Educational Philosophy

The philosophy of the nurse anesthesia program is congruent with the philosophy of UPMC Hamot and Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing.

The faculty believes that the essence of nurse anesthesia education at the graduate level requires a learning process that is competency-based and self-directed. This advanced practice nursing role incorporates principles of commitment to personal excellence, critical thinking, sound and prudent decision making, and independent judgment. We further believe that this program of study is based upon multi-disciplinary bodies of knowledge from the fields of nursing, biology, as well as the physical, chemical, and socio-behavioral sciences.

Graduates will be prepared for advanced practice nursing in the specialty area of nurse anesthesia. The course of study will prepare a nurse anesthetist who is ready to function successfully in the role of clinician, educator, researcher or administrator.

We believe that learning occurs in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility where instructor and student share common goals. Nurse anesthesia program faculty serve as mentors, role models, and facilitators of learning. The student registered nurse anesthetist accepts responsibility for academic integrity and self-directed learning throughout a variety of didactic and clinical educational experiences.