Nurse Anesthesiology Program

Nurse Anesthesiology
Learn more about the Graduate Studies Program in Nurse Anesthesiology
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are being accepted for

 August 2016 and 2017 Admission

The objectives of the Masters of Science Degree Program in nurse anesthesiology are to prepare skilled entry level nurse anesthesia practitioners. The practitioners will participate in didactic and practicum components of educational programs, undertake independent study and research, and assume leadership roles in the profession.

The philosophy of the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology is to develop competent nurse anesthesia professionals who understand their evolving role and recognize their significance in the health care delivery system. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who provide nurse anesthesia services should demonstrate sound professional, moral, and ethical standards in practice, as well as demonstrate accountability for the quality of services they provide. They must be prepared to assume leadership roles in the profession of nursing and nurse anesthesia, and be knowledgeable about factors that influence their practice. Active participation in assessment of the patient who undergoes a surgical procedure, anesthesia management, research, and education provides the perspectives required for contemporary nurse anesthesia practice.

The Nurse Anesthesiology Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068; 847-655-1160. The COA is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  For more information go to The Program is registered with the New York State Education Department. The Albany Medical College is accredited by the Middle States Association, a regional accrediting body.

In 2009, the COA granted the Program a 10-year accreditation which is the longest accreditation cycle administered by the COA. The Center for Nurse Anesthesiology has exceeded the COA's threshold pass rate on the National Certification Examination (NCE). The NCE first-time pass rate for the class who graduated in 2015 was 89% and 95% for second-time test takers. Class size is 20-25, the average attrition rate is 9%, and employment of graduates within 6 months of graduation is 100%. 

Competitive applications are reviewed on a continual basis (see admission requirements). The Program offers a 28 consecutive month sequence of integrated didactic and clinical practicum courses with classes starting in August of each year.

During the first year, graduate students complete courses in the basic sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology), Research, Nurse Anesthesia Practice, and Clinical Practicum Laboratories. In the second year, graduate students continue the Clinical Practicum Laboratories and Nurse Anesthesia courses, as well as complete a clinical residency and board preparation coursework.

The clinical practicum experiences allow graduate students to meet the requirements set forth by the COA. In addition to administering anesthesia to general, surgical, and obstetric patients, graduate students gain experience in administration of anesthesia in tertiary care settings, to patients undergoing more complicated procedures in specialty areas such as neonatal, pediatric, vascular, cardiac, oncological, kidney transplant, and neurological surgeries. Observation and hands-on rotations are provided for pediatric and adult open-heart anesthesia. Experience is provided allowing graduate students opportunities to provide anesthesia services to trauma patients for a variety of other emergent surgeries. Graduate students also gain experience outside of the surgical arena providing anesthesia service for non-operating room procedures.

Albany Medical Center Hospital, a tertiary care center, is the primary clinical campus located in Albany, New York.

The clinical portion of the program is enhanced by rotations to the following current off-campus clinical sites within New York State: 

- Bassett Medical Center (Cooperstown)
- Chenango Memorial Hospital (Norwich)
- Claxton Hepburn Medical Center (Ogdensburg)
- Ellis Hospital (Schenectady)
- Keller Army Community Hospital (West Point)
- Saratoga Hospital (Saratoga Springs)
- St. Joseph’s Hospital (Syracuse)

And two off-campus clinical sites located within the State of Massachusetts:
-  Baystate Medical Center (Springfield)
-  Berkshire Medical Center (Pittsfield). 

Clinical rotations are subject to change to meet accrediting agency requirements.    


  • Jodi M. Della Rocca, CRNA, PhD
     Associate Professor and Center Director
  • Michael E. Conti, CRNA, MSN
     Assistant Professor and Assistant Center Director 
  • Kristie L. Wade, CRNA, DNAP
     Assistant Professor and Research Director
  • Catherine M. Thomas, CRNA, MS
     Assistant Professor and Clinical Graduate Director  
  • Amy L. Harbeck, CRNA, MS
     Assistant Professor and Assistant Clinical Graduate Director
  • Giovanna M. Mahar, CRNA, MS
     Assistant Professor and Assistant Clinical Graduate Director 

Administrative Staff

  • Helene M. Gregory
     Administrative Program Coordinator
  • Joanne Lord
     Administrative Support Associate 


Contact Us for More Information
Albany Medical College
Center for Nurse Anesthesiology, MC-68
16 New Scotland Avenue, Suite 303
Albany, New York 12208
Telephone: 518-262-4303
Facsimile: 518-262-5170