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DNP Course of Study 

Welcome to the York College of Pennsylvania / WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program (NAP)! The NAP consists of:

  1. Passionate faculty that have 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 time to learn more about our Nurse Anesthesia Program. If you are a prospective applicant we hope that you will contact us to learn more and schedule a visit for a class or simulation.  If you are alumni, thanks for your continued support of our students and NAP!

Sincerely, ​ Jason Lowe, PhD, CRNA, PHRN

Program Director

Cohorts consist of twelve to fourteen students taught by four core faculty members and various guest speakers.

The Nurse Anesthetist Program has received a ten-year re-accreditation 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 2022. The COA can be contacted at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001, phone: 847-692-7050

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 the 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-naturedly 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. An 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 the 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 anesthetists. 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.

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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.
    • Spinals 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 in patient simulation).
  • A Drager Fabius GS anesthesia gas machine which 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.

Nurse Anesthesia students also have an opportunity to “see one, do one, teach one” by teaching area high school students throughout the year. They teach everything from basic CPR skills to advanced anesthesia techniques in small group sessions. CRNA students also answer questions about various professions in health care, helping to shape the future of the next generation of health care providers.


Faculty & Staff

  • Jason S. Lowe, PhD, CRNA
  • Program Director
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  • Amy Reed, PhD(c), CRNA
  • Assistant Program Director
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  • Rebekah Carmel, PhD, CRNA
  • Clinical Instructor & Professor
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  • Stacey Holtzman
  • CRNA Program Administrative Assistant
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  • Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA
  • Retired
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  • Howard Burtnett, MHS, CRNA
  • Retired
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