University of South Florida CRNA School

University of South Florida CRNA School

College of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC 22
Tampa, FL 33612

Contact Information:

Phone: (813) 974-2191
Url: website


Eric Rauch

Program Summary:

This Nurse Anesthesia program provides a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA). The CRNA school uses a lot of cutting edge technologies, and learning methods. Students have access to human anesthesia simulation, where they can practice anesthesia techniques. Once applicants get into CRNA school they will begin learning and applying the knowledge, skills and critical thinking necessary to become a competent and proficient nurse anesthetists.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 2006
Ranking: 2.1 out of 5.0
Class size: 30
Attrition Rate: 11%
Tuition: approx. $57,600
National Certification Exam (NCE) 1st Time Pass Rate: 100% (2012)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: A Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Nursing from a regionally accredited program. Unrestricted Registered Nursing license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Florida license will be required prior to the start of the clinical phase.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of two current years of experience as an RN Accepted: adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal ICU critical care unit Not Accepted: Emergency room, operating room, post-anesthesia, and obstetrics
  • GPA: A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system); recommended science GPA of 3.0.
  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application. Competitive score on the GRE. an overall score of 1000, on the old GRE scale, with a minimum score of 500 in quantitative and verbal is highly recommended. An analytical writing score of 4 is also recommended for graduate admission. An average overall score of 300, on the new GRE scale, with a minimum score of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative reasoning is highly recommended.
  • Certifications: :ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse)


Required undergraduate coursework
Pathophysiology (credits 3)
Anatomy and Physiology (credits 6)
Health Assessment (credits 3)
Chemistry (credits 3)
Statistics (credits 3)



CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



28 months


The curriculum is composed of the didactic phase (first twelve months) and the clinical phase (last sixteen months). Classes contain the principles and practices in all applications of anesthesia. This concentration is independent of the USF academic calendar. Some weekend, night and 24-hour rotations will be required during the clinical phase.

Clinical Sites:

Tampa General Hospital (TGH)
Bayfront Medical Center
James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center (JAHVAMC)
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Morton Plant Hospital
Mease Countryside Hospital
Mease Dunedin Hospital
Florida Hospital – Carrollwood
Florida Hospital Tampa – Fletcher
All Children’s Hospital
Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC)
St. Anthony’s Hospital
Shriner’s Hospital for Children
Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care
Gulf Coast Pain Management
Bay Pines
Tampa Bay Surgery Center
University Pain Management Center
Medical Center of Trinity
Blake Medical Center

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools