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Jennifer Leibold, CRNA, MSN

Jennifer Leibold, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2016
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Reading Health System
Reading, PA

“In terms of preparation, from the beginning of the program we have been set up to succeed. There are very clear expectations that are explained even before the start of the program. There was never any guess work or unclear expectations due to excellent guidance throughout the program. Program administrators were continuously available throughout the program for questions, issues or concerns.”

 

 


Rico Liwanagan, CRNA, MSN

Rico Liwanagan, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2016
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Baltimore, MD

“A successful career in anesthesia starts by choosing the right school. For me, it will always be the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The program is built on a strong tradition of excellence in nurse anesthesia education. Its mission is geared to mold students into safe and competent providers. By maintaining a transparent
quality improvement process with students and faculty, the program is constantly evolving and improving for the students benefit.”


Alex Wise, CRNA, MSN

Alex Wise, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2016
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Anesthesia Specialists Of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

“The program administration is a tight knit, well functioning group. Their attention to detail and dedication to continuous improvement has made the program what it is today. They value our thoughts and opinions; our best interests are also a priority for them. The state of the art simulation center and curriculum made me comfortable in the operating room and the crisis resource management training really cemented my already favorable views of simulation-based education.”

 


Derek Yohn, CRNA, MSN

Derek Yohn, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2016
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Pinnacle Health Community General Osteopathic Hospital
Harrisburg, PA

“The program’s administration and staff is dedicated to facilitating the education and advancement of their students. They actively engage students, correct issues in a timely manner, and genuinely care for each individual in the program. The director and associate director provide a caring and stress-free atmosphere, where it is possible to develop skills and learn new avenues of critical thinking in the nurse anesthesia profession.”

 


Christine Gilbert, CRNA, MSN

Christine Gilbert, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2015
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
St. Luke’s Hospital Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

 

Pursuing a career as a CRNA is the best decision that I have ever made.  It was also the most challenging!  As a wife and mother of two small children, I knew that this would be the most difficult personal and professional challenge that I would ever face.  I researched many anesthesia programs in the Philadelphia area, as there are many options.  I applied to one school only and never looked back.  The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia is well known for putting forth the most well prepared CRNAs into the anesthesia community.  Its reputation is well known in the Philadelphia region and beyond.  I knew that if I was going to make this commitment, FJTSA was my first and only choice.

This program runs as a well- oiled machine.  The expectations were consistently communicated.  My schedules were made well in advance, and there were never surprises.  Completing the graduate core classes before the program started, allowed me to concentrate on the anesthesia concepts without distraction.  Mike and Cindy have a vested interest in the SRNAs and worked closely with me to find the best clinical experiences that met all of my needs and requirements.  A new state of the art simulation lab allowed for practicing spinal placement, intubations, and emergency scenarios throughout the 27 month curriculum. I worked with wonderful, highly skilled preceptors, many of which were FJTSA graduates.  The didactic and clinical experiences that I received through this program left me well prepared to practice as a safe, skilled CRNA.

I would highly recommend the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, LaSalle University School of Nursing to anyone looking to pursue a career as a CRNA.  Undoubtedly, the best personal and professional choice that I could have made!  I am very proud to be a graduate from this outstanding program.


Brandon Quigly, CRNA, MSN

Brandon Quigley, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2015
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System
Philadelphia, PA

 

From the day I applied to undergraduate nursing school, I knew that nursing anesthesia was the career path that I intended to pursue. Early in my critical care career, I became convinced that no other area of nursing commanded the possession and application of knowledge more than nursing anesthesia.

I became aware of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia solely via word of mouth. The reputation of FJTSA and that of its’ director, Dr. Michael Kost, was repeatedly reinforced as outstanding. In 2011, while assembling my application material, I spoke with Mike Kost who took the time to provide me with helpful feedback to best prepare myself for the application process as well as how to optimize my chances for acceptance into the program. It was that conversation, along with the recommendations from multiple SRNAs and CRNAs alike, that made FJTSA the clear choice in moving forward with my anesthesia career.

Shortly after beginning the anesthesia program in 2013, it became apparent that FJTSA would live up to its’ reputation and was indeed an elite program that would provide me with the necessary knowledge base and skills to provide anesthesia care at the most proficient level. Mike and his staff are completely committed to the success of each student and do an excellent job of running a highly efficient program. The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia is built to offer every resource and structured entirely to facilitate the success of each and every student. The structure of didactic studies and clinical rotations is unlike most other programs and in my opinion, plays a key role in ensuring the success of each SRNA in the classroom as well as the operating room. The large variety of clinical sites provides students with a multitude of different cases that vary in complexity and exposes students to an array of different anesthetic approaches. It is that exposure to various methods of anesthesia as well as the ability to network with so many anesthesia professionals that is so important to culturing SRNAs into professional CRNAs.

The profession of anesthesia is undoubtedly an elite field of nursing. Although highly demanding as well as mentally and physically challenging, the 27 month journey through FJTSA was without question the most rewarding professional experience of my life. The scope of practice of a CRNA truly encompasses what it means to be a medical professional.


Kelly Stillwell, CRNA, MSN

Kelly Stillwell, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2015
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System
Philadelphia, PA

 

During my career as a critical care nurse I decided to pursue Nurse Anesthesia.  I began researching programs both local and out of state, and talking to my colleagues who had left the bedside to enroll full-time in many different programs.  One name kept coming up: Dr. Mike Kost and the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia.  I interviewed and was accepted, beginning full-time as a student there in 2013. Dr. Kost is known and respected throughout the anesthesia community and as a student, and now a CRNA, I understand why.  Every member of our graduating class knew that our director and his staff strived to make our didactic and clinical experience excellent.  They were always accessible, and helped us through all of the challenges that arose during our time there, whether they be educational, clinical, social, or otherwise.  The structure of FJTSA’s program is well-organized.  There is a clearly delineated timeline that allows for a smooth transition from didactic to clinical.  Students from our program are highly sought-after, with every member of my graduating class securing one or more job offers months before graduation.  I highly recommend this program for anyone considering a career as a CRNA.


Nina Pennock, CRNA, MSN

Nina Pennock, CRNA, MSN

 

Class of 2014
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

The decision to pursue nurse anesthesia after many years in critical care was a major life event in my personal and professional life. The process of applying to anesthesia school appeared to be an even more daunting task. I attended a number of orientation programs and studied nurse anesthesia curriculums. For me, attending a well-established school of nurse anesthesia was a priority. I knew nurse anesthesia would be stressful in itself without having to detour around glitches in whatever program I chose. An efficiently run school was a necessity. I scheduled my first interview with FJTSA, and immediately recognized this was the school for me. The qualities of this program which deeply impressed me still stand out in my mind: the sense that Dr. Kost and the faculty looked at each candidate as an individual; that the program was 27 months of rigor and intensity which absolutely prepared you for life after graduation; that despite the difficulty of the program, the school was committed to the success of its students.

From my first day as a student at FJTSA until the present day my initial observations have prevailed. The school runs like clockwork; each step of the process is clearly explained and reinforced. Drs. Kost and Betron are always only a phone call or email away for questions or issues. Each student is recognized as an individual with various learning styles, families and interests outside of school. Although extremely demanding, the curriculum is so well structured that the high expectations are achievable. The abundance of clinical sites provide excellent experience in a variety of settings. Our clinicals began shortly after the start of school. We hit the ground running and never stopped!

Now as a practicing CRNA at a very large, busy, level I trauma center, I look back with gratitude on my experience as a student at FJTSA. Although I encounter novel clinical situations almost every day, the knowledge and experience I’ve gained at this program have prepared me to provide safe, vigilant anesthesia to each and every one of my patients. I could not have made a better choice. Thank you FJTSA!


Jeff Taylor, CRNA, MSN

Jeff Taylor, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2014
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Pinnacle Health Systems
Huntingdon, PA

“A Nurse Anesthetist program is only as good as the program director and the administrative staff. Dr. Michael Kost, the program director at Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia, is well known to the Philadelphia area and abroad. Mike exemplifies the high standards of didactic and clinical excellence that Dr. Tornetta began in 1951 when the program was founded.

“Advancing my nursing career at the age of 48 after 18 years as a Registered Nurse was a formidable task. However, Mike was always very engaged and never allowed me to lose sight of my goal of becoming a CRNA. He is very attuned to each and every SRNA’s needs and always works attentively to foster a great learning environment. His proven study plan for the NBCRNA has been well tested over the many years that he has been the program director at Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia. It provided me with a manageable way to tackle the enormous volume of board preparation material.

“As a graduate of FJTSA/LaSalle University, I felt well prepared and confident that I was able to provide safe, vigilant anesthesia care. I would recommend FJTSA without hesitation to anyone looking for an anesthesia school that truly supports, challenges, and, most importantly, invests in its students.”


Rachel Gernerd

Rachel Gernerd, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2013
United Anesthesia Services
Plymouth Meeting, PA

The Frank J. Tornetta anesthesia program has been around for over 65 years and has a reputation for the preparedness of its students, organizations excellent instructors, and exemplary pass rate of the certification exam. I found these generalizations to be understated and witnessed these truths for the 27 months I was enrolled in the program, in my current work environment, and now working with the students as an instructor.

From the application process to the communication before the program even began, it was clear that The Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia was unmatched. Every one of the students was prepared, informed, and excited to commence a new chapter in their lives. These attitudes continued through the extensive didactic portion of the program, then continued through a broad and comprehensive amount of clinical experiences. These experiences included cases in the general OR, pediatric, cardiac, obstetric, neurology, and pulmonary/vascular. The students were matched with talented and informative mentors in clinical practice all over the region. These preceptors taught, listened, and communicated with the program director about progress to optimize the students’ learning.

For 27 months we were taught by wonderful instructors, practiced clinical skills in the state of the art simulation lab, and gained knowledge and experience in the clinical arena. For close to 3 years we studied and were guided by a very involved, supportive, and organized program director, Mike Kost and his staff, which made all the difference. Educating nurses on the practice of anesthesia has been perfected in this program, I enjoyed my experience here, and I encourage anyone interested in pursuing this advanced degree to apply to the Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The program has a recipe for success. I personally witnessed the success of the Class of 2013 and our very proud accomplishment of a 100% first time NBCRNA pass rate on the national certification examination.


Chelsea McFaden, CRNA, MSN

Chelsea McFadden, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2013
United Anesthesia Serives, PC
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Choosing to pursue the career of a Nurse Anesthetist was one of the best, and most rewarding decisions of my life. As a CRNA, I am challenged each day, both mentally and physically. It’s not an easy path to take, but the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia got me there. I graduated with the knowledge, clinical skills and confidence needed in order to become a CRNA who practices safe, high quality care.

Choosing a program was an easy choice for me. All you have to do is ask around, and you will quickly hear the great reputation of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia. The program director goes above and beyond for his students, and the entire staff/faculty are excellent. The classroom utilizes state-of-the-art technology for lectures and SIM lab. The various clinical sites offer wide ranges of anesthetic opportunities and experiences.

Preparation for the boards is started months before graduation. This program truly is focused on allowing every student to succeed. It is no surprise that our class’s first time NBCRNA certification exam pass rate was 100%.

I was most impressed with overall program organization. From Day 1, your schedule is laid out for you. Montgomery students were always over prepared for clinical! I have learned so much from this program. I was taught not only didactic and clinical anesthesia, but time management and professionalism in the workplace as well. The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia offers a full service package!


Brittany Schlimm, CRNA, MSN

Brittany Schlimm, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2013
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

“I always knew that I wanted to extend my education and pursue a degree in Nurse Anesthesia. With so many options within the Philadelphia area, the more difficult decision was choosing the program. After my interview at The Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia, I immediately knew that it was the best fit for me. The structure and organization of the program are what first interested me. Several months before the program began we were notified of our schedule and expectations. On the first day, our didactic plan was discussed with us. When the time came to choose clinical sites, the Program Director, Mike, and Assistant Director, Cindy, worked with us to find the best clinical experiences. Throughout the program, these same schedules and expectations were consistently communicated. Together with Mike, we always made short and long term goals for study plans and clinical experiences. He was always engaged in the learning progress of each student. Most importantly, Mike and Cindy were always available to change these plans as needed. They realized that people still have life circumstances happening while in school and that things may need to be changed or redirected. Throughout the entire program it was very apparent how much Mike, Cindy, and the other staff members cared about their students and want them to succeed.

I truly feel that choosing a career in Nurse Anesthesia and education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia was the best decision of my life. The education that I received prepared me for successful completion of the NBCRNA certification exam and my career as a CRNA. I highly recommend The Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia to anyone looking to pursue a career in Nurse Anesthesia.”


Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2012
Pinnacle Health Systems
Harrisburg, PA

Deciding to advance my career in nursing and become a CRNA was an easy decision for me, however choosing the right nurse anesthesia program to accomplish that goal was the hard part. After speaking to many anesthesia providers and interviewing at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center/La Salle University School of Nursing, I knew this is where I belonged. It was quite obvious to me that the director and faculty really have the students best interest at heart.

The program was fast paced – we hit the ground running on day 1 and never looked back. There was no time wasted. Mike Kost, the director, is very clear on conveying student expectations while in the program. From start to finish, the program was very well organized.

The SIM lab experience was invaluable and provides the students a nonthreatening way to problem solve many different clinical scenarios while working alone and with fellow students.

The clinical affiliation sites were very good and allowed students the ability to obtain a great variety of cases. Mike also works with many students to allow placements at clinical sites according to their current residence in order to minimize driving time whenever possible which was a huge help.

The program allows the student the ability to balance school and home life while providing ample study time in order to prepare for the Self Evaluation Examination and National Certification Exam.

The didactic and clinical portions of the program along with the excellent faculty and director provide the driving force for a student to succeed and become an excellent CRNA. I would recommend the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center/La Salle University School of Nursing to anyone who maybe thinking of becoming a CRNA. It was the best career decision I have ever made and I LOVE my new career. Thank you FJTSA!


Patti Hay

Patti Hay

Class of 2011
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System

“People have said to me on multiple occasions, “So you’re a Tornetta (Montgomery) Grad…” I respond proudly, “YES I am! And why do you ask?” “I can just tell…” they reply.

“Being a former PACU nurse, I have worked closely with previous graduates. The expertise in the care they give each and every patient is the main reason I chose the Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing. The program has a well known reputation throughout the anesthesia community due to the commitment of its faculty and director. The didactic and clinical curriculum is very structured and geared towards the success and competence of the student. The availability of multiple clinical sites yields to a variety of learning experiences.

“As a recent graduate, I feel confident in my ability to provide safe, quality anesthesia care as a result of the solid educational foundation provided to me by the program!”


Alina Prieres

Alina Prieres

Class of 2011
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Lehigh Valley Healthcare Network
Cedar Crest
Allentown, Pennsylvania

“Attending the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing is the best decision I made in my nursing career. After meeting with the Director, I knew this program would be a good fit for me. The decision to attend the program was not difficult. Mike is a wonderful director. He is dedicated to the program and has a genuine interest in the success of all of his students.

“Mike selects a strong faculty to teach the didactic portion of the program. The instructors present complex anesthesia concepts in a well structured and ordered manner. The excellent classroom instruction, clinical experiences, board certification practice examinations and dedicated study time contribute to the high pass rate on the NBCRNA certification examination. Clinically, the program provides first-rate experiences. The varied clinical sites integrated with supportive clinical coordinators offer exceptional learning experiences.

“The program provided me with a strong foundation and I felt prepared to start my new career as a nurse anesthetist.”


Ann M Bryson, CRNA, MSN

Ann M Bryson, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2010
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Camden, New Jersey

“I knew that I wanted to continue to advance my career in nursing, and was looking for a new challenge for my future. Being a nurse anesthetist would provide me with the perfect opportunity to advance my clinical skills and provide me with an in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. After talking to graduates of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing, it became evident that there was only one clear choice for anesthesia school for me. Former students had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the program, the faculty and the director.

“After interviewing with the Admissions Committee, it was obvious why former students felt that way. The program is exceptionally well organized and students are supported and mentored throughout their 27 month education. It was evident from my very first day that the focus of this program was geared toward preparing students for success both academically and clinically. The strong didactic preparation by faculty who could also integrate their own professional practice experiences throughout lectures helped to enhance understanding of anesthesia concepts.

“The clinical experiences that the program provides are excellent. Students have the ability to participate in clinical educational experiences in both large urban healthcare settings and smaller community based hospitals. I graduated from anesthesia school committed to my profession and feeling confident and prepared to practice safely. I am so very grateful for the education and opportunities that I received at Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a quality nurse anesthesia educational program.”


Mary Margaret Monser, CRNA, MSN

Mary Margaret Monser, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2010
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
East Norriton, PA

“As a mature, driven student I never expected anyone to say “no” anywhere along the way. From a steadfast start in 2001 pursuing a nursing degree until graduation from The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing with a Master’s Degree in 2010, I was always found with a textbook or some sort of learning resource. Becoming a CRNA was by far the hardest thing I ever did, but also the most gratifying. As I tell many of the SRNA’s assigned to my clinical site, it was a constant test of one’s confidence in themself. Take a challenging, time consuming program; add family responsibilities and financial obligations and it becomes obvious why it is key to have a well-organized, professional program providing excellent opportunities for success.

“I truly am grateful for the excellent program at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia. From the day I decided to become a nurse anesthetist, making calls to several institutions, the program at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia provided prompt, professional answers and information. It was not hard to make the right choice; it was the only program that made the process seamless. During my eventual entry and progress through the program, while I knew I had to do my part to be successful, I was provided with clear objectives and the tools to achieve success. I always was confident that my best interests were being served by the program under Dr. Kost’s supervision and guidance. Constantly striving for perfection and improvement, the program was and is ever evolving, keeping stride with current guidelines, teaching strategies, and evidenced based literature. Despite the challenges of a rigorous program and unscheduled life events, Mike provided support and dedication to ensure individual success.

“Now, as a clinical coordinator for the program, I try to instill in students the same processes that helped me to achieve success in the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing. I truly am living the dream I so long ago set out to achieve.”


Kate Herman, CRNA, MSN

Kate Herman, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2009
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Reading, Pennsylvania

“The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing provides a master level nursing degree – either MSN or post master certificate in Anesthesia. I completed all core Masters classes before I began the very intense 27 month Nurse Anesthetist program.

“I made my decision to attend the program after I reviewed a variety of anesthesia programs and spoke to graduates from The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia. I feel that I made a very informed decision.

“This intense, focused program allowed me to marshal all previous nursing experience and direct all energy to acquiring a new level of expertise. The Director, Associate Director and administrative staff are the driving forces behind the program and hold very high expectations. The program is challenging, however new material and skills are presented in a well planned and thoughtful manner. The clinical sites are exceptional. Both the didactic and clinical curriculum prompt you to use critical thinking skills, compassion and prepare you to function as a patient advocate. Dr. Kost is very attuned to the needs of his students. He provides a balance that keeps you on track throughout the program with the final goal of entry level expertise and the building blocks to establish a strong, continually expanding practice.

“The program integrates outstanding didactic lectures coupled with challenging clinical experiences.”


Leilani Lavin, CRNA, MSN

Leilani Lavin, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2009
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
St. Luke’s Hospital
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

“The best chance for a successful career and future begins with the right education. I chose the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing because of its long, storied history. As a young nurse, I knew I wanted to become a nurse anesthetist, so finding the right school was very important to me.

“The program offers a wealth of knowledge from informative classroom lectures and strong clinical experiences. This program has been producing quality graduates for many years. The tuition is very competitive. While attending the program, students will be motivated from the commitment and support of the faculty.

“Since graduating, I have found a sense of accomplishment in providing a much needed service. With flexible work shifts and good earnings, I am able to balance a rewarding career and satisfying family life. The program provided me with a solid foundation to pursue success in my career.”


Chalise Mason

Chalise Mason

Class of 2009
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Einstein Healthcare Network
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I selected the Frank J. Tornetta School/La Salle University anesthesia program because of its excellent reputation. A distinct student advantage is the fact that it is mandatory to take the core MSN nursing courses (Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, Research I and II) prior to the start of the program. This allowed me the ability to focus more on the clinical aspects of the program when I entered the anesthesia residency phase of the program. The program has provided a solid foundation for me to function as an autonomous, safe and competent anesthesia provider.”


Angelique Troisi

Angelique Troisi

Class of 2009
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
St. Luke’s Hospital
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

“I selected Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital because of their well-known reputation. I met several of their alumni and was very impressed with their skills and knowledge base. The multiple clinical sites were also a draw. I had great experiences through this program. I felt I was challenged mentally and continually encouraged to think at a higher level. I gained such a better understanding of physiology, that I only wish I knew when I worked in ICU. This program helped prepare me for the increase in acuity of patients and it gave me the tools to continuously be abreast of new research in order for me to practice at an optimal level. Becoming a CRNA was the best career decision I ever made and am proud to be an alumni of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia!”


Jen Patterson, CRNA, MSN

Jen Patterson, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2008
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Jacksonville, Florida

“When selecting an anesthesia program, I first considered the Director. The overall success of an intense graduate program is largely due to the leadership and competence of the Director. He/She should have a strong commitment to the program and the students and be an ever-present student advocate. Mike exemplifies all of these attributes. Also, having the flexibility to take the core graduate classes at La Salle prior to starting the full time program was a great help to me academically as well as financially.

“The program is rigorous and the learned didactic principles are almost immediately applied in clinical practice. Despite having a full time commitment to daily classes, clinical and intense study, I found there to be ample time allowed for personal days. The high quality classroom instruction definitely contributes to the excellent passing rate on the national board exam. Between the study sessions and practice exams, I felt very well prepared for boards. I attributed my smooth transition into the CRNA role at The Mayo Clinic, Florida to the high level of responsibility I was given in my clinical practicums as well as high acuity case experience I received in various anesthetizing locations.

“I would recommend this program to any strong candidate looking for a challenging, but rewarding career.”


Kathleen Carilla, CRNA, MSN

Kathleen Carilla, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2007
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Society Hill Anesthesia Consultants
Delaware County Memorial Hospital

“The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia is the best thing that has happened to me in my 25 year nursing career. I had worked as an RN in various specialties. The nurse anesthesia students from the Frank J. Tornetta anesthesia program rotated through the hospital where I was employed and I would engage them in conversation about their experiences. I only heard positive things about the program and its director, Mike Kost. I finally contacted him and he was so helpful and encouraging that, after almost 20 years of nursing, I decided to take the chance and start anesthesia school at age 40!

“I was not disappointed. Beginning with my first interview, and all throughout the program, I had the most outstanding experiences. With hard work and dedication, I found myself always supported by the faculty and most especially by Mike. His devotion to the success of this program and its students is apparent in his active involvement and attention to the program. His door is always open to discuss issues and encourage, which is vitally important as you take on this challenge.

“The benefits of the program are numerous. I received an education that now provides me with an elevated level of autonomy, responsibility and respect which has brought me a great deal of happiness in my professional and personal life.”


Pete Conicelli, CRNA, MSN

Pete Conicelli, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2007
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I selected the Frank J. Tornetta School of anesthesia for many reasons. First was the proven positive results over time. Mike is well known for directing an excellent program and producing top notch CRNAs. The small class size, attention to the basics, variety of clinical experiences and settings, allowed me the ability to become a successful CRNA. The program’s demand for excellence sets the bar extremely high. The Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia students meet or exceed even these standards. As I continue to develop professionally, I realize how fortunate I was to receive my education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia.”


Kathleen Ernst

Kathleen Ernst

Class of 2007
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Jeanes Hospital, Temple University Health System
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I got lucky. I chose the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University because someone I knew had gone there. What I didn’t know at the time was how good the program was and how glad I would be to have attended! Throughout my two-plus years there, I was impressed over and over again by the dedication and knowledge of the faculty and by how diligent everyone was in keeping up with the ever-changing field of anesthesia. The varied clinical sites provided tremendous learning experiences, and I always felt very encouraged and supported by the faculty “back home” as I went out to new specialty rotations. The program prepared me very well for the constant challenge of anesthesia, and I have never once regretted my choice of school or my choice of career.”


Kate Muldowney Camuso, CRNA, MSN

Kate Muldowney Comuso, CRNA, MSN

Class of 2006
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Cooper Medical Center
Camden, New Jersey

“I graduated from the Frank J Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing in November of 2006. I chose this program specifically because it has a well known strong reputation in educating nurse anesthetists. The program has produced many successful graduates that pass their boards on the first attempt. When I interviewed, I was extremely impressed with the director (Mike Kost, DNP, CRNA). I always felt that he managed the program and the students extremely well. He is a very attentive director who was very in tune with his students and their educational needs.

“My experience in the program was a very positive one. I was able to successfully exceed the SEE (Self-Evaluation Examination) national average and the national board examination on my first attempt. I felt that the program was truly unique. I was provided excellent clinical experiences that successfully prepared me for my current position as a staff anesthetist in a Level 1 Trauma center in an inner city hospital. The program prepared me to critically think independently and practice with autonomy so that I could provide an excellent level of care to my patients.

“I would definitely recommend this program to anyone seeking admission to a nurse anesthesia educational program. In fact, my husband will be applying to the program as soon as he completes some prerequisite classes. In my opinion, my former program is superior in many ways. The overall administrative team and particularly my former director truly care about their students and have their best interests at heart.”


Michael Hartman, CRNA, DNP

Michael Hartman, CRNA, DNP

Class of 2004
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Lehigh Valley Health System
Allentown, Pennsylvania

2011 Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year

“I selected the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia because of the personable and family atmosphere. I was also informed about the programs prestigious reputation and its graduates outstanding achievements. The philosophy of the program developed my basics of anesthesia foundation and my advanced anesthesia critical thinking skills. The program influenced my appreciation and commitment to excel as a clinical mentor and to advance my collegiate studies. The opportunity to study nurse anesthesia within this program was an honor and I have developed a life-long relationship with the program.”


Thomas Eicke, CRNA, MS

Thomas Eicke, CRNA, MS

Class of 1999
Director of Nurse Anesthesia
United Anesthesia Services, PC
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

“In 1995 I applied to 15 Nurse Anesthesia programs around the country. After interviewing at The Frank J.Tornetta School of Anesthesia I knew my choice was made. The interview with Director Mike Kost was a large part of the choice. I felt that I would receive the support, balance of academic versus clinical, and challenges necessary to help me develop the skills I would need to become a great nurse anesthetist. The program helped me mature and become more confident in my advance practice nursing skills. I have made so many connections through the program, from anesthesia staff to surgeons and nurses. The benefits of being a graduate of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia reach far beyond the Delaware Valley medical community. Twelve years after graduation, I still feel the connection to the program and my former director, Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA.

“Today, as the Director of Nurse Anesthesia for one of the largest Anesthesia practices in the Philadelphia area, I look to this program as one of my best resources for the hiring of new graduates. A great program when I attended and an even better program today.”


Paulette Schank, CRNA, MS

Paulette Schank, CRNA, MS

Class of 1997
Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Ocala Regional Medical Center
Ocala, Florida

Col, USAFR
Commander
514 Aerospace Medical Squadron
McGuire, AFB, NJ

“I sat here for a while thinking about how to put into words the incredible education that I received from the faculty while enrolled in the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia. As a member of the class of 1997, I received such a strong anesthesia foundation. The technical skills can be taught and learned at many institutions, BUT the critical thinking piece and application process is the part that I learned and have relied on for so many situations since graduation.

“Shortly after graduating I was called to Tanzania, AF, the morning our American Embassy was attacked. I quickly adapted to a situation with extremely limited resources to care for severe multiple trauma patients. No blood bank, hot lines, monitors (EKG, SPO2,B/P cuffs, Gas Analyzers etc), just the basics. Ether, NaPentothal, Halothane. Sux, and Pavulon. Demerol and only in very limited quantities. Well you learn how wonderful basic assessment skills can be. A year later on a mission trip to Honduras, those same skills came into play once more as I needed to work with a copper kettle system, halothane and a kitchen table for an OR table. All our patients did well in spite of the low technological environment. Next came Iraq, the carnage of war, requires the fine tuning of massive resuscitation skills. It takes a well oiled team to deliver that type of care every day. Most recently this past year I was asked to assist in Haiti, the day after the earthquake hit. Once again I became challenged with another experience. The level of devastation was everywhere. You are torn with wanting to do something for everyone immediately, but first you have to figure out HOW. The hospital was flattened and the resources to work with is strictly what you carried with you. An adult and child ambu bag, B/P cuff, pulse ox, and meds. Day one consisted of setting up a make shift tent that we would use as an OR, by that afternoon we were treating patients. Amazing what you can do with the available resources you have.

“I share these experiences with you, to help you understand how much I appreciate the wonderful education you have provided me. You plant seeds in all your students that allow them to continue to grow without limit! Through your support and the program’s curriculum, I have been given the tools to adapt to many situations providing anesthesia with competence and compassion.

“Thank You just doesn’t sound sufficient for the gratitude I feel toward you and the Frank J. Tornetta School of Nurse Anesthesia.”