The Albany Medical College Center for Nurse Anesthesiology (CNA) Admission Requirements* are as follows:
All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Upon acceptance to the Albany Medical College Center for Nurse Anesthesiology, the following will be required prior to the start of the nurse anesthesiology program:
*Requirements are subject to change in accordance with the criteria set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Albany Medical College.
**A critical care area is defined as one where, on a daily basis, the registered professional nurse manages invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as Swan-Ganz; CVP; arterial; intra-aortic monitors), ventilators and vasoactive drips (such as levophed; epinephrine; dobutamine; cardene; nitroglycerine). The critical care areas, in order of preference, include the following: Surgical Intensive Care, Post-Open Heart, Coronary Care, Medical Intensive Care, Post-Anesthesia, and Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas will be considered provided they can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
***Critical Care Competency Certificate, or equivalent, reviews essential critical care skills required of every nurse who manages high acuity patients. The courses may be completed online or in a traditional classroom format. Certificate of completion is required.
****Research methods are defined as follows: The purpose of research methods is to demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of research. Research is the application of the scientific method to solving real world problems. Specifically, research methods provide models for the appropriate collection organization, and analysis of unbiased data for decision making, replication, and to contribute to the knowledge base. Students should be able to understand the research reports that are read and be able to analyze and critique them accordingly. A research course should cover the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and writing the research paper. It should also include the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics.