U.S. News & World Report ranks OU’s nurse anesthesia program among best in nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks OU’s nurse anesthesia program among best in nation
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The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate program of Nurse Anesthesia is ranked 18th out of 115 U.S. graduate programs in nursing-anesthesia, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is among the best programs of its kind in the country, according to the latest education rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the master’s program 18th out of 115 U.S. graduate programs in nursing-anesthesia. 


The program was established in 1991 and educates students to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals. 


A shared initiative between Oakland University’s School of Nursing and Beaumont Health System, it is the only accredited nurse anesthesia program in Oakland County.


“The ranking in U.S. News & World Report reflects a strong commitment by leaders at Oakland University and Beaumont Health System to provide the highest-quality education in nurse anesthesia,” said James Lentini, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “Graduates of the program are well-equipped to take on the responsibilities and challenges of a rapidly evolving healthcare field.”


After 28 months of full-time study, OU’s nurse anesthesia graduates are prepared to take the certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. Over the past five years, 92 percent of program graduates have passed the exam on the first attempt and 100 percent of graduates have gained employment within three months of completing the program.


The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the sole accrediting authority for nurse anesthesia programs at the post-master’s certificate, master’s and doctoral degree levels across the nation.


To learn more about the program, visit the website.