- When is the application deadline?
- Please refer to our application deadlines for current information.
- What type of nursing experience do I need before I consider applying to the program?
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and Council on Accreditation (COA) requires applicants who matriculate into nurse anesthesia programs to have completed at least one year (365 days) of critical care experience as an RN. This ICU experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision-making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. The COA defines critical care areas as one where, on a routine basis, the RN manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, CCU, MICU, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Burn-Trauma ICU, and Pediatric Intensive Care. Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Emergency Room, Telemetry, Step-Down, Neonatal ICU and Cath Lab are not considered acceptable experience.
- What is the average number of years of ICU experience that students have entering the program?
- Most entering students have at least 2-5 years of solid full-time ICU experience.
- If I am denied admission into the program, should I reapply?
- Admission into the Nurse Anesthesia program is highly competitive. If you feel your application is competitive, an additional year of ICU experience or Certification as a Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) may tip the scales in your favor for the following year.
- Can I request a permanent site?
The program has over 30 clinical sites in and around New York and New Jersey, including some in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Clinical assignments are based on the need to provide each student with a well-rounded clinical experience. Some sites are able to offer this range of experience at one facility. Most students rotate every two months to a different site. There are some sites that take students for a permanent rotation; this can be requested during clinical schedule development but is not guaranteed.
- Can I work while I am in school?
Classes are generally held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays the first year. Open lab is offered on Fridays. Clinical starts in late May of the first year in the program. Course work is intensive and although working during the program is not recommended by program faculty, some students find it possible to work one to two shifts per week before clinical starts. Once the clinical sequence begins, time commitments in the operating room and the classroom virtually preclude any opportunity to work outside of the program.
- Do graduates find jobs after graduation?
- Our graduate employment rate is 100%. Currently, the demand for nurse anesthetists far exceeds the graduate nurse anesthetist supply. The AANA predicts the manpower shortage will extend well into the next decade. Jobs are available in many different practice environments, from teaching hospitals to community hospitals to ambulatory care centers and beyond.
- What is the first time pass rate on the National Certification Exam (NCE) and do many students leave the nurse anesthesia program?
Our five year NCE pass rate for first time takers is 89%, with last year’s passing rate at 91%. NCE pass rate for second time takes is 100%. The attrition rate for the most recent graduating class (2016) is 3.3%.
- Are there any elective anesthesia rotations in specialty areas?
The program has affiliations with John Hopkins Medical Center, Schneider's Children's Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Westchester Medical Center for intensive pediatric rotations. Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland offers intensive trauma rotations. All students are required to have a cardiothoracic and obstetrical anesthesia rotation during their clinical sequence.
- Why is CCRN recommended?
- Certification as an Adult Critical-Care Nurse (CCRN) is a measure of competency attainment and is preferred by the faculty. Those who are not yet eligible to take the CCRN exam are encouraged to review CCRN Examination content to provide a firm foundation for advanced education.