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Admission Criteria

We are currently accepting applications for the DNAP Entry class which will begin in January of 2022. We have changed our deadline for receipt of applications to January 15, 2021.

Any questions concerning admissions or any other aspect of the program may be obtained by contacting the Excela Health School of Anesthesia's program director, Michael DeBroeck, DNP, CRNA, at 724-537-2638 or


  • Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate work must be 3.0 or above.
  • The minimum 3.00 is a cumulative average from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • One of the following:
    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing.
    • Diploma or associate degree in nursing plus a baccalaureate degree other than a BSN, providing the program considers it appropriate. (Contact program for questions.)
    • If currently pursuing degree, degree must be conferred no later than May 31st of entry year.  Acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of degree.
  • Minimum of one year critical care experience prior to entrance to the school.
    • Critical care experience includes: CCU, ER (Level 1 Trauma only), ICU, MICU, NICU, PICU, TICU, SICU.
    • To determine if other clinical experience meets this requirement, contact the program for determination of acceptability.

Required Documents:

  • The applicant packet must include all of the following documents listed below: (You may also refer to the Application Checklist.)
    • Anesthesia School Application Form
    • Professional Resume
    • Summary of interest (as noted at bottom of page three of the application form)
    • Application Fee ($65) made out to Westmoreland Hospital. In memo section of check, please note School of Anesthesia (or) SOA
    • Photocopy of current RN Licensure (display portion, if applicable)
    • Photocopy of current BLS card
    • Photocopy of current ACLS card
    • Photocopies of other professional certifications (PALS, CCRN, etc.)
    • Photocopy of Driver's License
    • Three (3) letters of reference.  Letter of Reference.pdf
      • These letters must utilize the form in the provided link. One reference must be from your current unit manager/supervisor. Each letter must be in a sealed envelope with the applicant's name on the front and signature of sender across the back flap of envelope.
    • Official transcripts from every institution of higher learning attended (including community colleges) must be sent with your packet, even if you only took one class at that institution.
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