Nurse Anesthesia Certificate Program

Program Description

Program in Nurse Anesthesia Student Handbook

The nurse anesthesia post-master’s statutory certificate program is designed to allow master’s prepared registered nurses to add professional competencies which prepare them for additional areas of gainful employment.  Nurse anesthetists provide holistic and comprehensive anesthesia care for patients through the life span during the perioperative period, including pain management.

Post Master's certificate recipients are eligible to take the certifying exam administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The program is certified for advanced practice/nurse practitioner status by the New York State Education Department.

Applicants with graduate degrees will not be awarded a master's or higher degree upon completion of the post-master's certificate anesthesia program.


Please contact the Office of Admissions for details regarding admission and financial aid packages. Applications must be received no later than November 1 to be considered. Please note, applications for the Nurse Anesthesia Certificate Program can only be submitted online.

Admission criteria include:

  • Master's degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program with official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Personal interview with the program director
  • Certification as Critical-Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) is highly recommended
  • Minimum of one year experience in an accepted intensive care setting
  • Current New York State nursing license or eligibility
  • Two semesters of Chemistry (at least one organic course)
  • Three references attesting to applicant's academic ability and potential
  • Personal goal statement that is congruent with program goals (two pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae


The minimum credits for the post master’s Nurse Anesthesia Certificate Program is 34 credits and represents the basic post-master’s statutory certificate in this major.

Individual students may need additional course work, depending on previous study and experience. Students may receive advanced standing or exemption, based on standard School policy.

A sample curriculum is provided below to make you aware of the academic requirements of the program. Please be advised that this is a sample curriculum plan, and individual plans of study are reviewed and approved upon acceptance to the program. Progression in the program is contingent upon meeting academic policies. The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the course offering schedule as stated in the student bulletin.

Course Number Course Name Credits
N6104 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I ‐Lab 2
N6863 Regional Anesthesia, Theories, and Techniques 2
N6864 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia I 3
N6865 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia II 3
N6866 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia III 3
N6867 Principles and Practice of Nurse Anesthesia IV 3
N6879 Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease 3
N8111 Pharmacology for Anesthesia and Critical Care 4
N8866 Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia 1
N8870 Nurse Anesthesia Residency I 2
N8871 Nurse Anesthesia Residency II 2
N8872 Anesthesia Residency III 2
N8873 Anesthesia Residency IV 2
N8874 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice I 1
N8875 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice II 1
N8876 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice III 1
N8877 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia Practice IV 1
Credits 36

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