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 School of Nurse Anesthesia c/o Kent Hospital. The Program's environment is based upon mutual respect and shared responsibility among students and faculty.
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.
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 professionals 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. The School of Nurse Anesthesia maintains clinical affiliations with Saint Luke's Hospital located in New Bedford, MA and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT.