NAPH | Entry Level Program


Become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with IAA’s Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford in Connecticut. We offer two levels of programs. Learn more below and apply now. 

Expectations and Dates

Early Decision applications are due by June 1st annually for classes beginning the following May.

In addition to standard eligibility requirements, Early Decision applicants need to be a CT resident with a cumulative undergraduate GPA > 3.5 and meet all eligibility requirements by June 1.

The program will evaluate completed Early Decision applications received prior to the deadline and invite qualified candidates for a personal interview.  Following the interview, applicants will be notified about their acceptance status by August 1. Early Decision applicants who are waitlisted will be deferred to the standard applicant cycle pool and can be selected during the standard application cycle. 

Applicants are eligible to apply for Early Decision once. 

Applications are due by September 1st each year for classes beginning the following May.

To qualify for an interview, the applicant must meet the following requirements by the application deadline:

  1. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered professional nurse in one of the fifty states and be eligible to receive a Connecticut RN license. Note: You must obtain a Connecticut RN license prior to matriculation.

  2. One of the following degrees is required:
    * Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
    * Baccalaureate Degree in another science that the Admissions Committee deems appropriate

  3. Minimum of 18 months of current critical care nursing experience, excluding the orientation period, working full-time with demonstrated proficiency in managing critically ill patients, mechanical ventilation, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, vasoactive IV infusions, and aggressive fluid management.

    Critical care is defined as regular hands-on care of patients with life-threatening pathophysiology, invasive lines, e.g. pulmonary artery catheters and arterial lines, ventilators; continuous ECG monitoring and interpretation, vaso-active infusions in an intensive care unit. Preferred areas of critical care experience include Surgical/Trauma ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neurosurgical/Neuro Trauma ICU, Pediatric ICU, or Medical ICU. The Emergency Department, NICU, and the PACU are not considered critical care areas.

  4. Current certifications from the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and CCRN.

  5. Prerequisite courses require a grade of B or better.
    – Statistics
    – Pharmacology
    * Two semesters of chemistry:
       * One semester inorganic/general chemistry
       * One semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry
    * Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology

    * One semester of chemistry and one semester of anatomy and physiology need to be taken in the past 8 years. Please contact the Program Director with individual concerns.

  6. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford and CCSU Graduate School.

  7. Three professional references, utilizing the form [see pdf link below], including a current ICU supervisor, ICU nurse educator or preceptor, and a peer (nurse, advanced practice provider, or physician who can discuss your critical care experiences).

  8. A personal statement or essay of your professional goals and reasons for pursuing the DNAP degree (300-word maximum).

  9. A personal interview with the Admissions Committee.  Note: Interviews are granted to qualified applicants who meet the pre-requisites by the application deadline.

  10.  Application Fee: $150.00 – check made payable to Integrated Anesthesia Associates.

Learn more about NAPH

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Johnson DNAP, CRNA, APRN
NAPH Program Director

Tel: (860) 265-4556


Integrated Anesthesia Associates’
Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford

Attn: Jennifer Johnson, Program Director

100 Retreat Avenue, Suite 902, 
Hartford, CT 06106