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. To fulfill this responsibility, we provide our 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.

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

The program provides a tremendous educational stimulus for students as well as faculty members. The result is seen in the quality of anesthesia care administered at our institution and in the clinical and academic excellence of our graduates.

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 uses 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 familiarized its students with computerized testing strategies and techniques. During the 17-month clinical phase of the program, all tests are administered electronically via a computer platform. Students take computerized examinations commencing with the first spring semester and extending throughout the remainder of their clinical training. These exams are designed to approximate the difficulty and overall "character" of the national certification exam (NCE), offering students real hands-on experience with computerized test-taking and preparing them for success on the NCE.

At the end of training, the students are required to take the self-evaluation exam (SEE) that helps the individual assess personal strengths and weaknesses prior to taking the NCE. This test is not a part of the grading process, but is valuable in preparing the student for the 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 $3,500 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 catalog. A catalog is available from:

Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

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 $3,500 (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.

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.

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:


Chemistry 550 – 3 credit hours

Biology 517 – 6 credit hours


Biology 500 – 2 credit hours

Biology 540 – 3 credit hours

Biology 528 – 4 credit hours

Biology 598 – 3 credit hours


Biology 518 – 3 credit hours

Biology 416 – 3 credit hours

Prior to Graduation

Biology 590 (Clinical Case Study)

Oral comprehensive exam – 3 credit hours

Total: 28-30 credit hours

YNHHSNA Courses:


Basic Principles- 80 credit hours


Physics of Anesthesia – 24 credit hours

Pharmacology – 30 credit hours


Advanced Principles of Anesthesia – 97 credit hours


Professional Aspects – 48 credit hours

Conference – 48 credit hours

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 11 hospital holidays over the 17-month clinical training period. Additionally, students receive 3 weeks of vacation, 78 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
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847-692-7050, ext. 1160
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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

Call: 203-789-3351 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm)
Fax: 203-789-3352