Certified Registered Nurse Anesthestists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who specialize in anesthesia care. With masters or doctorate level preparation, CRNAs safely provide millions of anesthetics to patients each year.
GHS Health Sciences Center has partnered with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine to train nurse anesthetist students at six of its sites in upstate South Carolina. With an integrated, innovative curriculum, our 27-month Masters of Nurse Anesthesia program comprises didactic courses and clinical experience. Integration of clinical training with coursework is a key feature of the program. Students begin a supervised clinical experience in the first semester. Clinical experience includes a minimum of 550 anesthesia cases covering a variety of general and regional anesthetics for pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, cardiovascular-thoracic, neurological, plastic otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, orthopaedics, and radiological procedures.
Through careful selection of applicants, quality instruction, and supportive environment, 97% of our admitted students succeed in completing the program and earning master’s degrees. All of our master’s trained graduates have passed the certification examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists and have scored at or above the national average. The first-time rate for passing the certification exam has been 92% for the past five years.
The program is fully accredited for the maximum 10-year period by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Both the quality of clinical training and the strong coursework emphasis in basic medical sciences were recognized as strengths of the training program.
Applications and Admissions
Are you ready? Visit our Admissions page to learn more about required prerequisites and applying to our program.
Current applicants and prospective students are invited to attend an information session. Sessions may be viewed on the Greenville campus, on the Columbia campus or via skype webinar. Sessions are offered every two months.