The University of South Carolina (Columbia) is one of two CRNA schools in South Carolina.
University of South Carolina Columbia &
Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
15 Richland Medical Park, Suite 221
Columbia, SC 29203
Winston T. King, III CRNA, MHS
Program Director/Associate Professor
USC Graduate School, Columbia
ph: (803) 434-6344
fax: (803) 434-4099
Richard P. Wilson, CRNA, MNA
Assistant Program Director
Greenville Health System
607 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 455-6080
Fax: (864) 455-4029
CRNA Degree offered
Masters of Nurse Anesthesia
27 months, full time
64 semester hours
April 1st. Interviews with selected students are held in June of the year prior to the January admission. Letters of appointment will be sent to applicants in June or July.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of South Carolina Columbia.
Tuition is calculated at the 2014-2015 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: $33,006
*Fees and expenses: $31,333
Grand Total: $64,339
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $70,727
*Fees and expenses: $31,333
Grand Total: $102,060
*This includes the cost of health insurance, books, USC fees, hospital fees, clinical fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.
25-31 students per year
Number of Applicants
120 applicants per year
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that University of South Carolina Columbia’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.
This 27 month program gives students the ability start their clinical experience in the first semester.
University of South Carolina Columbia has a human-patient-simulator, allowing you to gain experience in managing rare but clinically significant problems.
There are two primary clinical training sites: Palmetto Health Richland (where you’ll gain 50% of your clinical experience) and Greenville Memorial Hospital. In addition to these primary clinical sites, you’ll have access to 10 affiliate sites. You may be expected to rotate to any or all clinical affiliated sites during the course of the program.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in a related science. Degree must be from an CCNE-accredited nursing program. Non nursing degree applicants must have had Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry.
Current licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states; South Carolina licensure is required prior to matriculation
A minimum of one year full-time critical care nursing experience prior to the acceptance deadline of June 15.
Clinical experience within the past three years is preferred and must be direct hands-on patient care in one of the following units:
- ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
- CCU (Coronary Care Unit)
- Alternate clinical experiences to substitute shall be evaluated upon request
”Priority is given to applicants who have the most recent work in high acuity, large hospital ICU or CCU settings where a broad base of invasive hemodynamic monitoring experience, management of ventilated patients, and administration of vasoactive drugs in the care of adult patients. Clinical experience within the past year is preferred.”
They do not accept Emergency Room as critical care experience.
A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required, (including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in basic science areas); the average cumulative GPA for admitted students was 3.56 for the Class of 2013.
Please note: the website states that a GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred, while the handbook states it is required.
Minimum GRE scores:
A threshold score of 300 is required.
Certifications: These are all required before matriculation and must be good for at least 8 month after matriculation.
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
CRNA Educational Requirements
A minimum of a 3-credit hour course covering biochemistry and organic chemistry is required, but a General Chemistry course (3 credit hours) may be accepted.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.7 out of 5.0. Ranked 48 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.
University of South Carolina Columbia 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 the University of South Carolina Columbia
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: 92% Class of 2015
- National average (2008): 89.9%
Class of 2015: 8%
Class of 2015: 96%
An average nurse anesthetist salary in South Carolina
South Carolina CRNA salaries are about the same as the national average and 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
During your first year as a nurse anesthesia student, your vacation days will coincide with USC School of Medicine’s holiday schedule. You’ll also have up to two weeks vacation during your summer practicum.
You’ll be given a total of 20 days of personal leave to be used during the remaining 15 months of the program.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
“Time commitment to study, class and practice may consume an average of 63 – 65 clock hours per week. The student should devote full-time to this demanding specialty. Time commitment to the program runs Sunday – Saturday.”
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Part-time work as a registered nurse or any other time consuming job, especially during the first year, is not encouraged. Outside employment should be discussed with the Program Director. Students who are not performing well either clinically or didactically are advised to devote full time to the graduate program.
All information given on this site about University of South Carolina Columbia’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated April 24th, 2017.*
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