Program directors Marquessa Fisher and Lisa Osbourne practicing technique on a simulator

Nurse Anesthesia

Why pursue the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program?

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program is for critical care registered nurses who desire to specialize in the delivery of anesthesia. The focus on nurse anesthesia enables one to practice in a dynamic environment with a great deal of responsibility and autonomy.

Our clinical affiliates offer students unique clinical experiences that include all three anesthesia delivery models: independent practice, supervision, and medical direction. Such experiences will enable our graduates to develop the strong skill sets needed to be independent providers proficient in a variety of anesthesia techniques.

But, is it right for me?

Important traits of a CRNA include:

  • * strong critical thinking and communication
  • * leadership and teamwork skills
  • * vigilant
  • * adaptable
  • * possess initiative
Dr. Marquessa Fisher watching to surgical technology students practice

Get real-world experience

USF CRNA students provide anesthesia for a minimum of 600 surgical procedures and 2000 clinical hours. Students will receive clinical education in anesthesia delivery for all types of surgical procedures including open heart, trauma, neurosurgical, thoracic, pediatric, obstetrical, and general surgery.




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Skills You'll Obtain

Administer a variety of anesthesia techniques to a variety of patients

Maintain anesthesia during an operation

Oversee recovery from anesthesia up to discharge from the facility

Dr. Marquessa Fisher helping a surgical technology student intubate a simulator

The USF Nurse Anesthesia Program will prepare the next generation of nurse anesthetists with the essential skills to serve society as compassionate clinicians, leaders, and educators.– Dr. Marquessa Fisher, Program Director

After Graduation

CRNAs practice in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors and in the U.S. military.

  • Traditional operating rooms
  • Obstetrical suites
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Pain clinics
  • Physician offices