Nurse Anesthesia Program

Developing the Skills Needed for a Range of Healthcare Settings

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care in the United States for more than 100 years. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia specialists. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2016 Practice Profile Survey.

CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients, including:

  • Traditional hospital surgical suites
  • Obstetrical delivery rooms
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Dental offices
  • Podiatry offices
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Pain management specialists

In addition, nurse anesthetists work in the U.S. military, public health services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

Becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

To become a CRNA, you must graduate from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and pass the national certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. As of August 2016, there were 115 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the United States.

The Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia program is a 27-month, 49-credit full-time Master’s Degree Program. The program will transition to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in January of 2019, as approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The CCMC/VU Nurse Anesthesia Program boasts a 90 percent Board pass rate over 5 years and a 5 percent attrition rate over 5 years. The program prepares seasoned critical care nurses with a sound base of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in the practice of nurse anesthesia. The program graduates are highly regarded and actively recruited by local and national anesthesia departments.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Statistics

Crozer Chester Medical Center/Villanova University Program Statistics

  1. COA accreditation review and decision: April 2010. No areas for improvement or critical weaknesses found. Ten (10) year accreditation status granted October 2010 and next review scheduled for 2020.
  2. Number of students per class: 22-24
  3. Attrition: past 5 years: 5.2%. Attrition for class of 2018: 0%
  4. Employment rate after graduation for last 17 years (2001-2018): 100%



NCE Pass Rate
Pass Rate

National Average

Pass Rate
2018 100% 83% 84%
2017 100% 95% 82.6%
2016 95% 86% 85%
2015 100% 100% 85%
2014 100% 86% 86%
2013 100% 91% 88%
2012 100% 75% 88%
2011 100% 92% 89%
2010 100% 100% 89%
2009 95% 95% 85%

Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Villanova University's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing until 2020. Cohorts who begin the program in 2019 will be awarded a DNP in Nurse Anesthesia.

Get additional information about the Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice degree here.

Contact Information

Crozer-Chester Medical Center / Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program 
100 West Sproul Road, Suite 222
Springfield, PA 19064
Fax: 610-938-6767

Denise Lamb, Program Coordinator
Phone: 610-938-6765

Jodie Szlachta CRNA, PhD, Program Director
Phone: 610-938-6764

Matt McCoy CRNA, DNP, Associate Program Director
Phone: 610-938-6763

Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice

Get additional information on the Crozer-Chester Medical Center / Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.