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 90089-9012
Michele E. Gold, CRNA, PhD, Program Director
ph: (323) 442-2037
fax: (323) 865-9518
CRNA Degree offered
36 months, full time
72 semester units
June – online hybrid, August is on campus.
November 1st for early decision or December 15th for regular admission.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at USC Medical Center.
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 Tuition: $129,600
Fees and expenses: $4,185
Grand Total: $133,785
Fees and expenses include estimated cost of textbooks, SEE, National Exam Fee, University Fees, Medatrax and prodigy board review.
16 – 20 students
Number of Applicants
2017: 80 applicants, 20 accepted.
Consistent with most nurse anesthetist programs, Keck School of Medicine is primarily front-loaded, with the majority of your core classes offered the first year of classes. Your clinical residency will begin the Summer semester of your second year.
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.
Clinical sites of the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia include:
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
Keck Hospital of USC
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Long Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center
Hallmark Surgery and Pain Management Center
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:
- general anesthesia
- regional anesthetic techniques
- modalities of invasive monitoring
- acute and chronic pain management
Baccalaureate degree is required from an accredited institution. It does not have to be a BSN (though most applicants will have a BSN)
RN with active licensure. A current CA RN license is needed by program start date.
1 year of critical care experience as an RN (Average clinical experience of accepted students is 3.8 years.)
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Neurosurgical ICU
- Trauma ICU
- Pediatric/Neonatal ICU
Will be determined on an individual basis:
Minimum of 3.0 (2016 Average Cumulative GPA of accepted students was 3.49)
Minimum GRE scores:
Minimum combined score of 300 is required on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE general test. (2016 average GRE score was 304.)
- BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Conversational Spanish is strongly recommended
Qualified applicants will have shadow experience of CRNAs or anesthesiologists.
CRNA Educational Requirements – satisfactory completion of the following college classes:
- Combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry (lab not required). Classes can be combined – all content must be covered. One semester of each (individual or combined) is acceptable.
- Statistics OR Nursing Research (one semester)
- Anatomy (one semester)
- Physiology (one semester)
- Biology or microbiology (one semester)
- Physics – general (lab not required; one semester)
- English comprehension or equivalent writing course (one semester)
- Health Assessment (one semester)
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked 24 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read 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
- First-time test takers: 74% (Class of 2016)
- National average (2016): 84.5%
6% (Class of 2016)
100% (Class of 2015)
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. Average annual salary is around $216k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $173,129 (according to a 2016 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
*This page was updated November 24th, 2017.*
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