The University of Southern Mississippi is the only CRNA school in Mississippi.
The University of Southern Mississippi
College of Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Program
118 College Drive #5095
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Marjorie Geisz-Everson, CRNA, PhD, Interim Program Director
Nicole Magee, Administrative Assistant/Academic Coordinator
ph: (601) 266-5500
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice
36 months full time
117 semester hours
June 30th (opens January 1) Notified for interview in August, interviews are scheduled for mid-September and expect to hear about acceptance during the end of September.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at University of Southern Mississippi
Tuition listed is for new students and covers the duration of the program. Expect tuition to increase by 5-15% more than what is shown here due to annual tuition increases.
Cost of In State Tuition: $63,000
*Fees and expenses: $2,100
Grand Total: $65,100
Cost of In State Tuition: $81,000
*Fees and expenses: $2,100
Grand Total: $83,100
* This includes the estimated cost of textbooks and application fee.
20 students (usually interview around 60 applicants)
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CRNA Program Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from a nationally accredited (National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
Current unencumbered license to practice nursing in any state with eligibility for licensure in Mississippi. Mississippi license will be required by the time of matriculation.
Applicants must be currently working as an RN and have a minimum of 1 year (2 years preferred), full-time experience as a registered nurse in a critical care setting. Applicants must have experience in continuous ECG Monitoring, invasive monitoring, vasoactive infusion management, and ventilator management.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
- CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit)
- SICU (Surgical Intensive Care)
- Neurosurgical ICU
- MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit)
- Level III Pediatric ICU
- Level III Neonatal ICU
They do not accept:
- Coronary ICU
- Post Anesthesia ICU
- Step-down Units
- Emergency Room
3.0 and above.
Minimum GRE scores:
GRE scores of 300 or higher (a combination of verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale). A score of 1000 or higher (a combination of verbal and quantitative scores on the 200-800 score scale). A writing score of 4.0 or higher. Must be taken within the last 5 years.
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- Approved graduate level statistics, completed with a B or better, within the last 5 years. Biostatistics is preferred.
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CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
Ranking and scores are not available for University of Southern Mississippi.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
USM Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed in October, 2012. It was given five years accreditation and will be reviewed again in October, 2017. 5 years accreditation is standard for a new CRNA Program.
First Time Pass Rate
50% (Class of 2015)
10% (Class of 2015)
94% (Class of 2015)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Mississippi
Mississippi CRNA salaries tend to be below the national average and range from $120k-$140k. Starting salaries for nurse anesthetists in Mississippi tend to be lower than that range.
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.
How many clinical sites are affiliated with the USM NAP? Will I be required to rotate to all of the sites?
The USM NAP has 11 clinical sites, including two level II Trauma Centers, two military hospitals, CRNA-only practices, ambulatory surgery centers, and office-based anesthesia. As a student, you will rotate to all of the clinical sites in order to maximize learning opportunities.
Will I be expected to cover call shifts and Holidays while in clinical?
Yes. You will be assigned call shifts and rotation shifts (e.g. 3-11, 11-7, weekends, and Holidays) to maximize clinical learning experiences.
Do they require a Capstone Project?
Yes. You will be required to share your findings either by report, project or oral/poster presentation.
How many vacation days am I given?
25 days of vacation/sick leave time during the 36 months.
All information given on this site about the University of Southern Mississippi was taken directly from their website.
*This page was created March 27, 2017.*
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