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Nurse Anesthetist

Administer anesthesia and increase your career potential in this in-demand role.

A nurse anesthetist is a registered nurse who has acquired advanced education to administer anesthesia. You'll be responsible for planning and administering the anesthetic, monitoring every aspect of the patient’s well-being, and advocating for the patient during the surgery. We have improved the program by upgrading the degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Upon graduation, you'll be eligible for certification as a certified registered nurse anesthetist CRNA by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). We're accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Quick Facts:

  • 102 credits
  • 2,000 clinical hours
  • Full time
  • Summer start
  • 36-month program
  • Daytime classes
  • Campus-based

Application due date is April 1 of each year for a summer semester start for the following year. 

Nurse Anesthetist intro

Important Information

  • Program Requirements


    • Transcripts
    • Goal Statement
    • Current CV
    • Recommendation Letter
    • Certifications
    • Nurse Anesthesia Professional Learning Activities
    • RN License

    GREs are not required to apply to the program.

    Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    Confirmation of Critical Care Experience Evidence is required — at least one year of experience as a registered nurse in a critical care/intensive care unit. A minimum of one year of critical care experience in the role of Registered Nurse, defined as experience in personally caring for patients with invasive monitoring devices (arterial line, central venous pressure line, and pulmonary artery occlusion catheters), vasoactive infusions, ECG interpretation, and caring for mechanically ventilated patients. 


    Must I have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing? Yes, the program requires the student to have a BSN bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    Can I apply for admission if I am enrolled in a degree completion program and scheduled to finish my BSN after the application deadline? Yes, a registered nurse who is enrolled in a BSN completion program may be admitted contingent upon completion of the BSN and all other admission criteria.

    Which graduate or undergraduate courses might be helpful to me as a nurse anesthesia student? Undergraduate or graduate courses in research, statistics, and health assessment are prerequisites for admission. Courses in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry are suggested but not required. You may wish to consider additional education in those areas of sciences in which you feel you are weak.

  • Contact Information

    The Nurse Anesthetist Program is a joint program offered by York College and WellSpan Health.

    Application Materials Mailing Address:

    York College of Pennsylvania
    Attn: Graduate Admissions
    441 Country Club Rd
    York, PA 17403-3651

    Electronic Documents Email: graduateadmissions@ycp.edu

    *For all Nurse Anesthetist Program questions, please email Stacey Holtzman, sholtzman@ycp.edu.

    Mailing address:

    York College of Pennsylvania/WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program
    York College of Pennsylvania
    890 Grantley Road, Diehl Hall #240
    York, PA 17403

    Physical address:

    Diehl Hall, Room 240
    York College of Pennsylvania
    890 Grantley Road
    York, PA 17403

Contact Us
Nurse Anesthetist
Stacey Holtzman, Administrative Assistant
Diehl Hall , Room 240
Phone: 717.815.6550