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Nurse Anesthesia

Our 28-month program focuses on integration of didactic, clinical experience, simulation with a broad base in the health sciences and a deep understanding of the mechanics of anesthesia.

Patient Experience

In many nurse anesthesia programs, you have to wait until after your first year to get experience working with patients. That's not true of our program. Our integrated clinical-focused curriculum will put you in a clinical setting within a few months of starting the program.


Personal Attention

Our program is small enough to give you the personal attention you need to successfully complete the program. In addition to regular office hours, our faculty also abide by an open door policy.



We see a wide range of ages and experience levels in our program. We recognize that not everyone takes the same path to our program, which is why we don't limit our program to students with bachelor's in nursing. We also accept students with a bachelor's in science degree, and hold a Registered Nurses license (associate degree in nursing), as long as they meet the other admission requirements

We are currently working toward transitioning our program to a doctoral degree program and should meet the Council on Accreditation’s timeline requirement for its accredited programs.



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 has just been fully accredited in the fall of 2019 and received the maximum 10 year accreditation status. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Fall 2029.

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 Spring 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June, 2021.

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

You can reach us by phone at 803-216-3753 or via email at

Class of 2018 Performance Measures

  • Attrition Rate after Program Matriculation: 3 percent
  • Employment Rate within Six Months of Graduation: 100 percent
  • Certification Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Takers 2018: 86 percent
  • Average Number of Cases per Student = 925


Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure

Each state has its own licensing board with its own requirements for advance practice nursing licensure.  All students must have an active Registered Nurse License in the state of South Carolina to be admitted into the program. The Master’s degree program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of South Carolina is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA-NAEP), thereby making its graduates eligible to sit for National Board of Certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

Students planning to practice in any state after graduation and national certification should check with that state to ensure all requirements for advance nurse practice licensure are met (Please see individual State Board of Nursing and Licensing sites for specific details). 

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