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Excela Health

Anesthesia School

The Excela Health School of Anesthesia is a 27 ½ month program in Nurse Anesthesia. The School of Anesthesia, in conjunction with St. Vincent College in Latrobe, offers a Master of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Graduates of the school are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the

Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Ill.  60068-4001

We currently have more than 20 clinical affiliation sites in the tri-state area. Our students obtain a wide variety of anesthesia experiences. Please use the links option at the top for more information.

Mission Statement

Excela Health School of Anesthesia is an institution of higher learning that seeks to educate students in the art and science of nurse anesthesia; we also endeavor to help our students develop as an individual. We assimilate new members into our group assisting them to be aware and respectful of the rights of others. Man, as an individual, never stops growing, and during certain periods in life, he takes giant steps forward. We acknowledge and encourage such development.


The School of Nurse Anesthesia, founded by Dr. F. D. Edgar, Jr., chief anesthesiologist and medical director of Westmoreland Hospital, graduated its first class of nurse anesthetists in 1955. During its long-standing history, the school has developed a comprehensive educational program supplemented by additional experience at Latrobe Hospital. The affiliation with Latrobe began in 1965 under the coordination of Dr. U. W. Sipe, chief anesthesiologist.

In 1991, the school entered into a joint effort with La Roche College to establish a master's degree program for its students. In 2006, Excela Health School of Anesthesia began an affiliation with Saint Vincent College to award a Master of Science in Health Science to graduates of Excela Health School of Anesthesia. The anesthesia school is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and Schools; current accreditation - October 1, 2010 - October 31, 2018.


Education is viewed as a continuing process that enables the individual to mature intellectually and culturally. Through the stimulation and guidance offered by the faculty, students are encouraged to develop qualities that enhance their contribution to their profession and society.

This 27 ½ month educational and scientific theory and the opportunity for clinical experience are supplemented by a sincere interest in helping each student develop the attitudes and motivation that will serve them well in their chosen career.

Our primary goals are to:
Educate registered nurses in the theory and clinical practice of anesthesia.
Educate these anesthetists to administer safe, effective anesthetics.
Provide a desire in our graduates to continue to improve their skills by practice and further educational efforts.

Clinical Affiliations

Excela Health School of Anesthesia offers student rotations through clinical affiliations with the following hospitals:

• Allegheny General Hospital
• Altoona Regional Health Center
• Conemaugh Medical Center
• DuBois Regional Medical Center
• East Ohio Regional Hospital
• Excela Health Frick Hospital
• Excela Health Latrobe Hospital
• Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
• Fairview Hospital
• Forbes Regional Hospital
• Heritage Valley Hospital
• Highlands Hospital 
• J.C. Blair Hospital
• Jefferson Regional Medical Center
• Monongalia General Hospital
• Ohio Valley Medical Center
• Somerset Hospital
• Southwestern Ambulatory Surgical Center 
• Trinity Hospital in Ohio
• Uniontown Hospital
• United Hospital Center
• West Penn Hospital
• WVU-Ruby Memorial Hospital

Pass Rate/Attrition/Employment Rate

   2014 Pass Rate

          • 83 percent pass rate for first-time takers

          • 3 percent for the 2014 graduating class

   Employment Rate of graduates within six months of graduation
           • 100 percent

Additional Resources

Find A Physician

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia
Program (DNAP) is a collaboration
between Excela Health and
Saint Vincent College.

Excela Health
Administrative Offices
532 West Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA, 15601