Posted on Aug 9, 2016

CRNA at USF celebrates 10 years [VIDEO]

USF College of Nursing’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) program celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Since it first launched in 2006, the program has been growing fast – becoming one of the leading programs in the country.

For the last decade, the program has prepared top-quality, independent anesthesia providers. With the majority of training at one of the best simulation facilities in the country, Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), USF Nursing’s CRNA is leading the way.

“I am proud to lead the outstanding CRNA program at USF,” said Susan Perry, PhD, director of CRNA and senior assistant dean of the graduate programs at USF Nursing. “Since we first started, our goal has been to train exceptional nurse anesthetists to fill the role of top-notch, independent anesthesia providers. The outstanding students, top-quality faculty and state-of-the-art facility allow us to dream big and exceed our expectations.”


When it first started, USF CRNA admitted a small number of students. In its ten year anniversary, the college is admitting 50 applicants.

“The program has made tremendous growth in the last ten years,” said Dr. Erik Rauch, DNP, assistant professor for CRNA program at USF Nursing. “We started really small with very limited resources. We’re now in an amazing simulation training facility and we have unlimited resources –potentially more than any other CRNA program in the state or in the country.”

The program continues to transform healthcare to improve patients’ lives through innovative programs. USF Nursing’s CRNA faculty recently developed a top-quality graduate certificate in advanced pain management to help certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), physicians, physician assistants (PAs) and other health care practitioners properly diagnose, treat and manage pain. The program will first be offered to CRNAs in fall 2016. More information click here.


USF Nursing is also planning to admit the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) CRNA cohort in 2019. The DNP CRNA will take 36 months to complete.

Congratulations to USF Nursing’s CRNA on ten successful years. Many more to come.

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