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 20 students. The Class of 2018 provided anesthesia in an average of 905 cases, had an attrition rate of 5% 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
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, 2019 for the class that will start in the fall of 2020.