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1. To provide a programme that will prepare senior professional nurses to accept greater responsibility in the administration of anaesthesia to patients who require this service in Jamaica and the other Caribbean Islands.

2. To ensure the delivery of cost-effective and accessible anaesthesia service to the underserved, by training more nurse anaesthetists for the region.

3. The school is committed to promote excellence in teaching, research and will endeavour to create an environment which will continue to foster growth and
development among students and graduates from Jamaica and the other Caribbean Islands.

Type of Institution:
The Jamaica School of Nurse Anaesthesia is a Ministry of Health training institution founded in 1981, and is entirely funded by the Jamaican Government. JSNA offers a diploma and prepares registered nurses from Jamaica and the English Speaking Caribbean islands for a professional career in Nurse Anaesthesia. The programme as is presently delivered was patterned from the Mount Marty Nurse Anaesthesia Programme in 1980. Collaborative efforts are in progress to upgrade it to a Masters degree in 2008.

National and International Recognition:
JSNA strives for excellence. A recent survey done by the school’s faculty shows that the patients, surgeons and employers are satisfied with the high standard of care administered by our graduates. Evaluation visits done by JSNA faculty to the Caribbean islands in 2006 was also
been met with enthusiasm, satisfaction and great expectations from stakeholders, where graduates are presently employed.


Founded in 1981, JSNA is a Ministry of Health training institution, funded entirely by the Government of Jamaica. Today JSNA offers a diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia and has trained greater than 80 registered nurses from Jamaica, Belize and the English Speaking Caribbean.

Alumni Achievements:
JSNA has greater than 80 graduates who have distinguished themselves in health care, management, education and other fields. JSNA has a job placement rate of 100%.


The institution is located on the grounds of the Kingston Public Hospital, North Street, Kingston, Jamaica West Indies. The 500 beds hospital has a long history as a training institution for health professionals. It is the primary trauma facility and the foremost maternity hospitality in the country. Kidney transplant was first performed at KPH in 1970. Over the years patients have come from all over the world for treatment.

JSNA has enrolled over 90 students since 1981. Students have come from Jamaica, Belize, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent, Grenada, Montserrat, St.
Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and Grand Cayman.

The institution is situated on the Kingston Public/Victoria Jubilee Hospital complex, and utilizes the clinical and other facilities. Students also attend the campuses of the University of the West Indies (UHWI) and the University of Technology (UTech) for basic sciences, physiology and pathophysiology lectures.

Class Size:
Class size of eight (8) students means hands-on learning, collaboration and engaging discussions in every discipline.

Entering Class Profile:
Students must have five (5) years nursing experience and a midwifery certificate.


Students have access to laptop computer, multimedia etc.

Scholarship and Financial Assistance:
Registered nurses employed by the Government and the University Hospital of the West Indies, are funded by these institutions. Foreign students are funded by their Government, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the European Union (EU). Private Jamaican students are accepted for training.


Tuition Fee …………………………$12,500 U.S.***

Subsistence………………………….$ 500 U.S. per month

Transportation………………………$ 300 U.S. per month

Books & Equipment……………….. $ 1,200 U.S. (duration of course)
Other Costs:

Recommended – one International Conference………..$ 2,000 U.S.

Compulsory – Local Conference……………………...$ 200 U.S. per year.

Local Field Trips (three (3))…………………………...$ 300 U.S. each

*** All Ministry of Health training programmes are to be transferred to one of the tertiary institutions – University of Technology/UWI, under the Ministry of Education and Culture. The tuition fee may change then. When this information is available it will be posted.

Academic Calendar:
JSNA academic calendar is semester based with a full semester starting in September and ending in December. Semester two starts in January and ends in May. Summer sessions are predominantly clinical. Major examinations are held at the end of the Basic Sciences and at the end of the final year.

JSNA is affiliated with Utech, UWI, UHWI and all Government hospitals that offer surgical facilities. The institution works closely with the International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetists (IFNA) and the American Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (AANA).

JSNA is accredited by the UWI, UTech, Nursing Council of Jamaica and the Jamaica Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (JANA).
The Ministry of Health has mandated all its training institutions to move into Colleges or Universities, in keeping with the trends in nursing education worldwide. Consequently, JSNA, MOH and UTech are discussing the terms of reference under which JSNA will be relocated to UTech as a Masters programme.