School of Nurse Anesthesia

The philosophy of the Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia is to provide society with highly competent nurse anesthesia practitioners. In order to fulfill this responsibility, it provides its students with a broad clinical and didactic experience, which is in keeping with the current standards and guidelines set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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The members of our faculty show a deep commitment to the education of nurse anesthesia practitioners. The faculty consists of certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician anesthesiologists, and professors who openly share their expertise with our students. Our objective is to provide the educational and clinical experience that will enable the student, after completion of the program, to provide safe anesthetic care to the wide variety of clinical situations that arise in the current practice of anesthesia.

We believe that our program of nurse anesthesia provides a tremendous educational stimulus for our students as well as faculty members, and the result of this can be seen in the quality of anesthesia care administered at our institution and the clinical and academic excellence shown by our graduates.


Marianne S. Cosgrove, CRNA, DNAP, APRN
Program Director
Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia
1450 Chapel Street - MOB #216
New Haven, CT 06511-4405

(203) 789-3351 (M-F, 8 am - 5 pm)
Fax: (203) 789-3352


The basic science didactic coursework is presented at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain. Students receive their clinical experience at Yale-New Haven Hospital in both the operating rooms and other critical care areas. The school also utilizes a number of affiliation sites outside the hospital for clinical experiences.

Since the inception of Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for board examination by NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists), the Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia has endeavored to familiarize its students with computerized testing strategies and techniques. During the 17 month clinical phase of the program, all tests are administered in our computer labs. Students take computerized examinations commencing with the spring semester and extending through the remainder of their clinical training. The tests are designed to approximate the difficulty and overall "character" of the certification exam, and thus offer the student real hands-on experience with computerized test taking.

Additionally, at the end of training, the students are given the opportunity to take a computerized exam on all material, to help the individual assess personal strengths and weaknesses in taking computerized examinations. This test is not part of the grading process, but is valuable in preparing the student for actual board examination.


To be eligible for enrollment into the program of anesthesia, an applicant must:

  • be a graduate from an N.L.N or A.A.C.N. accredited baccalaureate program in nursing or have another appropriate baccalaureate degree (biology, chemistry, etc.), from an accredited school, which must be completed at the time of application. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for consideration.
  • have a current, valid, professional nursing license in one of the 50 states, which satisfies the requirements of the applicable state board(s) of nursing.
  • have a minimum of one year of critical care experience at the time of application in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop independent decision making, demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring, based on a knowledge of physiologic and pharmacologic principles. Clinical experience must occur in the United States, its territories or protectorates. Critical care experience must be no older than 5 years old at the time of application.
  • have a current certification in basic life support and ACLS. Although not compulsory, CCRN certification is highly recommended. 
  • have completed in their undergraduate preparation two 4 credit courses in chemistry (this must include inorganic/general and organic chemistry or biochemistry), two 4 credit courses in anatomy and physiology and one course in microbiology. A course in pharmacology is strongly encouraged. The science GPA must be no lower than 3.0 at a minimum. Please note that science prerequisite courses must be less than 10 years old.
  • have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if the applicant's GPA is less than 3.5. Applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or greater are not required to take the GRE.

Applicants for admission to the program are reviewed by the School of Nurse Anesthesia admissions committee. The final deadline for completion of the application process is Oct. 15. Personal interviews are by invitation and must be scheduled before Nov. 15. Applicants will not be considered if they have been rejected twice previously by the admissions committee. Appointments to the program are recommended by the admissions committee and approved by the Directors of the School of Nurse Anesthesia. Notification of admission is done in late November.

Factors considered in the selection process are academic achievement; (a minimum 3.00 grade point average is required with a strong performance in the sciences), clinical experience, career motivation, character and other personal traits indicative of success in the program, and dedication to a career in nurse anesthesia. Acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory evidence of the above requirements, as well as three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the Office of the Dean or Director of your school of nursing and one from a current supervisor.

Early action may be considered by the admissions committee at the request of the applicant. Applicants for early action consideration must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater, a core science GPA of 3.0 or greater and a strong desire to attend the Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia as their first choice. Admission notification will be no later than two weeks from the time of the personal interview. Upon acceptance, the applicant will be required to pay the $3500.00 non-refundable commitment fee within a week of notification. If the admissions committee does not approve the early action, the candidate will have their application reviewed with the other candidates at the regular admissions meeting.

International applicants are required to submit additional documentation. Please refer to the University graduate catalogue. A catalogue is available from:

Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT
(203) 827-7265

A $50 application fee is required at the time of submission.

Students are admitted during the academic year in May. It is the policy of the School to select students on the basis of personal merit and capabilities without discrimination as to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Transfer students are not accepted. Upon acceptance a $3500 (non-refundable) commitment fee is due. An additional $15,000 (subject to change) clinical fee will be required at the start of the clinical rotations.

Application forms can be downloaded here.

A separate application needs to be made to Central Connecticut State University upon acceptance to the school. Applications will be forwarded at the time of acceptance.

Course Description

Students entering the Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia are given the opportunity to receive a Master of Science Degree in Biology with a specialization in nurse anesthesia from Central Connecticut State University via an academic affiliation agreement. The program is 29 months in length with admissions annually in May to coincide with the summer session at CCSU. The first 12 months are spent at the CCSU campus with the student enrolled full-time (9-12 credits) for three semesters. The remaining 17 months are spent in the clinical area at Yale-New Haven Hospital and affiliates. The course sequence is as follows:

CCSU Courses    
Credit Hours
Summer Chemistry 550
Biology 517
Fall Biology 500
Biology 540
Biology 528
Biology 598
Spring Biology 518
Biology 416


Prior to Graduation

Biology 590 (Clinical Case Study)
Oral comprehensive exam

    Total: 28-30
YNHHSNA Courses    
Spring Basic Principles 80
Summer Physics of Anesthesia
Fall Advanced Principles
of Anesthesia
Spring Professional Aspects


Guaranteed student loans are available through the financial aid office of CCSU during the didactic portion of the program.

Loans to students may also be granted by the AANA in the case of unexpected educational costs or financial problems. Students must be enrolled in the program for at least 12 months in order to qualify for consideration. The Educational Loan Fund Committee shall determine the amount of the loan.

Information and assistance for securing loans or grants while at the university can be obtained at the CCSU Financial Aid Office.


During the didactic phase, students follow the calendar and policies of CCSU as stated in the graduate catalog. The students will observe all holidays and have vacations during semester breaks.

Tuition and fees will be paid by the student directly to Central Connecticut State University at the time of registration. The current graduate tuition and fees can be found on the CCSU website.

CCSU Health services, in Marcus White Annex, provides a variety of services to all full-time graduate students during the didactic phase.

The housing office, in Mildred Barrows Hall, maintains off campus residence listings for students during the 12-month period at CCSU.

During the clinical phase, students are entitled to eleven hospital holidays in the 17-month period. Additionally, students receive 3 weeks vacation, 8 sick days and 2 research/conference days.

Benefits received during the clinical phase of the program include malpractice insurance. Students are required to carry health insurance, which can be purchased as a personal plan or through Central Connecticut State University.

Scrub uniforms for students are provided by the hospital at no additional cost. Housing, meals, transportation and parking are not provided.

Leave of absence and deferral of graduation are dealt with on an individual basis and are at the discretion of the directors and respective school faculty.

The Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education for the education and training of veterans.


  • Certification Pass Rate for 1st-time Takers (2014): 94% (15/16)
  • Certification Pass Rate for 2nd-time Takers (within 6 weeks)  (2014): 94% (15/16)
  • Attrition: 1 out of 17 (6%)
  • Employment of Graduates: All employed (100%)
  • Accreditation Status: 10 years, expires 2015
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
(847) 692-7050 X 1160
Fax: (847) 692-7137


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