Medical University South Carolina is one of two CRNA schools in South Carolina.
Medical University South Carolina Nurse Anesthesia School
Medical University of South Carolina
Anesthesia for Nurses Program
151B Rutledge Avenue
P.O. Box MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425
Angela Mund, CRNA, DNP, Program Director
ph: (843) 792-4067
fax: (843) 792-1984
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
36 months, full time
116 semester hours
Application deadline October 1. Invitations for interview will be sent out in November. Interviews take place during the middle of December.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Medical University of South Carolina. Tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of In State Tuition:$68,823
*Fees and expenses: $4,260
Grand Total: $73,803
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $98,595
*Fees and expenses: $4,260
Grand Total: $102,855
*This includes the estimated cost of books, test fees and application fee.
Number of Applicants
120-150. They interview around 60 applicants.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Medical University South Carolina’s Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
MUSC’s nurse anesthetist program is primarily front loaded, meaning that the didactic portion, conducted at Medical University of South Carolina, will take place in the first 18 months. During the remaining 18 months, you’ll complete your clinical experience at local and regional hospitals, while continuing a very light didactic load.
Quoted from Medical University South Carolina’s website – bold is supplied by all-crna-schools.com:
“The clinical curriculum offers opportunities for diverse experiences in the anesthetic management of elective and emergency surgical procedures. Students are required to administer anesthesia to a minimum of 600 patients with experience including inhalation, intravenous and regional anesthetic agents. These agents will be administered by all of the recognized techniques to a wide variety of patients.
Do your students compete with anesthesia residents?
Rotations are shared at Medical University of South Carolina’s Medical Center and Charleston Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
Are students allowed to perform their own regional anesthesia?
“Yes. In addition to very comprehensive didactic training that includes a human cadaver lab, our students gain hands-on regional experience at most of our clinical sites. At the Naval Hospital and VA Medical Center, a large percentage of the surgical cases are done with regional anesthetic techniques performed by our students.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
You need either a Bachelor of Nursing degree (from an accredited program) or a higher nursing degree.
Current RN license. Once admitted, you will have to obtain your South Carolina and Georgia RN license before you start your clinical rotations.
Have a minimum of one year full time experience as an RN in a critical care setting when you apply to the program. Most who are admitted into the program have 24 months of experience.
Examples of acceptable critical care experience:
- Coronary Care Unit
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Neonatal ICU
Unacceptable critical care experiences include:
- Emergency Room
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- Operating Room
Minimum 3.0 GPA, most who are admitted into the program have a 3.45 GPA or greater.
This is only required if your GPA is below 3.6. The GRE must be completed within the last 5 years. The GRE is waived if your GPA is 3.6 or higher or if you hold an earned master’s or higher level degree from a regionally accredited institution.
You’ll need a copy of TOEFL scores if you have not studied in the U.S.
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- General Chemistry
- Statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics
- *Organic Chemistry, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology are recommended, but not required.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
3.0 out of 5.0. Ranked 26 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Medical University South Carolina Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2009. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2019. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Medical University South Carolina
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: 86% (2015)
- National average (2008): 89.9%
MUSC graduates have achieved a pass rate on the certification exam above the national average for the past eleven years, including 100% pass rate for nine of those years. Their class average is typically 20 to 30 points above the national mean, with at least one or two students achieving the highest possible score on an annual basis.
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
All students who sought employment were able to find jobs within 6 months after graduation.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in South Carolina
South Carolina nurse anesthetist salaries range from $140k-160k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I work while I’m in the program?
You cannot work as a nurse anesthetist while undergoing this program, but you may work in other capacities provided that your performance remains satisfactory.
How much time off will be given throughout the course of the program?
For the first year of the program, time off will be given according to the University’s calendar. In the final eighteen months of the program, you will observe holidays according to staff responsibilities. Thirteen days will be provided as sick days or vacation days during the clinical period.
All information given on this site about Medical University South Carolina’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated September 21st, 2016.*
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