Rutgers School of Nursing Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia

Rutgers School of Nursing Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia

180 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
Ackerson Hal

Contact Information:

Phone:(973) 353-5293
Url: Website


William L. Holzemer

Program Summary:

In 2008 the program was granted full re-accreditation by the COA for the maximum 10 year period. 24 students are admitted each year, with the ninth cohort entering in 2012. Our 72 credit program begins each fall semester and continues for 28 months (seven semesters) of full time study. We do not accept part-time students. Many of the MSN core courses can be transferred from other institutions or taken before beginning the anesthesia program. Both of these options require approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Program Director.” (Rutgers School of Nursing Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia)

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1966
Ranking: 2.5 out of 5.0
Class size: 22
Attrition Rate:1%
Tuition: approx. $55,000 in state
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: above 90%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: New Jersey Registered Nurse License or eligible for NJ licensure. RN Licensure from another state will be evaluated on an individual basis. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program. Applicants who have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be conditionally accepted into an MSN track but must complete the Transition Course before full matriculation into the specialty.
  • Work Experience: Evidence of one year recent experience as a Registered Nurse prior to entry into the clinical practicum courses. Evidence of two years current clinical experience is required Accepted: surgical ICU, cardio thoracic ICU, neurosurgical ICU, pediatric ICU, burn or trauma ICU. May consider NICU and selected PACU experience if the applicant can demonstrate comparable critical thinking skills. Not Accepted: ER or OR
  • GPA: Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. Under no circumstances, will we consider a candidate with less than a 3.0 GPA. Grades earned in science courses are scrutinized closely.
  • GRE: GRE not required.
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse)


Basic Statistics (including inferential and descriptive statistics with a minimum grade of “C”) Evidence of completion of a basic health assessment course.


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CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



4 years


The clinical experience begins in the second semester with one eight hour day. This serves as an introduction to clinical anesthesia. The student is able to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical application. During semester III the amount of clinical time increases to 12-16 hours per week. During semesters IV through VII the students are scheduled for full-time clinical experience averaging 36 – 40 hours per week, along with didactic courses.

Clinical Sites:

currently have 13 approved clinical sites in New Jersey and New York. Our primary clinical sites is University Hospital in Newark.
New Jersey clinical affiliates and specialty rotation sites include:
Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center
Beth Israel Medical Center
Jersey City Medical Center
Englewood Medical Center in Englewood
Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange
Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth.
New York City clinical sites include:>
New York University Hospital’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital
Methodist Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
North Shore University Medical Center

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools