In 1996, the program director, Bette Wildgust CRNA MS MSN began to seek an academic affiliation with a college of nursing. Villanova accepted the offer and the nurse anesthesia concentration began. In the summer of 2000, it became obvious that a new clinical base would be required and explorations began with Crozer Chester Hospital. An agreement between Villanova and Crozer Chester was signed in January 2002 solidifying the arrangement between the two institutions. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs was notified of the major programmatic change in May 2002 and approval was granted in June 2002 to begin the transfer of the ownership of the Lankenau Hospital School of Anesthesia from Lankenau Hospital to a joint sponsorship between Villanova University and Crozer Chester Hospital. The program is now known as Villanova University/Crozer-Chester Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program. The first class was admitted in August 2002.
Villanova University/Crozer-Chester Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia professional program has access to all facilities at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and its affiliating institutions. There are many clinical sites where the students can gain experience. The full-time adjunct faculty consists of board-certified anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, doctorally prepared nurses and guest lecturers.