The Master of Health Science Degree in Nurse Anesthesia

Pending Change in Program

The Excela Health School of Anesthesia is in the process of making application to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA) to transition from the current 27 ½ month master’s degree program to a 36 month practice doctorate degree (Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice [DNAP]) program.

When the DNAP program is approved by the COA, new admissions to the master’s degree program will cease. Therefore, all applicants submitting applications in 2018 will be applying to, and have their applications considered for, either the DNAP program (to begin in January 2020, if approved) or the current master’s degree program to begin in August 2019, should there be a delay in the transition process.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia education program on January 1, 2022, or thereafter, be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree.  The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the DNAP degree October 2018.  Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2020.  Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Excela Health School of Anesthesia's program director, Michael DeBroeck, DNP, CRNA, at 724-537-2638 or

Saint Vincent College proudly offers a Masters in Health Sciences in Nurse Anesthesia in collaboration with Excela Health. In order to apply to this program, prospective students must apply first through Excela Health.  We enroll approximately 30 students each year for our 27 ½ month program, admission is highly competitive. Students come from a wide variety of settings, including CCU, ER, ICU, NICU, PACU, PICU, TICU and SICU.

Students work closely with the faculty, as well as with the CRNAs in clinical areas to develop their skills. Faculty advisers are provided, as well as mentors from the senior class to offer a supportive learning environment.  Students develop a cohesive and family-like relationship with staff, clinicians and their cohort. However, competition is driven from within the individual, not among students, which makes this program unique to the field.

We currently offer 23 clinical sites, ranging from small community facilities to large trauma hospitals. The variety of settings allow students to become familiar with multiple ways of administering an anesthetic in a wide range of situations. Students are required to perform 550 total cases by graduation, with most of our graduates completing well over 800 cases.

Excela Health anesthesia students are well recognized in the field as professionals who are well-prepared and ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s health care world.

Requirements for a Master of Health Science Degree in Nurse Anesthesia

Required Courses (70 credits):
HSC 001 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice  0 credits
HSC 500 Advanced Pharmacology I  3 credits
HSC 501 Advanced Pharmacology II  3 credits
HSC 503 Organic and Medicinal Chemistry  3 credits
HSC 505 Intro to Principles of Anesthesia  2 credits
HSC 506  Biochemistry  2 credits
HSC 510 Research Methodology I 3 credits
HSC 513 Medical Physics 3 credits
HSC 515 Advanced Health Assessment 2 credits
HSC 521 Advanced Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I  5 credits
HSC 522 Advanced Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology II  5 credits
HSC 530 Anesthesia Didactics I  6 credits
HSC 612 Research Methodology II  3 credits
HSC 630 Anesthesia Didactics II  6 credits
HSC 655 Advanced Theory and Practice of Anesthesia  4 credits
HSC 660 Simulation Anesthesia Crisis Management 3 credits
HSC 700 Leadership and Management for Nurse Anesthetists  3 credits 
HSC 751 Clinical Hours 3 credits
HSC 752 Clinical Hours 2 credits
HSC 753 Clinical Hours 6 credits
HSC 754 Clinical Hours 3 credits

Faculty and Staffnurse-anesthesia-faculty

Michael A. DeBroeck, CRNA, DNP, Director
Dr. DeBroeck joined the Excela Health School of Anesthesia as the education coordinator in October 2008. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, 1985. In 1996, he was awarded a Master of Health Science (Anesthesia) degree from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth. Dr. DeBroeck received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in 2011. He retired from the Air Force in 2005, where he held many anesthesia positions including director of anesthesia and director of perianesthesia services. His clinical experience includes a large amount of regional anesthesia in independent anesthesia settings as well as anesthesia in austere environments during deployments.


Susan M. Tranchine, CRNA, PhD, Assistant Director
Dr. Tranchine is a graduate of the Excela Health School of Anesthesia and is a practicing CRNA with Excela Health Anesthesia Associates. Having earned her MEd and PhD, Tranchine served as Director of Anesthesia Services at Citizen's General Hospital and Mercy Jeannette Hospital. In addition to her administrative and clinical duties, she has experience as an expert witness in anesthesia litigation and as a peer review consultant.


Danielle Gray, CRNA, DNAP, Education Coordinator
Gray graudated from Carlow University on 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and for the next two years, worked at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, as a staff RN. She then attended the Excela Health School of Anesthesia, graduating in 2010. Prior to accepting the position of Education Coordinator, Gray worked as a staff CRNA at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She will be among the first cohort to graduate from Excela Health School of Anesthesia with a Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice in December 2015.


Adjunct Faculty

Renee Harvey, CRNA, DNP
Dr. Harvey graduated from Westmoreland-Latrobe Hospital School of Anesthesia in 1996 and is a staff CRNA at Uniontown Hospital.  She also served as Uniontown Hospital's clinical coordinator for the School of Anesthesia for many years.  She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from Robert Morris University in May 2011.

James G. Barnett
As a professor of biology, Dr. Barnett completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Animal Physiology at the University of California.  A former research fellow  with the National Researcg Council/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he came to Saint Vincent College in 1982 to teach biology.  His research interests include skeletal muscle biology and exercise physiology. 

Daryle H. Fish, PhD
Dr. Fish is an associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College.  He graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He joined the SVC faculty in 1992 and teaches a number of courses related to organic chemistry.  His research interests in clude chemincal education, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and polymer chemistry.

Stephen Jodis, PhD
Serving as the Dean of the Herbert Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, Dr. Jodis was employed for 21 years at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where he held numerous leadership positions.  He is a graduate of Auburn University, Ala., with degrees in computer science and engineering.  His research interests have varied across the years from software transportation systems and software development environments to software metric, computer science education, and, most recently, cyber security.  Dr. Jodis has participated in several National Science Foundation review panels.  He has also served as an ABET evaluator (ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology) for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and is currently an ABET-CAC Commissioner.

Michael E. Rhodes, PhD
An associate professor of biology, Dr. Rhodes is a graduate of Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University with advanced degrees in Pharmacology.  He has served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with continuing employment in the Department of Medicine as a research professor.  At obtained additional fellowship training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Over the past 17 years, he has taught numerous pharmacology courses at Carlow University, Duquesne University and Saint Vincent College.  His laboratory focus encompasses sex differences and cholinergic regulation of stress-responsive hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal cortical axis.  He has published more than 35 peer reviewed, scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented his findings at over 45 conferences.  He holds a U.S. patent.


John M. Borza MBA, CRNA, DNP
The Nurse Anesthesia Director, Dr. Borza is a graduate of Western PA Hospital School of Nursing, Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Anesthesia, LaRoche College, Tiffin University, and Robert Morris University. Dr. Borza began his Doctorate studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  While he was a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, he procured Teaching Strategies in Nursing to teach the University of Pittsburgh School of Nurse Anesthesia students neurology anesthesia.  He enjoys teaching the nurse anesthesia students in class and in the clinical setting.

Linda R. Stumpf, PhD, RN, NHA
An adjunct professor in the Health Science Masters Program, Dr. Stumpf is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Stumpf enjoys being productive and sharing her knowledge and experiences while helping others learn.  

Nancy Rottler
  • How to Apply

    A new class of graduate students will begin the fall of each year.  Students will be accepted to the program by Feb. of the same year they plan to enter the program. To download application materials please see the "tools" on the righthand side of the page.

    Application packets must be complete, in one mailing, and mailed to:
    Excela Health School of Anesthesia
    Latrobe Hospital
    One Mellon Way
    Latrobe, PA 15650

    All application packets must be received by 3 p.m. on the Sept. 1st deadline date to be eligible for consideration. Documents sent separately will not be accepted.

    Located within Excela Latrobe Hospital, first floor, make a left and continue through the History Corridor, take last left at the end of the hallway. Please check in with the administrative assistant. 

    If you should have questions, please call:
    724-539-7608 (FAX) 

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Current licensure as a registered professional nurse.
    2. Minimum of one year of nursing experience in an acute care setting.
    3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or  diploma or associate degree in nursing plus a baccalaureate degree other than a BSN, providing the program considers it appropriate.

    Because of the time spent in nursing, our students should presumably be more mature and, hence, capable of coping with the stresses inherent in the anesthesia situation. In addition to having the above requirements, applicants must have an overall QPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate degree. Applicants need only to apply to Excela Health School of Anesthesia; they do not need to apply to Saint Vincent College. 

    Selection Criteria
    As with any school of higher education, to be accepted and successfully complete the program, applicants should have a mature attitude, a pleasant personality and good health. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, color, ethnicity, creed, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor protected by law. After review of the applicants completed file he/she may be selected for a personal interview with the admissions committee. The Excela Health School of Anesthesia reserves the right to interview only those candidates who show potential to succeed. Selection will be made based on academic and clinical qualifications and recommendations of the admission interviewers.