Allegheny Valley Hospital and La Roche College Nurse Anesthesia Program is one of twelve CRNA schools in Pennsylvania.
Allegheny Valley Hospital
La Roche College
School of Nurse Anesthesia
320 East North Avenue
5th Floor, South Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Deborah A Davison, CRNA, MS, CRNA Program Director
ph: (412) 442-2188
fax: (412) 442-2189
School of Anesthesia Coordinator
Ph: 412 442-2188
Admissions Secretary at La Roche College
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Health Sciences
* The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on Jan. 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 in September 2020. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2022.
24 months, full time
August (Fall term)
December 31st of each year for the year prior to the academic year for which you wish to begin.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Allegheny Valley Hospital.
Tuition is calculated at the 2018-2019 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of Tuition: $37,730
*Fees and expenses: $2,080
Grand Total: $39,810
*This includes an estimated cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses. Other fees may apply.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
In the 1990’s
Is a thesis required?
You may choose to complete either a research project or a Master’s thesis.
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Allegheny Valley Hospital’s Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
This front-loaded CRNA school has two parts: the La Roche College portion and a clinical-based portion taught at Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Anesthesia. Only students who already have the CRNA credential are exempt from the clinical portion.
The La Roche College didactic portion is five consecutive semesters.
For first-year students, classes are taught on Thursdays and Fridays, and professional preparation in the hospital is scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
For second-year students, the La Roche classes are taught on Mondays, with clinical work scheduled for the remainder of the week. The remaining time is spent entirely at the programs affiliated clinical sites.
Clinical Sites include Allegheny General Hospital, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Alle Kiski Medical Center, Butler Memorial Hospital, UPMC Passavant Hospital, HVHS Sewickley Valley Hospital, St. Clair Memorial Hospital, HVHS Beaver Medical Center, and Wheeling Hospital.
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Allegheny Valley Hospital CRNA School compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
You’ll need a BSN or an appropriate BS/BA degree.
Current license as a registered nurse
Minimum of one year of nursing experience in an adult critical care setting
Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the undergraduate level
GRE and/or MAT
Acceptable scores on the GRE or MAT.
- BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Course Prerequisites: You need a “B” in these classes:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
*You’ll need to verify competency in any class that was taken more than ten years ago.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank 2016
Ranked 74 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Allegheny Valley Hospital CRNA School Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 05/2015. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2025. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not pass the exam eventually. Most students who do not pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers (2018): 80%
- National average (2018): 82.6%
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania CRNA salaries are slightly below national average with an annual mean wage of $171,250.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $174,790 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 study)
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
All information given on this site about this Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated November 1, 2019*
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