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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Nurse Anesthesia (NAT)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 51.3804
College of Nursing (NR)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72

Contact Information:
College of Nursing
Nursing Department (NUR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Nursing Admissions
Phone: 813-974-2191
Email: nurstudent@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/admissions/masters-application.html


Faculty Search: Nursing Faculty List


Major Information

The major in Nursing leading to a Master of Science degree prepares its graduates for careers as Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of the masters in Nurse Anesthisia qualifies students to take appropriate national certification examinations and apply for state licensure.

Graduate Major Objectives:

  1. Synthesize knowledge and apply scientific and scholarly inquiry, analytical reasoning and sound decision making in the delivery of evidence based anesthesia care to patients.
  2. Assume the role of an advance nurse practitioner in the field of anesthesia as a CRNA. Engage in anesthesia practice to the fullest extent within the limitations of state statutes and practice setting philosophy. This includes strict adherence to the AANA scopes and standards for nurse anesthesia practice.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication in a written and oral format in a collaborative health care setting.
  4. Appraise quality advanced research for the promotion of superior health outcomes for the community.
  5. Develop as an active professional in the support of nursing at the state and national level.
  6. Incorporate those moral principles that guide universal practice in advanced practice nursing and anesthesia.
  7. Initiate leadership for the improvement of health care and advance the practice of nursing.
  8. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence in nurse anesthesia practice in various anesthesia delivery settings for patients of all acuity levels.
  9. Implement physiologically sound anesthesia techniques/plans specific to patient physical classification status, age and co-morbidities.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: December 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Baccalaureate Degree (in Nursing) to Master’s Degree Program (B.S. to M.S.)
Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing are prepared to enroll directly in graduate course work. The total number of credits required is specific to the nursing concentration. Admission criteria include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited program.
  • Competitive applicants to the CRNA Major should have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale). A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (based on a 4.00 system); recommended science GPA of 3.00.  
  • Required Undergraduate Coursework includes: 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 greater than ten years old, repeating or supplementing with a refresher course at the undergraduate level is highly recommended.
  • Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an upper division applicant working on a baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years of application. Competitive score on the GRE. A performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three subtests of the (General) Graduate Record Exam (GRE).Current license as registered nurse
  • Three letters of recommendation, indicating potential for graduate study, from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment. (Optimally, these letters will be from nursing professors, or clinical supervisors.)
  • Personal statement of goals
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A minimum of two current years of experience as an RN in an aggressive adult, pediatric, and/or neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) must be complete prior to matriculation into the major.

“A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology." - Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certifications (must be maintained while in the major). Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is also highly recommended.
  • A personal interview with the CRNA major Panel is required
  • Statement of good physical, mental and emotional health to be verbally provided during interview.
  • International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) composite score of 550 for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate major.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration for admission.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

The M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia requires completion of the credit hours required by the major. Sequencing of courses is particularly important and academic advisors work with students to design full-time program plans in the major. The curriculum is composed of the didactic phase first 12 months and the clinical phase last 16 months. The classes contain the principles and practices in all applications of anesthesia. The Nurse Anesthesia major is independent of the USF academic calendar. During certain rotations in the clinical phase, weekends, nights, and 24-hour rotations will be expected.

Total Minimum Hours:72 post bachelors

Core Requirements
NGR 6440LNurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab I2
NGR 6002CAdvanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan4
NGR 6404Anatomy and Physiology for Nurse Anesthesia3
NGR 6400Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia3
NGR 6460Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesia3

NGR6152Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology4
NGR 6157Physiology & Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists II5
NGR 6424Principles for Nurse Anesthesia3
NGR 6441LNurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab II2
NGR 6422Principles of Nurse Anesthesia throughout the Lifespan3
NGR 7848Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians3
NGR 6442LNurse Anesthesia Simulation Lab III2
NGR 6420Foundations & Methods of Nurse Anesthesia Practice4

NGR 6423Principles of Cardiothoracic Nurse Anesthesia3
NGR 6431Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency I4
NGR6803 Research and Evidence-Based Practice3
NGR 6929Clinical Correlational Conferences1

NGR 6432 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency II4
NGR 6929Clinical Correlational Conferences1
NGR 6492Nurse Anesthesia Role Development3

NGR 6433Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency III4
NGR 6929Clinical Correlational Conferences1

NGR 6434Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Residency IV4
NGR 6929Clinical Correlational Conferences1
NGR 6491Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive2

Comprehensive Examination
Comprehensive competency testing is done through two mechanisms. Currently this requirement is typically fulfilled during the final semester of study and consists of:

  • One is a comprehensive oral boards examination which is evaluated by a faculty panel.
  • The other mechanism is through the Self-Evaluation Exam (SEE) which is created by the NBCRNA for Nurse Anesthetists who oversees national certification and professional licensure.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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