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By definition, a nurse anesthetist is a registered nurse (RN) who has a minimum of two years extensive training and education in the specialty of anesthesia.

They administer all types of anesthesia, perform pre-operative assessments, and monitor the patient in the post-operative period.

The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is a 294-bed community hospital serving the Blackstone Valley of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The hospital is a teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program housed in the Center for Primary Care.

The School of Nurse Anesthesia holds an academic affiliation with Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, CT. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences/Anesthesia from CCSU, and a certificate of completion from Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. The School of Nurse Anesthesia has continually maintained full accreditation status by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education recognize the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs as an accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia. Current school accreditation is slated for renewal in 2021

The Council on Accreditation is located at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois, 60068, and may be reached at (847) 692-7050. E-mail


The Philosophy of the School of Nurse Anesthesia consists of an unequivocal commitment and desire to teach student nurse anesthetists in the art and science of the specialty, and facilitate the establishment of foundational knowledge from which learners build upon throughout their professional careers. This is accomplished through a continuous process of formal and informal educational activities in conjunction with experiences provided at Central Connecticut State University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. The Program's environment is based upon mutual respect and shared responsibility among students and faculty.

Program Overview

The student will receive a wide variety of experiences in all phases of anesthesia care, and will participate as an essential and informed member of the health care team. The resources of this didactic and clinical instruction is through physician, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA's), educators from the Department of Biological Sciences at CCSU, and other health professional whom operate under the Educational Standards and Guidelines of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Upon graduation, students are eligible to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist by applying for and successfully passing the national certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

The didactic and clinical phases of the Program are conducted in the university environment and within our own physical complex congruent with a friendly and congenial atmosphere dedicated to leaning and teaching with a sense of community. Currently, a neuro-anesthesia and open-heart rotation are incorporated into the second year of the Program. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island maintains clinical affiliations with Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, Saint Luke's Hospital located in New Bedford, MA, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA and St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT.

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