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Learn more about the Graduate Studies Program in Nurse Anesthesiology

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Nurse Anesthesiology Program


ONLINE APPLICATIONS are being accepted for August 2015 and August 2016 Admission

The objectives of the Masters of Science Degree Program in nurse anesthesiology are to prepare skilled nurse anesthesia practitioners who will have the ability to participate in both the 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 (CRNA), who renders nursing anesthesia services, should demonstrate sound professional, moral and ethical standards in practice, and be accountable 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 Albany Medical College nurse anesthesiology program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) located at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068; 847-655-1160 (http://home.coa.us.com/); a specialized accrediting recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The program is registered with the New York State Education Department.

In 2009, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) granted the program a 10-year accreditation. The Center for Nurse Anesthesiology has exceeded the COA's Threshold Pass Rate on the National Certification Examination (NCE) with an 89% pass rate for the past five years. Average  class size is 20-25; and average attrition rate is 8%. 

Competitive applications will be 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), Nurse Anesthesiology, Research Techniques, Nurse Anesthesiology Practice, and Clinical Practicum Laboratories, Professional Issues in Advanced Practice, and a Research Project. In the second year, graduate students continue the Clinical Practicum Laboratories, Nurse Anesthesiology courses, Professional Issues in Advanced Practice, and a Research Project.

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 a tertiary care setting, to patients undergoing more complicated procedures in specialty areas such as pediatric, vascular, cardiac, oncological, kidney transplant, bone marrow transplant, and neurological surgeries. Observation rotations are provided for open-heart anesthesia. Emergency experience is provided that allows graduate students the opportunity to provide anesthesia services to trauma patients for a variety of other urgent and emergent surgeries. Graduate students also gain experience outside of the surgical arena providing anesthesia service for emergencies, medical, and diagnostic 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: Albany Memorial Hospital (Albany), Bassett Medical Center (Cooperstown), Chenango Memorial Hospital (Norwich), Claxton Hepburn Medical Center (Ogdensburg), Ellis Hospital (Schenectady), Massena Memorial Hospital (Massena), Saratoga Hospital (Saratoga Springs), St. Joseph’s Hospital (Syracuse), and St. Peter's Hospital (Albany); and two sites located within the State of Massachusetts: Baystate Medical Center (Springfield) and Berkshire Medical Center (Pittsfield). 

These rotations enrich the learner’s experience in the areas of regional anesthesia administration, insertion of invasive monitoring catheters, administration of anesthesia for a variety of surgical procedures, adapting to new experiences, and different working environments. Clinical rotations are subject to change to meet accrediting agency requirements.    


  • Jodi M. Della Rocca, CRNA, PhD
     Associate Professor and Interim Center Director
  • Kristie L. Wade, CRNA, DNAP
     Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Program Director
  • Catherine M. Thomas, CRNA, MS
     Clinical Graduate Director  
  • Giovanna M. Mahar, CRNA, MS
     Assistant Clinical Graduate Director
  • Kelly E. Meyer, CRNA, MS
     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
email: amcnap@mail.amc.edu