University of South Carolina Columbia

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Program Length

27 months, full time

Credit Hours

64 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

Current licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states; South Carolina licensure is required prior to matriculation.

Minimum of one year full-time critical care nursing experience prior to the acceptance deadline of July 1. 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) or 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.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in basic science areas.

Satisfactory score on the GRE.

Certifications: BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).

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.


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