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Central Connecticut State University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), formerly the New England Association Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford received initial accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) in August 2013.  On October 25, 2018, we were awarded a full 10-year accreditation.

The Council on Accreditation can be reached:

By Mail:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia
Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL  60068-4001

By Phone: 847-655-1160
By FAX: 847-728-8128

By Email:

Learn more online about the COA Council on Accreditation

Required Public Disclosures

  • Class of 2020
    • National Certification Exam pass rate: 100%
    • Employment Status: 100%
    • Attrition: 0%

    Class of 2021

    • Attrition: 0%


    Class of 2022

    • Attrition: 0%

    Class of 2023

    • Attrition: 0%

Applicant’s Rights and Responsibilities

Applicant’s Rights:

  • to have their academic and other files handled with confidentiality as required by FERPA
  • to have their admissions status conveyed in a prompt manner

Applicant’s Responsibilities:

  • to provide all required application materials honestly and completely
  • to behave professionally during the admissions process and beyond

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Program complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap or disability, or any other legally protected factor.

Technical Standards

Applicants must understand that to successfully progress through and graduate from the nurse anesthesia program they must be able to perform the essential functions, technical skills and/or tasks of a nurse anesthetist using the following abilities:

Communication Skills

  • Thorough command of the written English language for the purpose of generating medical records, academic papers and scientific journal entries.
  • Thorough command of the spoken English language for the purpose of communicating effectively and clearly in a fast-paced clinical setting, with patients of all ages and during emergency situations.
  • The Admissions Committee will evaluate an applicant’s written and verbal English skills by assessing the application, letters, e-mails, correspondence, personal interview, and any other means of communication.

Sensory Capabilities

  • Discriminate variations in human responses to disease using visual, auditory, tactile and other sensory clues
  • Discriminate changes in monitoring devices and alarms using visual and auditory senses.

Motor Capabilities

  • Coordinate gross and fine motor movements and the senses of touch and vision as required of the anesthetist to safely provide all aspects of general, regional and Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) and the endurance to handle multiple patient needs.  Examples of such care include, but are not limited to, such tasks as: insertion of intravascular and intra-arterial lines, administration of regional anesthetics, and performance of airway management.
  • Demonstrate sufficient physical strength to perform airway management, move and position patients and equipment.
  • Sufficient stamina to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, and walk to various patient care areas throughout the institution, including the ability to respond to in-house emergencies in a timely manner
  • Safely maneuver in the operating room and other anesthetizing locations.
  • Respond appropriately to monitors, alarms and changes in patient conditions that require physical interventions.


  • Use reason, analysis, calculations, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation and other learning skills to acquire knowledge, comprehend and synthesize complex concepts.
  • Interpret information derived from auditory, written and other visual data to determine appropriate anesthetic management plans.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practice to provide safe anesthetic care.


  • Demonstrate personal and professional ethical behavior, self-control as well as tactfulness, sensitivity, compassion, honesty, integrity, empathy and respect, including the ability to handle multicultural issues.
  • Work flexibly and effectively in stressful and rapidly changing situations.

Cooperate with other members of the health care team to provide a therapeutic environment and safe patient care.

Criminal Background Checks, Drug Screening:

Participation in clinical rotations is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical rotation sites require a drug, criminal, and/or child abuse background check prior to participation in the clinical rotation. Clinical rotation sites may deny a student’s participation in the clinical rotation because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, which would result in delayed graduation or in the inability to graduate from the program. Drug and background checks will be done at the student’s expense.

Future Certification as a Nurse Anesthetist:

Applicants must be aware of the requirements of the National Board of Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (accessed from May 2010).

“The RN applicant for CRNA certification must verify:

  1. that his or her license has never been revoked, restricted, suspended or limited by any state, has never been surrendered, and is not the subject of a pending action or investigation;
  2. that he or she does not currently suffer from a mental or physical condition which might interfere with the practice of nurse anesthesia;
  3. that he or she does not currently suffer from drug or alcohol addiction or abuse;
  4. that he or she has not been convicted of and is not currently under indictment for any felony;
  5. that, except for incidents occurring during the nurse anesthesia educational program which were thereafter satisfactorily resolved, he or she has not been the subject of any documented allegations of misconduct, incompetent practice, or unethical behavior;
  6. that he or she has never been the subject of disciplinary action, been placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from a nurse anesthesia educational program for unethical behavior, questions of academic integrity or documented evidence of cheating.

If the candidate does not so certify, he or she must provide full documentation of the reasons therefore with sufficient specificity to allow the NBCRNA to evaluate the possible impact of the problem on the candidate’s current ability to take the NCE or practice nurse anesthesia and to resolve the issue to the NBCRNA’s satisfaction.”

Applicants must also be aware that the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) may not allow applicants to become certified who have been:    

  1. found by a court of law to be mentally incompetent;
  2. convicted of or pleading no contest to a felony that is in the view of the NBCRNA, related to the practice of nursing or nurse anesthesia;
  3. dismissed from a nurse anesthesia program for cheating or violating honesty and integrity policies.