Nurse Anesthesia

Academics & Admissions

Nurse Anesthesia information session – July 10th. Click here to learn more.

​​​Our Nurse Anesthesia DNP program is the only doctoral program in NJ preparing nurse anesthetists at the highest level of practice.

Meet Dr. Thomas Pallaria, program specialty director, as he shares his day-in-the-life-of in this video by Johnson & Johnson Nursing.

Read Anesthesia Stories from the SON Magazine
Filling the Anesthesia Gap | Life of Service

Program Overview

May deadline

Sept. 1 deadline for May admission

Credits and hours

85 credits + 2,800 clinical hours


full-time study
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At Rutgers School of Nursing, our nurse anesthesia program has a reputation for excellence. With a 91% first-attempt pass rate on the National Certification Examination for all graduates, a 100% employment rate, and excellent student and employer satisfaction data, we prepare nurse anesthetists for a full scope of practice in a variety of settings.

Student testimonial

All of my knowledge, expertise, and passion for anesthesia is inspired by Rutgers nurse anesthesia program leadership who continue to motivate its success. Any accomplishment I achieve in my professional practice is rooted in values instilled from the program.

Patricia Meringer, DNP, APN, CRNA
Program Graduate

Our program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs since its inception in 2004 when it was formerly the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. It received the maximum ten-year re-accreditation in 2018.

Thomas Pallaria

Meet the Specialty Director

Dr. Thomas J. Pallaria is the specialty director for the Anesthesia Program and is an Assistant Professor. He is an established and respected leader both in educating nurse anesthetists and in instituting Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) practice. Dr. Pallaria co-founded this program in 2004.

Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)