The University of South Carolina (Columbia) is one of two CRNA schools in South Carolina.
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
School of Medicine University of South Carolina
6311 Garners Ferry Rd
Building 100, Office 301
Columbia, SC 29208
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 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: $37,500
*Fees and expenses: $24,191
Grand Total: $61,691
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $64,425
*Fees and expenses: $25,690
Grand Total: $90,115
*This includes the cost of health insurance, books, USC fees, hospital fees, clinical fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Number of Applicants
120 applicants per year
When did this CRNA Program begin?
CRNA Program Summary
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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 a CCNE-accredited nursing program. Non-nursing degree applicants must have completed prerequisites in 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 April 1st.
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 needed to be competitive. Competency based Nursing Programs where curriculum does not generate a GPA will not qualify applicants for admission.
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 months 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 – Schools by Rank
Ranked #50 in the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read 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: 85% Class of 2017
Class of 2017: 3%
Class of 2017: 100%
An average nurse anesthetist salary in South Carolina
South Carolina CRNA salaries are slightly lower than the national average around $164k.
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.
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. The 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 January 11th, 2019.*
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