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About this course

Saint Vincent College proudly offers a Masters in Health Sciences in Nurse Anesthesia in collaboration with Excela Health. In order to apply to this program, prospective students must apply first through Excela Health.  We enroll approximately 30 students each year for our 27 ½ month program, admission is highly competitive. Students come from a wide variety of settings, including CCU, ER, ICU, NICU, PACU, PICU, TICU and SICU.

Students work closely with the faculty, as well as with the CRNAs in clinical areas to develop their skills. Faculty advisers are provided, as well as mentors from the senior class to offer a supportive learning environment.  Students develop a cohesive and family-like relationship with staff, clinicians and their cohort. However, competition is driven from within the individual, not among students, which makes this program unique to the field.

We currently offer 20 clinical sites, ranging from small community facilities to large trauma hospitals. The variety of settings allow students to become familiar with multiple ways of administering an anesthetic in a wide range of situations. Students are required to perform 550 total cases by graduation, with most of our graduates completing well over 800 cases.

Excela Health anesthesia students are well recognized in the field as professionals who are well-prepared and ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s health care world.

Entry Requirements

1. Current licensure as a registered professional nurse.
2. Minimum of one year of nursing experience in an acute care setting.
3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or diploma or associate degree in nursing plus a baccalaureate degree other than a BSN,
providing the program considers it appropriate.

Because of the time spent in nursing, our students should presumably be more mature and, hence, capable of coping with the stresses inherent in the anesthesia situation. In addition to having the above requirements, applicants must have an overall QPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate degree. Applicants need only to apply to Excela Health School of Anesthesia; they do not need to apply to Saint Vincent College.