Nurse Anesthesia

  • Program Overview

    The Nurse Anesthesia option is designed to provide the professional nurse with an in-depth concentration in clinical anesthesia and to prepare graduates of the program to assume the specialized role of nurse anesthetist. Students have the opportunity to contribute as a member of the health care team in providing optimal patient care. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. This graduate nursing option is a cooperative program between Gannon University and UPMC Hamot. Students must attend full-time in this option. 

    Nurse Anesthesia Certificate

    For students with an MSN, a Nurse Anesthesia Certificate may be earned by taking the didactic and clinical courses indicated with an asterisk. If the student has not previously completed a thesis, the research component will be required. Certificate students must meet all admission eligibility requirements and are admitted on a space-available basis only.  

    NOTE:  Gannon RN to MSN students may be admitted into the Nurse Anesthesia option after completing all undergraduate requirements and fulfilling all admission requirements for the Nurse Anesthesia option.  Availability of RN to MSN placement in this program option is limited. 

    What Makes Us Different

    • The Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia is a full-time program of study
    • The program is a Cooperative Program offered between UPMC Hamot and Gannon University
    • For students with an earned MSN, a Nurse Anesthesia Certificate may be earned by taking the didactic and clinical courses 

    Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs 

    The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Anesthesia degree in October 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at:

    UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia
    201 State St.
    Erie, PA 16550
    814-877-2938
    machacekpj@upmc.edu

  • Program Costs and Career Options

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