Become a Certified Registered Nurse in Anesthesia with IAA. We offer two levels of programs: Entry Level and Advanced Specialization. Learn more here and apply now.
Our Entry Level Program is a full time, 36-month long practice doctoral program that enables critical care registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The Conducting Organization is Integrated Anesthesia Associates, a large, private corporation of anesthesiologists. IAA provides the clinical faculty which is composed of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Board-Certified Anesthesiologists. We have an Academic Affiliation Agreement with Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to grant the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree. CCSU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to offer the DNAP degree. Our first DNAP entry to practice cohort graduated in May of 2020.
Initial applications for the Entry Level Program are submitted to the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford. All official transcripts are reviewed internally and forwarded to the Graduate Office at CCSU for final approval.
Early Decision is available to CT residents who have a cumulative GPA > 3.5, meet all program eligibility requirements program requirements — Entry Level, and submit a completed application by June 1. Early Decision candidates granted an interview will be notified prior to September 1.
We submitted an application to the Council on Accreditation to increase in our class size for the class beginning in May 2022 (Class of 2025).
Completed applications received by September 1st of each year will be considered for interview. Interviews are conducted in the fall and granted to individuals who meet all program requirements — Entry Level by the application deadline. Acceptance decisions are usually made in November. A class of 10 will be accepted to begin at the university the following May.
The Entry Level Program is partially front-loaded with a full year of didactic foundational sciences courses at the University, followed by the 2-year clinical phase offered at our three clinical sites: Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Surgery Center. We have tentative approval from the Council on Accreditation to use St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Midstate Medical Center, and the Hospital of Central Connecticut as clinical sites. We anticipate that the average student will perform 800 cases and 3000 clinical hours. Anesthesia related courses and doctoral coursework are taught throughout the clinical phase (see DNAP Course Sequence — Entry Level). There are scheduled clinical conferences and meetings throughout the program, including various Saturdays.
Due to the sequential nature of the program, transfer credit or advanced standing is not permitted.
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