The complexity and diversity of available clinical services is one of USC Medical Center’s most compelling recruiting advantages.
USC Medical Center
University of Southern California (USC)
Program of Nurse Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
Keck School of Medicine
1540 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Michele E Gold, CRNA, PhD, Program Director
Philip Lumb, MB, BS, FCCM, Chair, Professor
ph: (323) 442-2037
fax: (323) 442-1701
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is currently offered. A proposed DNAP program will be offered in August, 2014. The program will be structured for professional CRNAs, will take approximately two years to complete, and will be on-line.
24 months, full time
45 semester units
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at USC Medical Center.
Tuition is calculated at the 2012-2013 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 Tuition: $66,285
Fees and expenses: $6,000
Grand Total: $72,285
Tuition Calculation: $1,473 per unit * 45 units = $66,285. Fees = $500 per semester * 6 semesters = $3,000 + $3,000 for textbooks.
Number of Applicants
Approximately 80 applicants; 50 are interviewed.
Consistent with most nurse anesthetist programs, Keck School of Medicine is primarily front loaded,
with the majority of your core classes offered the first 2 semesters.
An advantage of this program is that you’ll begin your clinical
experience during your second semester, allowing you to put your
knowledge into proper context.
As part of Keck’s CRNA Program, your clinical experience will provide you with everything you need to be a successful CRNA. Their Anesthesiology Department supports the busiest penetrating trauma service in the United States, and the clinical activities of the USC University Hospital receive Medicare’s highest clinical severity index of all academic centers in the state.
The complexity and diversity of available clinical services provides the Department with one of its most compelling recruiting advantages.
As a student in USC Medical Center’s CRNA Program, you will gain experience in a variety of clinical specialty areas including:
Students will have at their disposal the most sophisticated anesthesia equipment, including the use of the patient simulation center.
Under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician faculty, resident nurse anesthetists are responsible for the administration and management of:
Baccalaureate degree is required. It does not have to be a BSN (though most applicants will have a BSN)
current RN licensure
1 year of critical care experience as an RN (Average clinical experience of accepted students is 3.8 years.)
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
Will be determined on an individual basis:
Minimum of 3.0 (Average Cumulative GPA of accepted students is 3.84)
Minimum GRE scores:
Minimum combined score of 1000 is required on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE general test.
Conversational Spanish is strongly recommended
CRNA Educational Requirements - satisfactory completion of the following college classes:
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings - U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.8 out of 5.0. Ranked 41 out of 107 CRNA programs.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are somewhat bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
USC Medical Center Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2009. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2019. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at USC Medical Center
Five year average: 7%.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in California
California CRNA salaries are among the highest in the U.S., largely because of the higher cost of living. Most jobs range from $150k-$200k per year.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
*This page was updated December 2nd, 2012*