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School of Nurse Anesthesia Re-Accredited

In Brief

  • The Villanova School of Nurse Anesthesia, which is based at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, was re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.
  • Accreditation is received for meeting standards, policies and procedures set forth by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The 27-month, full-time program provides students with a sound base of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in the practice of nursing anesthesia.

The Villanova School of Nurse Anesthesia, which is based at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, was re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs. This full accreditation is good for 10 years, unless changes are made to the program.

Accreditation is received for meeting standards, policies and procedures set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the department’s website, programmatic accreditation normally applies to programs, departments, or schools that are part of an institution. Program Director Bette Wildgust says, “The accreditation speaks to the quality we have here; it is affirmed by the report we have received.”

The process of accreditation begins with a one-year planning stage to get organized. Over several months, a self-study is conducted and submitted to the council. Next, a scheduled review occurs to verify the self-study. The review, which can take two or three days, includes checking program materials, interviewing faculty and students and visiting sites. The council analyzes the self-study and review to reach a decision about issuing the accreditation document. 

Olesh Babiak, M.D., chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Crozer, has been integral to the program’s success, according to Wildgust. Wildgust also credits the certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as well as physicians at Crozer and the other sites where the students rotate. Without their dedication and mentorship, Wildgust says, Crozer’s program would not have the national recognition it has achieved.

The 27-month, full-time program provides students – who hail from all over the United States – with a sound base of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in the practice of nursing anesthesia. Students have access to 29 sites in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania where they can gain experience under the supervision of CRNAs. Upon completion, students receive an MSN from Villanova. To work as a CRNA, a student must also pass the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. According to Wildgust, a high percentage of graduates from Crozer’s program pass this exam on the first try.

CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, from traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms to critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and private physician offices.

For more information, visit http://alliedhealth.crozer.org or call (610) 619-7320.

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