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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 and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*.

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. 

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Important Information

  • Program Requirements

    Do you accept scores from any other placement exam besides the GRE? No, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the NAP. There are no waivers for this requirement. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    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.

    Confirmation of Critical Care Experience Evidence of 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.

  • Mailing Address

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

    Mailing address:

    York College of Pennsylvania/WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program
    York College of Pennsylvania
    441 Country Club 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

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