About Us

About Us

Our Mission

The UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University MSN program endeavors to provide an atmosphere of learning that promotes each student's personal and professional growth. We strive to graduate excellent practitioners who are ready to function in the vital role of nurse anesthetist and are prepared to assume leadership roles in their profession and society. UPMC Hamot has adopted a vision of providing care and service that achieve the highest national standards.

UPMC Hamot's Mission is "To Serve" patients and the community in a tradition of quality, health, healing and education. The Mission of the UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University is congruent with that of UPMC Hamot and Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing. Our mission is to create a center of excellence for the advancement of nurse anesthesia education and practice.

The program is committed to the graduate education of registered nurses with a specific focus of anesthesia nursing. We prepare our graduates to provide anesthesia services and perioperative care and to respond to a continually changing health care environment. The program endeavors to provide an atmosphere of learning that promotes each student's personal and professional growth.

We strive to graduate excellent practitioners who are ready to function in the vital role of nurse anesthetist and are prepared to assume leadership roles in their profession and society.

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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.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

The UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities.