Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist check the montior during surgery.
Program Type
Est. Time to Complete
3 Years
Graduate and Professional Studies
Delivery Mode
On Campus
A nurse anesthetist preparing for surgery.

Increase your career potential.

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. 

Important Information

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 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
  • 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
  • Program requires (3) recommendation letters with (3) recommendation forms. A CRNA  recommendation letter is required. The purpose of the CRNA letter is for you to obtain a CRNA mentor to whom you can ask questions and gain insight into Nurse Anesthesia. 
  • 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 minimum of 1 year of full-time critical care work experience as a registered nurse is required.  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. Most individuals accepted in Nurse Anesthesia Programs have at least 2-4 years'  experience. 
  • Current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.  (PALS is not required until accepted).

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:

*For all Nurse Anesthetist Program questions, please email Stacey Holtzman,

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

Logo: CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate and master's programs at York College of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nurse Anesthetist Courses

Your class schedule will include a series of core courses related to your field and taught by faculty experts.

Course NameCourse CodeCredits
Application of Nursing ResearchNUR 5084 Credits
Pharmacology of Anesthetic AgentsNUR 6212 Credits
Technology and Techniques in Anesthesia PracticeNUR 6226 Credits
Anesthesia and Co-Existing DiseasesNUR 6302 Credits


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline for my application?
Yes; we are now accepting applications for the Class of 2029. All documents including transcripts and Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by April 1, 2025. No documents will be accepted after the deadline.  

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 toward 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.

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/
Location: Miller Administration Building, Room 138
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Eric Dinsmore, Financial Assistance Director
(717) 815-1226

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 Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions 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 with 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.

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.

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. 

Meet the Faculty

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Jason Lowe
Jason Lowe, Ph.D., C.R.N.A., P.H.R.N.
Program Director, YCP/WellSpan Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Stephen Okoth
Stephen Okoth, D.N.P., C.R.N.A.
Clinical Instructor, YCP/WellSpan Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Amy Reed
Amy Reed, Ph.D., C.R.N.A.
Assistant Program Director, YCP/WellSpan Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions

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