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Program Description

Integrated Curriculum

The 27-month Masters of Nurse Anesthesia program integrates didactic 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 2014 Performance Measures:
  • Attrition Rate after Program Matriculation:  0%
  • Employment Rate within 6 months of Graduation:  93%
  • Certification Exam Pass Rate for first time takers:  90%
  • Average Number of Cases per Student while in the Program – 910

Cooperative Program

A School of Nurse Anesthesia Program was first established in 1969 at Columbia Hospital (later named Richland Memorial 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 Richland Memorial Hospital 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 Health 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