The increasing use of technology in classroom instruction has grown
exponentially over the years. The Oakland University - Beaumont Graduate
Program of Nurse Anesthesia (OUBGPNA) is a leader in the use of
distance technology. In 2001, the Program was the first in the nation to
receive a $300,000 grant to begin a distance education program.
of 2015, over 45 distance students have graduated from the program. The
Council on Accreditation requires that distance education programs and
courses meet the same standards and achieve the same outcomes as
traditional educational offerings. The OUBGPNA distance education
program evidences high quality through the achievement of its graduates.
Many have been recipients of awards for academic and clinical
excellence such as the prestigious Agatha Hodgins Award, the Edward
Petrovich Scholarship, and many academic honors from Oakland University.
Graduates have also moved into high-level anesthesia department
managerial and administration roles.
One of the goals of OUBGPNA's
distance education program is to overcome barriers of place and time.
Distance learning allows education to reach those who are located at
distance primary sites. The program endeavors to connect students in the
classroom at Beaumont – Royal Oak with those off campus in an
atmosphere that promotes a feeling of belonging and camaraderie by the
use of video, audio, and active learning.
There are various off
campus classrooms for students enrolled in the program. These classrooms
are located either in or near the hospitals where students are accepted
and like Beaumont, they are called primary sites. All students in the
program regardless of location will rotate outside of their primary
site. In addition, distance students have the opportunity and
expectation to participate in the Simulation Lab and obtain clinical
experiences at Beaumont Hospital when assigned. A description of each
distance site follows:
Students who are accepted
into the program at Kalamazoo will obtain the majority of their clinical
education at Bronson and Borgess Hospitals. The classroom for students
accepted into the Kalamazoo cohort is located at the Bronson Navigation
are accepted into the program in Marquette will obtain the majority of
their clinical education at Marquette General Hospital. The classroom
for students accepted into the Marquette cohort is located directly
within the hospital itself.
who are accepted into the program in Toledo, Ohio will obtain the
majority of their clinical education in one of 4 Toledo Hospitals
(Toledo, Wildwood Orthopedic and Spine, Toledo Children's and Flower
Hospital). Toledo students attend class at Royal Oak, Beaumont Hospital.