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  1. Passionate faculty that has a mission to develop the highest quality nurse anesthetists.
  2. Dedicated clinical site faculty that provide excellent clinical learning opportunities and mentoring.
  3. Hard-working and motivated students who are developing into excellent clinicians and leaders in the Nurse Anesthesia profession.
  4. Devoted alumni who support the NAP and students and serve as professional mentors.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our Nurse Anesthetist Program. If you are a prospective applicant, please contact us to learn more and schedule a visit for a class or simulation.  To our alumni, thank you for all you do to support our students and our NAP!

Sincerely, ​ Jason Lowe, Ph.D., CRNA, PHRN

Program Director

The Nurse Anesthetist Program received a ten-year reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The next scheduled accreditation review is in 2023. The COA can be contacted at 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5603, phone: 224-275-9130

Program Philosophy

“Whom, then, do I call educated? First, those who control circumstances instead of being mastered by them; …those who meet all occasions…and act in accordance with intelligent thinking; …those who are honorable in all dealings, who treat good-naturedly persons and things that are disagreeable…” -Socrates, 400 BC

The anesthetized patient is perhaps the most helpless patient in all of healthcare. The nurse anesthetist functions in the role of advocate during the period of the patient’s unconscious or decreased levels of cognition during surgery. The role of the advocate is not easily undertaken. In order to successfully undertake this role, the student nurse anesthetist must excel in the areas of knowledge, professionalism, and psychomotor skills relevant to the administration of anesthesia as a CRNA.

We believe that the nurse anesthetist must have at his or her command the details of a discrete body of knowledge. This knowledge has come from both medicine and nursing and is taught to allow the student to better care for the patient. In order to control circumstances instead of being mastered by them, the student must understand the wide range of events that can occur during the course of a surgical procedure, as well as the armamentarium of tools at his or her disposal to control these events.

Next, mastering and controlling the events requires “intelligent thinking.” The student must critically analyze the data in both didactic and clinical instruction, and then come to a conclusion and act upon their decision. After acting, the student will always review the effects of his or her actions, and take corrective measures, if needed, to achieve their final goal, whether the care of the patient or the completion of the course assignment.

Being “honorable in all dealings” requires a focus on integrity. The emphasis on autonomy in anesthesia practice makes integrity a crucial aspect of instruction. Students are expected to maintain the highest standard of honesty and openness during their instruction and subsequent practice.

The practitioner in any area of advanced nursing must “treat good-natured persons and things that are disagreeable.” Beginning with the student’s classmates and faculty, as well as their enrollment in a rigorous course of study, it will be important for each student to stay focused and positive. Though faculty members are always available for coaching, the student will still need an upbeat outlook and “failure is not an option” attitude to succeed in the program. Unfailing respect for the dignity of every patient as a unique human being with his or her own individual needs and goals is crucial for the aspiring nurse anesthetist. Difficult and demanding cases, highly emotional and stressful situations in the operating room, and a wide variation in the personalities of those working in the operating room require the student to maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Flexibility, calmness, and self-assurance are the hallmarks of an excellent student.

On entry into the program, each core group of students becomes a team. Studying together, reviewing in small groups, and working on group projects enhance the professional relationships that will last a lifetime in the small community of CRNAs. The faculty has but one purpose; to help you become the best possible nurse anesthetist. As faculty and staff, we ask for your trust in our judgment. We promise that 1) your time will not be wasted, 2) that you will be treated with the respect you have earned as professional registered nurses, and 3) that you will be reliably and validly evaluated at every point in your education.

Program Statistics

Simulation Lab

The Kinsley Foundation Medical Simulation Center at WellSpan York Hospital
At York Hospital, students from our program have the opportunity to take advantage of a state-of-the-art simulation center, featuring:
  • Task training lab for developing skill in:
    • Basic and advanced airway techniques including direct laryngoscopy, video-assisted laryngoscopy, fiberoptic intubations, and cricothyrotomy.
    • Ultrasound-guided central line and arterial line insertion.
    • Spinal and epidural training.
    • Peripheral nerve block training with task trainers and models.
  • A high-fidelity simulated operating room featuring a highly interactive METI HPS (the gold standard inpatient simulation).
  • A Drager Fabius GS anesthesia gas machine that allows students to practice anesthesia delivery in a realistic environment.
  • Several patient examination rooms where students can interview standardized patients (actors) and practice physical assessment skills.
  • A dedicated debriefing room.


Faculty & Staff

  • Jason S. Lowe, Ph.D., CRNA, PHRN
  • Program Director
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  • Amy Reed, Ph.D., CRNA
  • Assistant Program Director
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  • Lindsay Quinlan, MSN, CRNA
  • Clinical Instructor & Professor
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  • Stephen Okoth, DNP, CRNA
  • Clinical Instructor & Professor
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  • Stacey Holtzman
  • CRNA Program Student Coordinator 
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  • Richard E. Haas, Ph.D., CRNA
  • Professor Emeritus
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  • Howard Burtnett, MHS, CRNA
  • Professor Emeritus
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Clinical Sites

WellSpan York Hospital
York, PA 17405
Clinical Coordinator: George Haritos, DNAP, CRNA

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Rossman, CRNA

Berlin Memorial Hospital
Berlin, WI 54923
Clinical Coordinator: Benjamin Kozloski, CRNA

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 19104 Clinical Coordinator: Amatullah El Amin Jaamia, CRNA

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Clinical Coordinator: Holly Maley, CRNA

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Johnstown, PA 15905
Clinical Coordinator: Tom Fox, CRNA

Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Clinical Coordinator: Anthony Langello, CRNA

Lebanon VA Medical Center
Lebanon, PA 17042
Clinical Coordinator: Mike Heck, CRNA

Sinai Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21215
Clinical Coordinator: Steve Hochstein, CRNA

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
Ephrata, PA 17522
Clinical Coordinator: Kyle Fletcher, CRNA

Children’s Surgery Center of Lancaster
Lancaster, PA 17603
Clinical Coordinator: Alyssa Glackin RN

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital
York, PA 17403
Clinical Coordinator: George Haritos, DNAP, CRNA

Mile Bluff Medical Center
Mauston, WI 53948
Clinical Coordinator: Mike Wolf, DNP, CRNA

Chambersburg Hospital
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Clinical Coordinator: Kris Wagner, CRNA

WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital
Morgantown, WV. 26506
Clinical Coordinator: J.D. Ammons, CRNA

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
Lebanon, Pa. 17042
Clinical Coordinator: Jess Hammond, CRNA

Meritus Health
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Clinical Coordinator: Nicholas Edler, CRNA

UPMC Pinnacle West Shore Hospital
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Clinical Coordinator: Katie Jensen, CRNA

UPMC Pinnacle Memorial
York, PA 17405
Clinical Coordinator: Zulmarie Adorno-Maldonado, CRNA

Saint Agnes Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21229
Clinical Coordinator: Jose Riel Sanzriz, CRNA

Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA 17033
Clinical Coordinator: Hayley Boyer, CRNA

Penn Highland Clearfield
Clearfield, PA 16830
Clinical Coordinator, Brooke Bias, DNAP, CRNA

Apple Hill Surgical Center
York, PA 17403
Clinical Coordinator, Kayla Yantis, CRNA

MedStar Franklin Square
Baltimore, MD 21237
Clinical Coordinator, Joe Moxham, CRNA