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Nurse Anesthesia, D.N.A.P.

School of Medicine Columbia

Become a vital part of the health care team for patients in surgery. Our fully accredited program delivers personal attention along your journey to achieve the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) certification.

A nurse anesthesia program within the South Carolina School of Medicine means you'll receive the best possible career preparation. Our students learn in state-of-the-art simulation training centers and from clinical activities for the hands-on practice of classroom concepts. You'll enjoy our small class size and interactions with our practicing, supportive faculty.

Program Highlights

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    Real Settings

    Work in clinical experiences in both rural and urban settings to allow exposure to a wide variety of practice types.

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    Experiential Learning

    Benefit from early integration into simulation and clinical environments beginning in the first on-campus semester.

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    Expert Faculty

    Learn from face-to-face instruction by expert faculty currently practicing anesthesia in their respective fields.

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    Nationally Accredited

    Our program has received full 10-year accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

What You’ll Study

Build upon your nursing bachelor's degree or nursing associate's degree plus science bachelor's degree. Begin online for two semesters then join us on campus. Study foundational anesthesia concepts, leadership, crisis resource management and policy while completing simulation and clinical activities to enhance your acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Workplace Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Surgery Centers
  • Practices