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, 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)

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. 


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/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
  • 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

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


  •  0 percent for the 2016 graduating class

Employment Rate
of graduates within six months of graduation

     •    100 percent