I am not an SRNA yet, but I start this fall in Richmond, VA. I am from the Latrobe, however, so I thought I'd offer up what I know. They are both excellent schools
, as reported by some CRNAs I know in that area. The Pitt program offers a MSN and is university program. The Westmoreland-Latrobe program offers a Masters in Sciences (I think?) and is a hospital program. I intereviewed and was accepted to the Univ. of Pitts. program, and I cannot say enough good things about the faculty, especially the director, John O'Donnell. I decided to move to Richmond instead of start school there for purely personal reasons, and it was a really tough decision to decide not to go to Pitt. I also met the director (maybe former director- it was a long time ago) of the Westmoreland-Latrobe program when I was in nursing school
and looking for some advice as to what I should be doing to get on the "anesthesia track."-- he was also extremely helpful, friendly, etc.
The only comparison I have been told (when I was looking for schools initially) from a CRNA, is that she felt that CRNAs from both schools are both quite good, but her personal opinion was that in working with both, Pitt's CRNA were overall better prepared initially out of school. I'm not sure of clinical sites for the Westmoreland-Latrobe program, but I'm certain Pitt's are top of the line and probably hard to compete with. I worked at Presby in Pittsburgh and I think hands down, they get the sickest of the sickest and most complicated patients in the area, plus lots of transplants, etc. Good luck applying.