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.
Important traits of a CRNA include:
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.
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
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
CRNAs practice in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors and in the U.S. military.