Welcome to St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.

The St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. was established in 1947. Since that time, the Program has maintained full accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001, (847) 655-1160, http://coacrna.org, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The Program is affiliated with Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, (330) 941-3092, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000. Upon successful completion of the 27-month Program, a Master of Science in Nursing degree is awarded. Constant supervision of students is maintained by CRNAs and staff anesthesiologists from Bel-Park Anesthesia Associates, Inc. Graduates of the Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists’ (NBCRNA). Once certified, the individual must apply to the Ohio State Board of Nursing to obtain a Certificate of Authority to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse if they intend to practice in the State of Ohio.


St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. is an alliance of anesthesia practitioners who intend to motivate and empower students to education through teaching, mentoring, and collaborating in an environment of personal interest and caring. The School community develops in students a sense of self-worth and future opportunity that compels them to make a positive impact on our society.

The School shares common goals with Mercy Health and Youngstown State University by striving to promote an environment that encourages academic excellence and quality of service for all members of our community. The core values of Reverence, Commitment, Justice, Stewardship, and Integrity, are enhanced by this alignment between the facilities.  The combined philosophies have enriched the holistic practice of Nurse Anesthesia.

The Department of Nursing supports the missions of Youngstown State University and the Bitonte college of Health and Human Services.  The Department of Nursing provides high quality baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs that are responsive to the health care needs of society.  The Department of Nursing values high standards of professional ethics; cultural, racial and ethnic diversity; and student-faculty relations that foster excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and public service.

The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare nurses at the master’s level for advanced practice.  The program provides a strong graduate nursing education that builds on baccalaureate nursing foundation.  The core curriculum centers on professional nursing issues, nursing science, and research methods for building nursing knowledge.  The program prepares nurses to implement essential characteristics and core competencies for nursing practice in the selected specialty areas.


St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. is designed to educate the Critical Care Registered Nurse with a BSN to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Advanced Practice Nurse, who can administer anesthesia in a variety of practice settings to all patients requiring anesthesia care. Program graduates receive a Master of Science in Nursing through an academic affiliation with Youngstown State University.

The scope of practice includes preoperative assessment, intraoperative conduct of anesthesia, and post-operative management of surgical and obstetrical patients as well as individuals requiring anesthesia for diagnostic and therapeutic non-surgical procedures.

The human being and environment form an integrated system.  The environment, which influences human function, consists of internal and external components that affect individuals, families, communities, and physical surrounding.  Human beings can creatively change components of the environment that may increase their ability to achieve a desired level of human functioning.

The individual and society share the responsibility for one’s health.  Health is a state of wholeness or integrity of individuals.  It is a result of an individual’s unique cultural, biological, psychosocial, spiritual and environmental elements that exist on a continuum across the life span.  Health demands are met by assisting individuals to participate in activities necessary to meet optimal health outcomes.

Nursing is an evolving science that synthesizes concepts and theories through research and critical inquiry to develop an understanding of human responses to health needs.  Nursing process is the basis of professional practice.  Nursing assumes leadership roles in healthcare, legislation and public service to identify and implement changes in the delivery of healthcare.

Learning in the graduate nursing education programs is a continuous process involving cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills.  Personal growth and self-discovery in the learning process are enhanced in an environment that encourages collegial relationships that stimulate a curious examination of the world.  The results of the educational experience are the development of critical thought, analytic inquiry, creativity, and professional judgement that prepares the student for the future challenges in nursing practice.

Faculty serve as motivators and facilitators of learning.  Faculty seek to inspire an appreciation and desire in each student for new knowledge and life-long learning.  Graduates of our program will be an integral part of the continued development of our profession.  The graduates will participate in endeavors to discover new knowledge and methods to meet the health needs of all individuals.  It is the belief of the faculty that in order for students to be able to provide the safest anesthesia to a patient, we must remain current with the trends in anesthesia education and practice.


To create an educational environment, the essence of which is intellectual honesty, trust, integrity, and respect for each other.

To provide graduate students in nurse anesthesia with the necessary knowledge and competence to practice anesthesia. Students are encouraged to adopt fundamental values to include:

  • the integration of theory and application
  • the continuation of learning throughout life
  • a concern for ethical issues
  • a regard for the worth and quality of work

To prepare graduate students to be advanced practice nurses in the profession of nurse anesthesia and to provide a foundation for doctoral study through:

  • a curriculum, which combines the principles and practice of anesthesia with the examination of the application of skills in the practice setting
  • the design of research projects
  • utilization of evidence-based practice

To promote student growth in leadership activities