In partnership with Geisinger, our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia program will prepare you as a nurse leader to apply advanced practice skills at the highest level of clinical practice to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
The focus of this collaborative program is nurse anesthesia practice-oriented investigation in the clinical setting emphasizing health education, leadership, research application, and analysis of health care outcomes. We'll prepare you as a clinical scholar skilled in patient centered care, intra-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, policy advocacy, and improved use of informatics and technology. You'll be prepared to assume a higher level of responsibility and leadership in nursing and health care, with the ultimate goal of improving the health care delivery system of the nation.
Provide a higher level of scientific background and practical experience
Learn to function as an integral part of the health care team
Preparation for instructional and leadership roles
Successful completion of the Certified Exam for Nurse Anesthetists
Our nurse anesthesia program emphasizes the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, including the ability to:
Apply theory and research knowledge gained from nursing the sciences and humanities to provide optimum care to the patient
Evaluate the patient preoperatively, anticipating requirements necessary in the perioperative and post-anesthesia phases
Administer a safe and physiologically investigator and in collaboration with colleagues
Develop leadership skills necessary in the role as clinician, teacher, researcher, advocate, manager and consultant
Acquire an appreciation for involvement in the professional activities of the local, regional and national organization
Relate to and interact with the total health care community of which anesthesiology is one component.
Courses and Curriculum
Completed applications are due in the graduate office by July 1.
Online graduate school application
A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally-accredited school program
Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
Copy of current, unencumbered Pennsylvania professional nursing license
Resume which includes description of professional nursing and clinical experience
Documentation of BLS, ACLS and PALS certification — PALS is required for application but a PA license can be obtained upon acceptance into the program (acceptance contingent upon getting a PA license).
Narrative describing personal and professional goals for graduate education and Nurse Anesthesia option
Documentation of at least eight hours of shadowing a CRNA with verification by that individual
At least one year of current full-time critical care experience such as AICU, CCU, PICU, and NICU by application date July 1. (ER, Life Flight, or Recovery Room do not qualify towards critical care experience requirement.)
Certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) is mandatory. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Get Certified
Interviews with the Joint Admissions Committee will be conducted during the month of September.
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs administer more than 34 million anesthetics in the United States each year. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. They administer every type of anesthetic, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure, from open heart to cataract to pain management.
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists
It's the purpose of this Association to promote, through continuing education, the science and art of anesthesiology as provided by CRNAs in all practice settings. In collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, PANA offers its members the resources necessary to advance patient safety and practice excellence.