standing in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia is not an option; however, up to 12 units of transfer credit may be applied to the existing program of study but is subject to program administration approval and university policy
  5. Official GRE transcripts from ETS
    1. USC school code: 4852
    2. Department code: 0610
  6. CRNA or anesthesiologist shadow experience
    1. 1 [ONE] quality shadow experience
    2. Download and complete the shadow verification form
    3. Submit (upload a PDF) the verification form with the application
  7. Three recent letters of recommendation
    1. One letter from a direct nurse manager or supervisor
    2. One letter from an advanced practice clinician (CRNA, NP, MD or PA)
  8. Statement of purpose
    1. Complete BOTH questions that appear in the supplemental application
  9. Completion of university graduate application
    1. Create your username and password
    2. On the upper section, click Add Program
    3. For Program Level, select Doctoral
    4. Then click “Search”
    5. Scroll down to Keck School of Medicine and select “2021 – Summer1 – Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice”
  10. Complete the program supplemental application (timed)
    1. Upload a current resume or curriculum vitae
    2. Upload the completed (signed) shadow verification form
    3. Upload a current California RN license, PALS, ACLS and BLS documentation
    4. Complete the two statement of purpose questions
  11. A nonrefundable $75 USC program application fee (separate from the university fee) must be mailed directly to the school. Applications will not be processed until fees have been paid.
    • Checks should be made payable to: USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia.
    • The mailing address is:
      USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia
      1540 Alcazar Street
      Center for Health Professions, Suite 205
      Los Angeles, CA 90089-9012

The program application cycle opens July 15th and closes October 15th. Only completed applications received during the application cycle will be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required application documents have been received by the program and/or university.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the program. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview date in December. Program interviews are limited to approximately 50 qualified applicants to fill 20 positions. Admission decisions will be made after all interviews are completed. Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance to the program by early January.

*Returning candidates must submit a new updated application with the following information:

  1. Updated postsecondary school transcripts (if applicable)
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. A new, completed (signed) shadow verification form
  4. A current RN license (California must be in place before program start)
  5. A new, completed statement of purpose answering both questions.
  6. A $75 USC program application fee made payable to: USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia

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Jeffrey R. Darna, CRNA, ACNP-BC
Program Director
USC Health Sciences Campus
1540 Alcazar St., CHP 205
Los Angeles, CA 90089