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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Nursing Faculty List

Program Information

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

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. In addition Nurse Anesthesia Masters program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

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

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited program.
  • Competitive applicants to the CRNA Program 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/0or neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) must be complete prior to matriculation into the program.

    "A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nursemanages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary arterycatheter, 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, PediatricIntensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may beconsidered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasivemonitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology." - Council on Accreditation of NurseAnesthesia Programs.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certifications (must be maintained while in program). Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is also highly recommended.
  • A personal interview with the CRNA Program 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 program.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration for admission.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The M.S. program in Nurse Anesthesia requires completion of the credit hours required by the Program. Sequencing of courses is particularly important and academic advisors work with students to design full-time program plans in the program. 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 Program 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 Program Hours72 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.

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