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, ACLS and CCRN
- 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. Although not explicitly required, coursework in statistics, pharmacology and research methods is strongly encouraged. Candidates who have completed any to all of these courses will be given preference during the application process. 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), within the past 5 years. Composite score of greater than or equal to 300 and 4.0/6.0 analytical writing score is highly recommended. Please send GRE scores to program code 1420.
- submit a narrative statement which delineates career goals, reason for pursuing the doctorate and life/work experiences and capabilities relevant to the pursuit of the advanced degree (400 word max).
Applicants for admission to the program are reviewed by the School of Nurse Anesthesia admissions committee.
The application deadline for entry level applicants is Oct. 15. Personal interviews are by invitation and must be scheduled before Nov. 15.
The application deadline for post-Masters completion applicants is Jan. 1.
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.