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The Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability or any other factor protected by law. Admission to CCSU is contingent upon acceptance into the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia.

Requirements for admission include:

  1. BSN or graduation from an accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing with a BS or BA in the biophysical sciences; all candidates must have completed science pre-requisites including two (2) courses in chemistry and a microbiology course.
  2. One chemistry and one physiology must be less than ten years old as of application deadline.
  3. Minimum of one year critical care nursing. (Applicant must be an independent decision maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques.)
  4. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, with a GPA of 2.75 in the biophysical sciences.
  5. Three (3) letters of reference (minimum) including one from the immediate nursing supervisor from your most recent employer. (Reference form is included. Please duplicate this form as needed.)
  6. Completed school application with a $30.00 non-refundable application fee payable to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Application deadline is September 30.
  7. Proof of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN); valid RN license in the state of Rhode Island (required prior to Phase II). A Massachusetts RN license required prior to off-site rotations.
  8. One-page, typed personal statement reflecting your professional goals.
  9. Transcripts from your schools of nursing, and any college courses. Please have any foreign school transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc.,, 1-800-937-3895.
  10. Personal Interview

Graduation Criteria

During Phase II, students are evaluated at least once every three months throughout the remaining seventeen month duration of the program. Students shall complete self-evaluations and receive faculty evaluations for a total of six successive clinical practicals. The student is required to maintain an average of 75 percent in each academic course and a 2.0 average on all clinical practicum objectives. Should these standards not be met, the student will be placed on academic and/or clinical probation during the following three months. During a probation period, the student will have a monthly conference with the program director to assess the student's progress. Record of these conferences will be kept in the student's file in the office of the CRNA program director. 

A student placed on probation will be re-evaluated at the end of the following three months. Uncorrected deficiencies at the end of the probationary period may necessitate dismissal from the program. A student may not be placed on academic and/or clinical probation more than a total of three times during the 29 month course. In addition, probationary and/or dismissal procedure may be instituted at any time for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations outlined in:
    • The School of Nurse Anesthesia Handbook.
    • The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Policy Manual.
  2. Flagrant professional misconduct, or unethical behavior.
  3. Inability to work with co-workers, supervisors, and peers.
  4. Inability to cope with the stress of practice.
  5. Physical or verbal abuse, or assault on co-workers, supervisors, and/or peers.

A student dismissed from the program shall have the right to appeal, the procedure for appeal will follow the guidelines as outlined in the School of Nurse Anesthesia Due Process steps (4) and (5).

Graduation may be deferred if all terminal behavioral objectives have not been accomplished during the course of the 29-month program. The Faculty Committee and the Student Education Committee considers individual circumstances and offers recommendations to the CRNA program director. Depending on the situation, a student may have the opportunity to extend the established course of study in order to amend identified deficiencies and ultimately achieve terminal objectives of the School of Nurse Anesthesia.

An open-door policy always exists for each student to speak with the medical director, CRNA program director, and all the faculty. The atmosphere at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia is one of friendly congeniality, interest in learning and teaching, and mutual enjoyment of the educational experience.

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