Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. Currently the program for student registered nurse anesthetists is 27 months in length. New students are accepted annually with no discrimination or preferred treatment relative to age, race, creed, sex, color, national origin, or marital status. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001, (847)655-1160, a specialized accrediting body recognized by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist directs the program. The program has an academic affiliation with Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, (330)941-3092, which is accredited the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000, and upon successful completion of the program, a Master of Science in Nursing is awarded. Students who have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Youngstown State University will not be awarded a second MSN from YSU. All core nursing courses do not need repeated; however, all courses specific to the MSN Nurse Anesthesia track must be successfully completed. Additional clinical experience will be gained during the times classmates are attending class for core nursing courses.

Your experience will include the use of many anesthetic agents and techniques. You will have the opportunity to gain experience in major cardiac, thoracic, peripheral vascular, and neurosurgical procedures, as well as general surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, and outpatient procedures. Constant supervision of all students is maintained by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and/or Staff Anesthesiologists from Bel-Park Anesthesia Associates, Inc.

Please submit the following materials with your application by December 31, 2019:

a. Curriculum Vitae (resume)
b. Nursing School transcript – sent directly from your School of Nursing
c. College transcripts – sent directly from your college(s)
d. Letters of recommendation from the director of your school of nursing, your current nursing supervisor or employer, and a personal character reference
e. Current ACLS and PALS certification (Must have official AHA logo and copyright insignia.)
f. Non-refundable application fee of $50.00 made payable to: St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.
g. Verification of unencumbered RN licensure (according to State Law)
h. GRE scores sent directly to St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.
i. Copies of specialty certifications

Applicants must have graduated from an approved baccalaureate program of nursing. A minimum of at least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in an ADULT CRITICAL CARE SETTING is required. Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, and Medical Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

The Admissions Committee will review your file based on the following criteria:

a. G.P.A. of 3.0 or above on nursing and/or college transcripts preferred
b. Satisfactory scores on GRE
c. Quality of recent clinical experience
d. Positive letters of recommendation
e. Evidence of post-graduate continuing education
f. Current ACLS and PALS certification (Must have official AHA logo and copyright insignia.)
g. Requirements met for the Graduate Nursing Program of YSU as published in the YSU Graduate Studies Bulletin
h. Personal interview & critical care quiz
i. CCRN (preferred)
j. Current unencumbered nursing license
k. Essay

A personal interview is part of the admissions procedure. Applicants who meet admission requirements will be considered for invitation for the personal interview. Applicants with incomplete files will not be reviewed by the committee.

If approval for acceptance is granted by the admissions committee and you choose to enter the program, a letter of commitment and non-refundable retainer fee must be submitted. In addition to tuition at the University, a clinical tuition is charged.

Tuition, fees, room and board, and health insurance remain the responsibility of the student. Please feel free to contact the School for Nurse Anesthetists if you have any further questions regarding our program.

Patricia Kostelnak, DNAP, APRN-CRNA
Program Administrator