Return to: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Nurse Anesthesia Program
1540 Alcazar Street
Center for Health Professions #205
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9012
FAX: (323) 442-1701
Program Director: Michele E. Gold, PhD
Associate Program Director: Teresa Norris, EdD
Assistant Program Director of Clinical Services: Kären Embrey, EdD
Chair and Professor: Philip Lumb
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology: Randall Wetzel
Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Jack Berger; Mary Joseph; Ronald Katz; Duraiyah Thangathurai; Vladmir Zelman
Associate Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Steven Haddy, Jeffrey Lee; Michele Gold; Rajesh Patel; Steven Richeimer; Earl Strum
Assistant Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Rudolfo Amaya; Dimiter Arnaudov; Tawfik Ayoub; Armin Azad; Jason Bang; Maxim Benbassat; Martin Bohorquez; Kari Cole; Ahmed Darwish; James Daniel; Kären Embrey; Maria Espi; Gligor Gucev; Wayne Kaufman; Mona Kulkarni; Rodney McKeever; Mariana Mogos; Rana Movahedi; Ali Nemat; Teresa Norris; Shatel Patel; Catherine Rodziewicz; Ashraf Sedra; Fayez Takla; Candace Tay; Chelsea Varner; Samuel Yanofsky
Instructors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Roberta Ashley; Deborah Avnet; Gina Basehore; Brindusa Bauer; Paula Belson; Douglas Brannan; Ryan Brown; James Carey; Jennilyn Casalme; Johnny Cheng; Kim Coscina; Rebecca Darnell; Judith Franco; Jessica Frazier; Charlotte Garcia; Katharine Getz; Dolores Gibbs; Amy Gilb; Sarah Giron; Elizabeth Bamgbose; David Godden; Jennifer Hogan; Dina Hunt; Monique Jabbour; Kelsey Johnson; Kim Jones-Tang; Rory Keenan; Vadim Kuraev; Benjamin Lindsey; Jennifer Loshonkohl; Victoria McKinzie; Cameron Meyer; Cathy Ngo; Aileen Nguyen; Arthur Norcliffe; Michelle Olivares; Margaret Oliveto; Robert Olsen; Patricia Omoto; Nilu Patel; Nancy Perez; Erin Peters; Gabriel Punsalan; Christina Quinn; Ellie Rawson, Dhanya Renjith; Ilene Richards; Sara Rondinone; Susan Shenkosky; Michelle Smith; Tahira Smith; Helen Stepan; Crystal Trinooson; Regalado Valerio; Rhona Wang; Annie Wiley; Kelly Zhou
The nurse anesthesia program prepares qualified nurses in the specialty of nurse anesthesia and qualifies the graduate to sit for the certification examination given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. The graduate attains a high level of clinical competence with an extensive body of didactic knowledge relevant to the specialty and advanced practice nursing. The mission of the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia is scholarly education and professional development of future nurse anesthetists with the academic strength and leadership skills to advance our profession.
Students enrolling in the MS, Nurse Anesthesia course of study must complete the nurse anesthesia core curriculum and specialty practicum. The program consists of 47 units and is completed in 27 months of continuous enrollment (seven semesters; the first semester 2-unit course is provided in a hybrid online platform). There is an optional one-semester clinical fellowship offered in the eighth semester of enrollment to provide specialty training in a clinical area of choice: critical care, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, ambulatory anesthesia or pain management. Students may sit for the certification examination during this semester.
The program is based in the Department of Anesthesiology, and classroom instruction is provided by nurse anesthesia program faculty and faculty from the Department of Anesthesiology, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the Department of Cell and Neurobiology within the Keck School of Medicine, as well as clinical faculty from the program clinical sites. Clinical training occurs at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Long Beach Veterans’ Administration Medical Center and West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration Medical Center for the primary rotations. Advanced rotations occur at those sites, as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Northridge/Hallmark Pain Management and Surgery Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center.