Admission Requirements

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) accepts applicants into the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship (ASPMF) on an ongoing basis during the application cycle, with classes beginning in the Fall. The ASPMF Screening Committee will review applicants to determine eligibility to interview with the ASPMF Admissions Committee. Prospective candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Practicing CRNA with at least two years of experience and an unencumbered license 

  • Attendance at an Essentials of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia (USGRA) Cadaveric Workshop within one year of applying 

  • Experience in performing USGRA blocks and access to ultrasound scanning capabilities 


As part of the application process, the following documentation is required: 

  • Application and Fee via NursingCAS 

  • RN License 

  • APRN License 

  • Official academic transcripts from every institution of higher learning attended, including transcripts for all non-degree-seeking academic courses taken since high school 

  • NBCRNA Certification (must be current with expiration date displayed) 

  • AANA Membership 

  • Nursing School Diploma

  • BLS & ACLS certificate

  • Current CV 

  • Three (3) letters of reference from:  

    • professional peer 

    • CRNA supervisor 

    • Chief Medical Officer of Anesthesia Group 

  • Proof of Personal Health Insurance 

  • Certificate of completion from an Essentials of USGRA Cadaveric Workshop within the past year 

  • Copy of driver's license

  • Personal Statement  

    • Please address the following information: 

      • Introduce yourself and your background. 

      • Describe your current clinical practice, including the types of nerve blocks you administer and their frequency. 

      • Explain the strategies you plan to use to effectively manage your workload during the program. 

      • Discuss how you envision applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the ASPMF program. 

  • Ultrasound Portfolio 

    • (2) Ultrasound images with labeled anatomy