Anesthesia School

The Excela Health School of Anesthesia is a 27 ½ month program in Nurse Anesthesia. The School of Anesthesia, in conjunction with Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, currently 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 National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Students experience a “family” type environment with individualized support from staff, clinicians and their cohorts. Competition here is driven from within the individual, not among students. Faculty advisors are provided, as well as mentors from the senior class to offer a supportive environment for learning.

Excela Health anesthesia students are well recognized in the field as professionals who are well-prepared and ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s health care world.

We are in the process of transitioning to the new mandatory doctoral entry degree. The projected start date for our new Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) entry level program is January 2020. Please see the Admissions Criteria tab for more information.

We currently have more than 20 clinical affiliation sites in the tri-state area where our students obtain a wide variety of anesthesia experiences.

Mission Statement

Excela Health School of Anesthesia is a graduate level institution that provides education in the art and science of nurse anesthesia. Our primary goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop as competent and safe quality anesthesia practitioners. We strive to assimilate new members into our profession through mentoring, serving as role models. We seek to provide quality experiences that enhance the learning experience through clinical hours as well as simulation experiences. We strive to produce the highest quality professionals to serve as future generations of nurse anesthetists.

History

In November 1954, the Westmoreland Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses was founded by Dr. Frank D. Edgar Jr., Chief Anesthesiologist and Medical Director of Westmoreland Hospital.

The program affiliated with Latrobe Hospital in 1965 under the direction of Dr. U.W. Sipe, Chief Anesthesiologist, and became known as the Westmoreland-Latrobe Hospitals' School of Anesthesia.

By 1991, under the leadership of Director Howard F. Armour, MS, CRNA, the program became a Masters of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia in association with LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, Pa.  The first class of masters-prepared nurse anesthetists graduated in 1993.

In 2006, the school's name changed to Excela Health School of Anesthesia and formed a joint graduate level program with Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.

Philosophy

Education is viewed as a continuing process that enables the individual to mature intellectually and culturally. Through motivation and guidance offered by the faculty, students are encouraged to develop qualities which will enhance their contribution to the profession and society. Students will be encouraged to expand their base of knowledge, advance their clinical skills, and establish their commitment to continual learning as they evolve into the next generation of nurse anesthetists.

This twenty-seven and one half month educational program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and expertise to become proficient in the administration and management of anesthesia, in an effort to serve the communities in which they practice.

Our primary goals are to:

  • Educate registered nurses in the theory and clinical practice of anesthesia.
  • Educate these anesthetists to administer safe, effective anesthesia.
  • Provide a desire in our graduates to continually improve their skills through utilization of evidence-based practice findings.

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/Laurel Surgical Center
  • Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital/Excela Square at Norwin
  • 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
  • UPMC Pinnacle Lititz
  • West Penn Hospital
  • WVU - Ruby Memorial Hospital

Accreditation Statement

Excela Health School of Anesthesia is accredited by the:

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Ill.  60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
http://home.coa.us.com

Current accreditation period is October 1, 2010 to October 31, 2018.

2016 Pass Rate:

  •  77 percent pass rate for first-time takers
  • 100 percent subsequent pass rate

Attrition

  •  0 percent for the 2016 graduating class

Employment Rate of graduates within six months of graduation

     •    100 percent