Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships

Grants are awarded to eligible institutions to provide financial support through traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students beyond the twelfth month of study in a master's nurse anesthesia program.


Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects provide financial support to students enrolled full-time beyond the first 12 months of study in a nurse anesthetist education program to cover the costs of tuition and fees, books and reasonable living allowance.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Ms. Karen Breeden, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 8-C26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-5787.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

2007 - 79 awards were made; 2008 - 73 awards were made; 2009 - 75 estimated awards will me made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To meet the costs of traineeships that will pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses for the program for registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists for up to a maximum of 18 months of full-time study.

Award recipients must have completed 12 months of study in a nurse anesthesia master's program.

Restricted uses: Indirect costs and trainee travel are not allowed.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public nonprofit entities accredited by a recognized body or bodies or State agency, approved for the purpose of nursing education by the Secretary of Education, which provide registered nurses with full-time anesthetist master's education and have evidence of earned accreditation status from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Traineeship recipients are selected by the participating institutions. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, be enrolled full-time beyond the 12th month of study in a participating nurse anesthetist master's education program.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.

Deadlines .


Public Health Service Act, Title VIII, Section 811, 42 U.S.C. 296j, as amended, Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 2 to 3 months after receipt of applications.




Applications may be submitted annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for (1) year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial status reports are required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,250,000; FY 08 $1,250,000; and FY 09 est $1,250,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 08: Range is $276 to $56,247; Average is $17,123.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Ms. Karen Breeden, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 8-C26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5787.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All eligible applicants are considered in a formula for determined awards. Eligible applicants must meet all applicable Federal guidelines and/or graduates must be eligible for national nursing organization certification, and/or programs must meet other national organizational guidelines, as appropriate, in the nursing field of study.

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