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COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Applicants to the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia are required to have the following certifications at the time of application: BLS, ACLS, PALS and CCRN. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closing of testing centers and changes in rules regarding certification and recertification. As a result of the pandemic, the following guidelines for providing proof of certification are provided:

Deadline for uploading materials to applications:
Application materials are accepted up to 2 weeks after the application deadline of August 15th, 2020 in NursingCAS.

All applicants must show proof of BLS, ACLS and PALS certification at the time of application. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Heart Association is extending Provider Course Completion Cards for 120 days beyond their renewal date, beginning with cards that expire in March 2020. As a result, cards that fall within this 120-day window will be accepted.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AACN’s testing vendor, PSI, closed all PSI-owned-and-operated test centers. Applicants are reminded that materials will be accepted up to 2 weeks after the application deadline. If an applicant is unable to provide proof of CCRN certification prior to this deadline, they may upload the post card confirmation of registration for the exam in lieu of their certification card. Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants on a date that falls after the scheduled exam. The applicant must show proof of CCRN certification on arrival for the interview or they will be disqualified.

For more information from the AACN about the CCRN exam and changes related to the Corona virus, visit 

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.

Average class size is 25 students. The Class of 2019 provided anesthesia in an average of 939 cases, had an attrition rate of 0% and had a first time test taker national certification exam (NCE) pass rate of 91%. One hundred percent of graduates gain employment within 3 months of completing the program. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings ranging from rural independent practice to team models in major academic medical centers across the country.

The program is 87-credits encompassing 36 months of full time study, culminating in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice 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 36-month-program exceeds minimum accreditation standards set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs in both clinical and classroom instruction. In 2012, the program was awarded 10 year reaccreditation status, the highest level extended to a nurse anesthesia program.

The Oakland University - Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia has been approved by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Programs to transition to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) effective fall of 2018.

The application deadline is August 15, 2020 for the class that will start in the fall of 2021.


Visit Oakland University's School of Nursing 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.

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