School of Nursing

School of Nursing

Nurse Anesthesia becomes Doctoral Program

The School of Nursing (SON) transitioned the Nurse Anesthesia master’s program into a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, making Fairfield one of the first to offer a doctoral program in nurse anesthesia for entry into practice. The program is currently fully enrolled.

The program is offered in conjunction with Bridgeport Hospital and Bridgeport Anesthesia Associates. Nancy Moriber, Ph.D, CRNA, APRN, the program coordinator said that the new doctoral program puts Fairfield on “the cutting edge and at the forefront of nurse anesthesia education.”

The full-time, 36-month program was put in place in response to new professional standards in the field, which will require nurse anesthetists to hold a practice doctorate by 2025.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), nurse anesthetists are involved in approximately two-thirds of all anesthetics delivered in the United States and are the sole providers of anesthesia services in many rural hospitals and to men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

While educated to become clinicians, Fairfield’s DNP-NAP graduates will also be prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles, including executive positions in healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs, and university-based faculty positions with a clinical focus.

Nursing students in Christine Ross Earls’ biology class.


• Fairfield University’s School of Nursing was ranked among the top 100 best graduate schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The School tied with numerous other schools such as Northeastern University and Gonzaga University that have clinical partnerships with top medical centers and teaching hospitals like Fairfield does. The school has partnerships with a number of healthcare facilities including Yale New Haven Medical Center, Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Danbury Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

• The School of Nursing was awarded one of the largest federal grants in its history. Nurse Anesthesia Program Director Dr. Nancy Moriber, received funding of $446,856 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for the Comprehensive Anesthesia Training Through Simulation (CATTS) Project. It is designed to develop and implement a new comprehensive Anesthesia Crisis Resource management (ACRM) simulation space for students to practice crisis situations, and will be located in the Robin Kanerek ’96 Learning Resource Center.

• Dr. Meredith Wallace Kazer, graduate program director, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, which is considered one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.

• Outgoing Dean Dr. Jeanne Novotny was honored at the April Fairfield Awards Dinner with the Distinguished Faculty Award for spearheading the remarkable progress and growth in the School of Nursing over the 10 years of her tenure as dean.