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Program Description

Integrated Curriculum

The 27-month Masters of Nurse Anesthesia program integrates didactic coursework with simulated and actual clinical experience beginning in the first semester.

Students consistently exceed the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ required and preferred clinical case numbers by graduation.

The Program’s primary clinical training sites, Palmetto Health Richland and Greenville Health System, provide clinical opportunities that cover the spectrum of surgical specialties with the exception of Pediatric Heart and Transplantation. Affiliated clinical partners enrich the students’ clinical experience by offering rural, community, and military practice opportunities. The Program maintains a proud history of producing graduates with a clinical transcript that is competitive in a variety of practice settings. Plans for Program conversion to doctoral degree format are underway and should meet the Council on Accreditation’s timeline requirement for its accredited programs.

Program Success

Class of 2017 Performance Measures:

  • Attrition Rate after Program Matriculation: 3%
  • Employment Rate within 6 months of Graduation: 100%
  • Certification Exam Pass Rate for First Time Takers: 89%
  • Average Number of Cases per Student = 871

Cooperative Program

A School of Nurse Anesthesia was first established in 1969 at Columbia Hospital (renamed Richland Memorial Hospital in 1972, and Palmetto Health Richland in 1998). A cooperative relationship with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Richland Memorial Hospital in 1993 resulted in the conversion of a certificate program to a Master's degree program. In 2009 the Nurse Anesthesia program partnered with Greenville Hospital System (later renamed Greenville Health System) to create an additional primary clinical training site in the “Upstate” region of South Carolina. The curriculum is carried out using live, synchronous distance education technology where content can originate from either campus.


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 October 2019.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in September, 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in August, 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia, School of Medicine University of South Carolina 6311 Garners Ferry Rd, Building 101 Office 301, Columbia, SC 29208, Phone: (803) 216-3753, Email: