University of Southern California CRNA School/Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California CRNA School Keck School of Medicine

Health Sciences Campus
University of Southern California
Los Angeles,
CA 90089

Contact Information:

Phone: 323.442.1100
Url: website

Program Summary:

The University of Southern California’s Program of Nurse Anesthesia started offering a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) in August 2015. The program’s Anesthesiology Department continues to improve and to support the clinical, educational, science based research, and professional missions that are engrained the Keck School of Medicine. Historically this anesthesia program has been known for faculty stability, didactic excitement and research advancement. The University of Southern California’s CRNA school takes pride in the clinical experience provided to their students, and they continue to look forward to maintaining its tradition of clinically based academic excellence. People often ask us, “How hard is CRNA school?” The truth is it depends on which school you choose, the type of student you are, and many other factors. You can increase your chances of doing well in school if you start preparing now. CRNA Career Pro offers a free CRNA School Prep Course, and recommend that you spend a little time looking at the information it offers.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1965 Ranking: 2.8 out of 5.0 Class size: 20 Attrition Rate: 0% Tuition: approx. $75,000 National Certification Exam (NCE) 1st time passing rate: 88% (recently)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: California RN license
  • Work Experience: Minimum of one year critical care experience. Accepted: surgical, medical, neurosurgical, trauma ICU, pediatric or neonatal acceptable PACU or ER (determined on an individual basis)
  • GPA: minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE general test. GRE codes are: 4852 USC; 0610 Program of Nurse Anesthesia.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) BLS (Basic Life Support)


Inorganic, organic and biochemistry coursework (laboratory not required). Classes can be combined—all content must be covered. One semester of each (individual or combined) is acceptable. Introductory 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)


The University of Southern California has a formal interview that is an all day process. Applicants will be provided with an introduction followed by a group interview. Immediately after the group interview is a tour of the facilities. Applicants will then partake in the personal interview portion. During the personal interview you will be interviewed by administrative and clinical faculty. They do ask clinically based questions based on general experience the applicant brings in. As for now there is no written test however the school is considering the idea of having one.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



28 months



Clinical Sites:

The major clinical sites of the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia include: Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center Keck Hospital of USC Harbor-UCLA Medical Center West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Long Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles UCLA Medical Center Cedars Sinai Medical Center Hallmark Surgery and Pain Management Center. Student nurse anesthetists will not be assigned to each site but all requirements to satisfy graduation and accreditation will be met.

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