This page was last updated in 2022.
University South Florida is one of nine CRNA schools in Florida.
University of South Florida
Nurse Anesthetist Program
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Michelle Canale, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Program Director, Assistant Professor Nurse Anesthesia
ph: (813) 224-7808
CRNA Degree offered
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia
94 hours for the DNP
Approximately 50 students
Admission opens on March 15th. August 15th is the priority deadline and when the university will begin accepting students. They will continue accepting applications until February 2nd on a space-available basis.
Your application must be verified by NursingCAS and all supporting documentation received for an application to be considered complete.
You must also apply to USF Graduate School.
Entire Cost of CRNA School for University of South Florida Nurse Anesthetist Program.
Tuition is calculated at the 2020-2021 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: $65,547
*Fees and expenses: $9,653
Grand Total: $75,200
*This includes the miscellaneous school expenses.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that University of South Florida Nurse Anesthetist Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
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.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at University South Florida compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited program
An unrestricted RN license to practice in the U.S. A Florida license will be required before the start of the clinical phase.
2 current years of experience as an RN in an aggressive adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal ICU critical care unit, completed prior to matriculation into the program.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Medical Intensive Care
- Surgical Intensive Care
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care
- Coronary Critical Care
- Neurology Intensive Care
Note that critical care experience is also defined as daily or full-time contact with patients in the ICU, use of invasive monitors, continuous cardiac monitors, ventilators, vaso-active infusions, and life-threatening pathophysiology. They do not accept:
Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an upper division applicant working on a baccalaureate degree
Minimum GRE scores:
Competitive score (performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three sub tests) on the GRE must be taken within 5 years of application.
If English is your second language, you may need to take the TOEFL. A composite score of 550 for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate program.
Undergraduate Coursework Requirements:
- Pathophysiology (3 credits)
- Pharmacology (3 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
- Health Assessment (3 credits)
- Chemistry (3 credits)
- Statistics (3 credits)
With a grade of B or better (If prerequisite science coursework is more than 10 years old, repeating or supplementing with a refresher course at the undergraduate level is highly recommended.
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) is highly recommended
- CCRN is highly recommended
University of South Florida Nurse Anesthetist Program
CRNA School Performance
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University South Florida Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed in October 2011. It was given the maximum 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again in 2022.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University South Florida
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 (Most recent graduates): 100%
National average (2019): 84.8%
Attrition Rate: 8% (Most recent graduates)
CRNA Employment Rate: 100% (Most recent graduates)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in University of South Florida Nurse Anesthetist Program, Florida.
Florida CRNA salaries CRNA salaries are lower than the national average with an annual mean wage of $160,030.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $181,040 (according to a 2019 study)