36 months
63468 USD/year
63468 USD/year
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Under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician faculty members who are part of the Keck School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, student nurse anesthetists are guided in the administration and management of general anesthesia, regional anesthetic techniques and modalities of invasive monitoring. Apply to the Nurse Anesthesia program offered by University of Southern California.


The Nurse Anesthesia program offered by University of Southern California offers an intense academic and comprehensive clinical curriculum. Students will gain experience in a variety of clinical specialty areas including general, cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopedic, trauma, burns, transplantation, robotics, obstetric, pediatric and outpatient procedures.

Students have the most sophisticated anesthesia equipment at their disposal. Under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician faculty primarily provided by the Keck School of Medicine/Department of Anesthesiology faculty, student nurse anesthetists are responsible for the administration and management of general anesthesia, regional anesthetic techniques and modalities of invasive monitoring.

The graduate student in the discipline of nurse anesthesia will:

  • Upon entrance into the Program, the graduate student should catalogue roles and responsibilities of the critical care nurse to promote transfer of knowledge for enhanced delivery of health care as an advanced practitioner.
  • During the Program, the graduate students will organize a study plan to correlate the core academic and clinical curricula of the anatomic, physiologic and pharmacologic principles underlying the delivery of anesthesia care. To achieve this objective, the graduate student will integrate the scientific principles into the discipline of anesthesiology.
  • Completion of the capstone project will require the graduate student to research and defend, using principles of evidence-based practice, the management of anesthetic care to underscore foundations of science, patient safety, and ethics.
  • Following Program completion, the graduate student will prepare for and successfully pass the national certifying examination based upon the continued processing of information from curricular content, discussion and inquiry, and experiential learning gained during the course of study.
  • Graduates of the Program will contribute to the profession of nurse anesthesia through continued education in the science and practice of anesthesia management and successful interaction in competency performance measures to advocate for quality and safety in patient care.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Human Anatomy
  • Systems and Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology of Anesthesia Practice
  • Principles of Anesthesia Practice
  • Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthesia Practice
  • Pathophysiology Related to Anesthesia Practice
  • Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


78 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three personalized letters of recommendation (one must be from a direct nurse manager)
  • Official transcripts from ALL schools attended
  • Mail paper transcripts to the Program office (NOT the university)
  • Electronic transcripts 
  • Official GRE transcript from ETS.

Tuition Fee

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    63468 USD/year
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  • National

    63468 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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