St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia (SJHSNA) program was founded by Associates in Anesthesia (AIA) and accredited in 1962. In 1990, the program, through a university affiliation, gave the students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree. In 2013, a partnership formed with the Rhode Island College School of Nursing (RICSON) creating the current Master of Science in Nursing program. Class size is small (10 students) enabling each student to receive personalized attention from faculty. To date, SJHSNA has enrolled over 400 students into the program now conducted under the auspices of Narragansett Bay Anesthesia (NBA) in partnership with RICSON.
The Council On Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022, or thereafter, be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program is submitting its application for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to admit its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, 200 High Service Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904; 401-456-3638.
SJHSNA is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4010. Telephone (847) 692-7050 (www.coacrna.org). The program will be scheduled for its next consideration for continued accreditation in spring 2026.
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Updated on: 9/10/21