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
Doctor of Nursing Practice (entry)
36 months, full time
110 semester hours
August 31st. Interviews with selected students are held in October/November of the year. Notification of acceptance or decline will be sent to applicants in November.
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: $67,905
*Fees and expenses: $7,710
Grand Total: $75,615
Cost of Out of State Tuition: $115,965
*Fees and expenses: $8,010
Grand Total: $123,975
*This includes the USC fees, clinical fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Number of Applicants
110 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.
The first two semesters of this program are online in collaboration with UofSC’s College of Nursing. This format allows students to delay relocating to South Carolina while they complete introductory and foundational didactic coursework.
The students will meet on campus at the end of the second semester (second week of December) for orientation and simulation activities that will help solidify anesthesia concepts taught in the Fall semester.
Once students begin the on-campus portion of the program in January, outside employment is strongly discouraged due to the rigor and time commitment of the program.
From the time the student begins the on-campus portion of the program until graduate on, the program provides simulation and clinical activities to enable the educational experience to be as integrated as possible.
Opportunities to observe and practice the concepts taught in the classroom provide the student with hands-on application, enhancing acquisition on of both knowledge and skills.
Throughout the program, the student will complete some courses online in order to increase flexibility with the clinical schedule.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
A Bachelor’s degree in nursing or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in a basic science qualify for admission, if prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry are completed from an accredited college or university.
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 interviews. (Interviews will begin in December.) Current, ongoing intensive care unit experience 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 at least 305 is suggested to be competitive.
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 10/2019. It was given the maximum of 10 years 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 (2020): 90%
- National average (2019): 84.8%
Class of 2020: 5%
Class of 2020: 100%
An average nurse anesthetist salary in South Carolina
South Carolina CRNA salaries are lower than the national average with an annual mean wage of $165,940.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to a 2019 study)
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 February 25th, 2021.*
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