Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions about the nurse anesthesia programs.

What do you consider "critical care experience"?

One year of full time acute care experience is a requirement for admission to any Nurse Anesthesia Program set forth by the Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  Each individual program may create additional expectations for what types of experience they feel are essential to meet their specific needs. Applicants to the Quinnipiac University Nurse Anesthesia program must have a minimum of two years of critical care experience. This will include ICU, CTICU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU, PICU (may be considered if in a pediatric specific hospital), NICU (may be considered if in a level I facility). Emergency Room experience may be considered in a level I facility only. Critical care experience cannot be over 5 years old for consideration.  Cath lab, telemetry, OR, and PACU are not acceptable experiences. Experience must be obtained in the US, its territories or protectorates.

Do all applicants get an interview?

Yes. All qualified applicants are granted an interview following screening of their application.      

Will I be able to work during the program?

The decision to work during the program is an individual decision but it is not recommended. The post baccalaureate program is only offered in a full-time format and the number of credit hours each semester may be as high as 15 credits. In addition, once the clinical practicum begins, the course work, preparation for clinical, call shifts, and required conferences will add to the demand on student's time. An average week of committed time in the nurse anesthesia program is approximately 50-60 hours per week. (post bac)   The post Master DNP program for working CRNAs is 24 months in length and can be obtained part time. Working during the program is expected.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition in the nurse anesthesia program is the same as for other graduate nursing programs. There is an additional clinical fee, which covers a number of costs associated with the program, of $800.00 per semester for post baccalaureate candidates and $400.00 per semester for post master's candidates.

Are there any pre-requisite courses that I need?

Yes. Completion of undergraduate courses in general chemistry (or inorganic) and organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology and statistics with a GPA of 3.0 or better in each required course. None of the required prerequisites can be over ten years old at the time of application.

How many students will you accept each year?

We will be accepting 12-15 in the post-baccalaureate track and 10 students in the post-master's DNP track.   

What are some of the admission requirements?

Post Baccalaureate:
Basic requirements for the post baccalaureate track are:
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing or an appropriate science from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency and a nursing degree that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and/or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.        
  • A current and unencumbered RN license to practice in the United States. 
  • Upon admissions, a Connecticut RN license will be required.
  • Basic Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and CCRN certification.
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A personal interview by invitation.
  • Two letters of recommendation that must be accompanied by our completed personal reference forms.
  • Personal statement: The topic will be indicated on the application.
  • Professional Resume
Post Master's:
  • A master's degree in nursing or an appropriate science such as biology, chemistry, health sciences, pharmacology or nurse anesthesia from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Registration as a professional nurse (RN or APRN) in the United States, its territories or protectorates.
  • A license in the state of Connecticut will be required upon acceptance. The APRN license is required in Connecticut for all CRNAs
  • A transcript showing graduation from an accredited Nurse Anesthesia program. Official transcript from the NBCRNA must be sent directly to the school.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A 3.0 minimum is required in the sciences taken at the graduate level.
  • Required core science courses are: anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, statistics, research and pharmacology at the graduate level taken in the nurse anesthesia program.
  • A Physical Assessment course is required, but may be taken as part of the doctoral program if not part of the master's coursework. Waiver granted if taken at the master's level.
  • Current certification/recertification as a CRNA.
  • Current practice as a CRNA Current BCLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.
  • Recommendations from current supervisor where presently employed, and program director or designee where the applicant received their master's degree.
  • Personal statement 
  • Current Resume

Can I do my clinical rotation at the hospital where I work? (post-masters)

The clinical practicum for the practicing CRNAs is designed as a specific project at your site of employment. Clinical rotations for the post-baccalaureate track will be held at a number of our clinical sites. All of them are located in Connecticut. Students will be assigned to their clinical rotation site by the program.

If I am accepted into the program, will I have to make a deposit to hold my position?

Yes. The deposit will be $2,500 and will be credited toward the tuition/fees.

Do I need to get a computer to attend this program?

A personal laptop with Internet access is mandatory. Students are expected to be proficient with word processing, electronic mail, and online searches. Some knowledge of PowerPoint is also desirable.

How long is the program and when does it start?

The program is 36 months full time for the post-baccalaureate students and 24 months part-time for the post master degree DNP program. Classes start in May 2014.

How do I apply to the program?

Does your school have a simulation lab?

Yes. A state-of-the-art simulation lab is located on campus and includes two fully equipped operating rooms and a recovery room. The Simulation Lab provides a unique opportunity for the students to practice skills and interventions relevant to clinical practice. The Simulation Lab will be utilized throughout the program.