School of Nurse Anesthesia Re-Accredited
- 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
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