Certified Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program

The Oakland University - Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Program began in 1991 as a collaborative initiative to address the nurse anesthesia shortage and provide an exceptional educational environment for training Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Authority for the program is shared between Oakland University and Beaumont Health System. It is one of several advanced practice nursing programs offered by the Graduate School of Nursing at Oakland University.

The average class size is 20 students. The most recent graduating class of 2013 had an attrition rate of 4%, a first time certification exam pass rate of 96%, and 100% of the graduates gained employment within 3 months of completing the program. Graduates are employed in all practice models, ranging from rural and independent practice to team models in major academic medical centers across the country.

The program is 56-credits encompassing 28 months of full time study, culminating in a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The nurse anesthesia program includes core courses in nursing, support courses in the sciences and specialty courses in nurse anesthesia. An intensive clinical internship parallels the didactic courses, providing ongoing opportunity to apply theory to practice. The 28-month-program exceeds minimum accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs in both clinical and classroom instruction. The program also offers a 40 credit Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia. In 2012, the program was awarded 10 year reaccreditation status, the highest level extended to a nurse anesthesia program.

Applications to the Oakland University - Beaumont Program of Nurse Anesthesia can be submitted online anytime. Application deadline is September 15 each year. Interviews are held in October of each year. All application material must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions at Oakland University.

Visit Oakland University's website.

Visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website.

Visit the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthetists website.
Contact the COA directly at 847-655-1160 or via 222 S. Prospect Ave. Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001.