Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA

Director, Nurse Anesthesia Track

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA has served in the role of Director of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Widener University, his anesthesia clinical education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital, Master of Science in Anesthesia and Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Master of Science in Nursing as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist from Gwynedd Mercy College. Michael completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from La Salle University School of Nursing. He has lectured extensively regionally and nationally on a wide variety of anesthesia and perianesthesia topics. Special interests include anesthesia pharmacology, the anesthesia workstation and simulation.

Web site: www.fjtsa.com

Areas of Expertise

  • The Anesthesia Workstation
  • Perianesthesia pharmacology
  • Perioperative patient care
  • Simulation based education


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2008)
  • Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education, La Salle University (2008)
  • Gwynedd Mercy University, MSN (1997)
  • Saint Joseph’s University, (MS)
  • Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia, CRNA (1985)
  • Widener University, BSN (1983)
  • Philadelphia Community College, AGS (1981)


  • National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, (1985)


  • The Anesthesia Workstation
  • Intravenous Pharmacology
  • Preoperative Patient Assessment
  • Perioperative Patient Simulation
  • Perianesthesia Nursing


Kost, M., Wildgust, B., & Woods, J. (2010). A model for utilization of academic resources: The Philadelphia area nurse anesthesia educational programs’ shared curriculum consortium. AANA Journal, 78(1), 14-7.

Beitz, J. M., & Kost, M. (2006). Nurse anesthesia education in the new millennium: Outcomes of a federally funded advanced nursing education grant. Nursing Education Perspectives, 27(4), 184-9.


Kost, M. (2004). Moderate sedation/analgesia: Core competencies for practice (2nd ed.). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Kost, M. (1998). Manual of conscious sedation. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.


Kost, M. (2004). Moderate sedation/analgesia. In D. Quinn & L. Schick (Eds.), Perianesthesia nursing core curriculum: Preoperative, phase I, and phase II PACU nursing (pp. 432-443). St. Louis, MO:  W. B. Saunders.

Kost, M. (2000). Local anesthetic solutions and techniques of administration. In N. Burden, D. Quinn. D. O’Brien, & B. Dawes (Eds.) Ambulatory surgical nursing (2nd ed.) (pp. 283 – 308). St. Louis, MO: Saunders.

Kost, M. (1999). Conscious sedation. In K. Litwack (Ed.), Core curriculum for perianesthesia nursing practice (4th ed.) (pp. 146 – 158). St. Louis, MO: W.B. Saunders.


March 2015

Evidence Based Perianesthesia Nursing Care
Connecticut Society of Perianesthesia Nursing (CSPAN)
Cromwell, CT

January 2015

Effective Clinical Preceptorship
Reading Hospital Medical Center
Reading, PA

May 2012

Comprehensive Clinical Management of the Perianesthesia Patient
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Hanover, NH

April 2012

Nursing Considerations for the Perianesthesia Patient
Carney Hospital
Dorchester, MA

August 2011

Professionalism, Modeling and Crisis Simulation
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Meeting
Boston, MA

May 2011

Patient Safety and Utilization of the Anesthesia Workstation
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Symposium
Hershey, PA

April 2011

Precepting the Graduate Nursing Student
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Camden, NJ

April 2011

Effective Clinical Precepting, Data Driven Outcomes
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Reading, PA

June 2010

Effective Clinical Precepting
University of Pittsburgh College of Nursing
Pittsburgh, PA

April 2010

Advanced Principals in Sedation/Anesthesia
Society of Gastroenterology Nursing National Meeting
Orlando, FL

March 2010

Implications for the Pediatric Perianesthesia Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Needham, MA

January 2010

Effective Clinical Preceptorship
Philadelphia Area Nurse Anesthesia Programs Consortium
Upland, PA