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Nurse Anesthetist

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

Being a nurse anesthetist requires vigilance, knowledge and compassion. You will learn to plan and administer the anesthetic, monitor every aspect of the patient’s well-being, and advocate for the patient during the surgery.

With successful completion of the didactic and clinical requirements, graduates of the York College of Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthetist Program will be awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to take the National Certification Exam to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Quick Facts:

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

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

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Important Information

  • Program Requirements

    Prospective students must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for entry into the program:

    • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with an NLNAC or CCNE accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Department of Nursing Faculty.
    • Grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. Students not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted to conditional status on the recommendation of the faculty.
    • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education. Please provide official transcripts.
    • An unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse and/or an APRN in the United States or its territories or protectorates
    • Successful completion of the following courses: a statistics course that covered descriptive and inferential statistics, a physical assessment course, and a nursing research course.
    • A personal goal statement. In 400 words or less, please provide an academic statement that provides insight into your journey into the nurse anesthesia profession.
    • CRNA Shadow log: Each applicant will keep a log of visit(s) to the operating room. It should contain the hours they were there, with whom they spent time, and a reflective statement. Please have the CRNA sign your shadow log. (8-hour minimum).
    • Current CV
    • Recommendation letters (3) with recommendation forms
    • We encourage you to obtain a CRNA mentor to whom you can ask questions and gain insight into the Nurse Anesthesia profession. CRNA recommendation letter is encouraged.
    • To ensure your recommendations are a true reflection of your abilities and skills, ask someone who can speak to your level of expertise and professionalism.
    • A letter and recommendation form is required to be completed by the recommender.
    • A minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent, as a registered nurse in a critical care setting.  The applicant must have developed as an independent decision maker capable of using and interpreting advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiological and pharmacological principles
    • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.  (PALS is not required until accepted).
  • FAQs

    Application and Admission

    Is there a deadline for my application?
    Yes; we are now accepting applications for the Class of 2028. They must be complete by April 1, 2024.

    How many students do you admit each year?
    The Nurse Anesthetist Program admits 16-18 students each year.

    Do you interview everyone who applies to the program?
    The number of applicants interviewed is determined by the number of positions available. Approximately 3 times the number of available slots will be invited to interview.

    How long after the application deadline does the interview process begin?
    Selected applicants are notified approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline and scheduled for an interview within the following month.

    Is there a waiting list for admission?
    The Nurse Anesthetist Program will not maintain a waiting list of prospective applicants. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in the following years.

    What if my first language is not English?
    Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Graduates of foreign nursing programs must also have transcripts and application materials evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

    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 the sciences in which you feel you are weak.

    Do I have to obtain my own liability insurance for clinical rotations?
    Liability insurance with specific coverage for nurse anesthesia students must be purchased before beginning the clinical phase of the program. Information about policy options available through AANA Insurance Services will be provided after enrollment.

    Will my advanced standing or transfer credits be applied towards my degree? 

    A maximum of seven credits (or two courses) in graduate study may be transferred to York College of PA prior to matriculation.  All courses are reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs in Nursing.  Graduate-level research courses without an EBP component will not be accepted for transfer credit.

    Financial Aid

    Is financial assistance available?
    Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information, regarding programs that may be available to provide you with financial assistance.

    General Information: (717) 849-1682/financialaid@ycp.edu
    Location: Miller Administration Building, Room 138
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
    Eric Dinsmore, Financial Assistance Director
    (717) 815-1226

    Education and Experience Prerequisites

    Must I have an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN)?
    Yes. Although some nurse anesthesia programs allow the RN applicant to have a degree in another field, the program at York College of PA requires the student to have a 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?
    No. A completion of a baccalaureate degree program from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Stabler Department of Nursing Faculty, is required to be considered for admission.

    What is the average nursing experience, in years, for accepted applicants?
    Applicants are required to have at least one year of critical care experience as a registered nurse when entering the program. Most individuals accepted in Nurse Anesthetist Programs have at least 2-4 years of experience.

    Which type of clinical experience is preferred?
    Applicants are encouraged to practice in clinical environments that require dynamic decision-making while caring for patients with continuous ECG monitoring, invasive lines (such as a pulmonary artery, central venous, and arterial catheters), vasoactive infusions, and ventilatory support. Most applicants obtain these experiences in surgical, cardiothoracic, trauma, or medical intensive care units. However, we are interested in the quality of nursing experience, not a unit’s name.

    Does it matter if all of my clinical experience is with neonatal or pediatric patients?
    The majority of students enter the program with adult critical care nursing experience, but this is not mandatory. Students having only pediatric nursing experience should ensure they have some background in providing care for adult patients, as the majority of their education will be in this venue.

    Program Format

    Is your program offered by distance learning?
    No. Our classes are campus-based.

    Can I attend your program on a part-time basis?
    The Nurse Anesthetist Program currently admits only on a full-time basis.

    Student Housing

    Is housing available for graduate students?
    No, students must make their own arrangements for housing.


    How many hours per week can I work while enrolled in the program?
    Outside employment is discouraged because of the intense nature of the program. 

  • 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

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

The Nurse Anesthetist Program has received accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Contact: 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906 Rosemont, IL 60018-5603, phone: 224-275-9130

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