Hi, I think I can help you. I live in Westmoreland County, which is just east of Allegheny County. I applied to the three local CRNA schools. Will be attending Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Anesthesia in August.
First, you should apply to the schools, go to the interviews, hopefully get accepted at one of the three programs, then base where you will live on that.
Each of the programs is unique. Each is good.
University of Pittsburgh SOA: integrated, 30 months, fantastic first time pass rate, MSN, many tertiary hospital sites which make up the famed University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Two classes each year, one starting in Jan. and one starting in Aug. About 25 in each class. They like traditional students: young, nice-looking, not too much outside demands, i.e., single or married with no kids, or married with kids and have a WIFE. Very polished presentation during the interview. Excellent peds rotation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Lots of use of on-line resources, i.e., case tracking software, lots of class info posted online. A couple of distant clinical sites. The best simulation center in the country--I am not exaggerating. This program thinks it is 'all that'. And it is. Pitt and UPMC are located in Oakland, a city residential community. Bad traffic and parking. If I was in your shoes and going to Pitt, I would rent an apartment in one of the residential parts of the city. Like Shadyside, or the South Side, or Squirrel Hill, or even in Oakland itself. Your husband would miss most of the commute headache, living so close to city of Pittsburgh.
Allegheny Valley Hospital SOA: integrated, 24 months, non-nursing Masters, excellent first time pass rate, long history, associated with La Roche College which is located in the North Hills, one class per year starting in August about 20 in each class, very personal and intense interview process, does not use internet for case-tracking or posting of class notes, etc. Does not have a anesthesia simulator. Affiliated with the West Penn Allegheny Health System, the only competitor to UPMC. Clinicals at 2 big tertiary hospitals and a number of smaller hospitals. Less peds experience than Pitt students get. If I were in your shoes and got accepted at the Valley, I would buy a house located in one of the suburbs located northeast of the city. That would put you equidistant from both Natrona Heights and La Roche College. Living anywhere north of the city gives you decent routes into the city and the least rush-hour mess, re: your husband.
Excella Health SOA: front-loaded, 30-something months, non-nursing Masters, good pass rate, recently underwent 2 big changes. It used to be affiliated with La Roche College, but just last year began its affiliation with St. Vincent's College, which is in the Latrobe/Ligonier area. The person who was the program director, Howard Armour, is no longer the PD. He is an excellent teacher and a really nice guy, but he is going to be consulting around the country on program set up. I haven't heard too much good about the new PD, who was the assistant before. The two main hospitals of the program are Westmoreland Hospital, in Greensburg, and Latrobe Hospital in Latrobe. Greensburg is actually a city, and the county seat of Westmoreland County. Both Latrobe and Greensburg are east of Pittsburgh. Look on a PA map. If you live out that way, it is a nasty trip into Pittsburgh, since the horrendous going-into-Pittsburgh commute is from the east of Pittsburgh. But that depends on where your husband would have to work. Maybe he could get a job in Greensburg.
You can't go wrong with any of these three programs.
Hope this helps.