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Program Description

Integrated, Innovative Curriculum

The 27-month Masters of Nurse Anesthesia program comprises didactic courses and clinical experience-integration of clinical training with coursework is a key feature of the program. Students begin a supervised clinical experience in the first semester.

Clinical experience includes a minimum of 550 anesthesia cases covering a variety of general and regional anesthetics for pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, cardiovascular-thoracic, neurological, plastic, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, orthopedics, and radiological procedures.

Program Success

Class of 2012 Performance Measures:
  • Attrition Rate after Program Matriculation:  3%
  • Employment Rate within 6 months of Graduation:  100%
  • Certification Exam Pass Rate for first time takers:  91%

Cooperative Program

A School of Nurse Anesthesia Program was first established in 1969 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. The School of Medicine faculty has served as professors in the program since 1985, instructing required courses in pharmacology and physiology. A cooperative program between the School of Medicine and Palmetto Health Richland established a Master's of Nurse Anesthesia degree program in 1993. There are now more than 200 masters alumni.

In addition to the partnership between Palmetto Health Richland, the Nurse Anesthesia program has been expanded to include a collaborative effort with Greenville Hospital System. The partnership provides distance education courses and clinical experiences for nurse anesthesia students. Tuition and fees for both the traditional courses and those provided by distance education are the same.


The USC/PRMH Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect
Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 655-1160. The program's next review by the
COA is scheduled for May/October 2019.

Council on Accreditation