Dr. Andrea Bittinger received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, Michigan in 1989. While at OU, she met her husband Scott and they married in 1990. Dr. Bittinger worked for 5 years in the Intensive Care Unit at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan before attending the Oakland University – Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia for her Masters of Science in Nursing degree. She graduated with her anesthesia specialty in 1996 and has worked as a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Beaumont – Royal Oak since then. She joined the faculty of the Oakland University – Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia in 2003, serving as the Admissions and Clinical Coordinator.
Andrea Bittinger completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) through Oakland University in 2018. Her research topic was Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Occupational Stress Levels Among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Prior to returning to Oakland University for her DNP, Dr. Bittinger became the first CRNA in the United States to become certified in Emotional Intelligence (EI) through Multi-Health Systems. Her interest in the topic of EI lead her to identify a knowledge gap regarding EI and the CRNA community. Her DNP project was recently published in the Journal for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and she has presented her research 13 times in 3 different states.
Dr. Bittinger spent 6 years as a member of the Oakland University Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a current item writer for the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists examination. Andrea resides in Troy, Michigan with her husband; they have 3 adult children. She enjoys traveling, running, and hiking.