School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Admissions & Clinical Coordinator
Andrea Bittinger 
(248) 898-7683 

Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program
Anne Hranchook
(248) 898-1270

Adviser Contact 
Emily Stepanian-Bennett
(248) 364-8782

Director of Graduate Programs 
Meghan Harris
(248) 364-8762

Nurse Anesthesia

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for visiting. 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, 2018 for the class that will start in the fall of 2019.

NOTE: The nurse anesthesia program is housed under the Masters link. When prompted to choose a level, please do not select Doctorate. You must select the Master's link for the nurse anesthesia program.  


The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is a collaborative initiative between Oakland University and nationally renowned Beaumont Health System. Working in concert, both institutions are able to provide an exceptional educational environment for educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The Nurse Anesthesia program is among the best of its kind in the country according to the latest education rankings released by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The publication ranked the nurse anesthesia program 18th out of 115 U.S. graduate programs in the nation. Program statistics are available. 

The Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses (APRNs) with a specialization in nurse anesthesia. The curriculum is an integration of DNP, APRN and nurse anesthesia specialty courses. Clinical internships provide the opportunity for students to apply theory to practice, gain experience in all specialty areas and to become experts capable of providing anesthesia care to patients across the lifespan at all levels of acuity, undergoing procedures of varying complexity.

After 36 months of full-time study, graduates are prepared to take the certification examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists leading to the designation CRNA. 

For more information about the nurse anesthesia program, please visit

Program Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the Oakland University-Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Program (OUBGPNA) is to provide the highest quality graduate educational program that prepares CRNA exemplars in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.

Faculty of the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia believe that nurse anesthesia students bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences with them thus providing a unique lens from which they view their rich educational experiences. We believe students possess natural intellectual curiosity, are highly motivated, and have a desire for self-direction and life-long learning. Specific to learning the art and science of nurse anesthesia, the Faculty believes that experiences offered both in the classroom and clinical environment are specialized instruments to be embraced as progression to advanced practice nursing arises. Students are taught that anesthesia care is to be delivered holistically and without bias, discrimination, or prejudice. Competency is the ultimate outcome for each learner and the recipients of care entrust the faculty to uphold this commitment. We promote an educational environment of scholarly inquiry and each student is supported as they develop a multitude of cognitive, psychomotor, and psychosocial skills necessary for safe clinical practice. These skills include but are not limited to the ability to think critically, effectively communicate, respect the external environment, problem solve, and apply best evidence to practice. Faculty are designers of active, goal directed learning processes who guide the students in translating the fund of knowledge they have acquired into an environment of mutually respectful exchange of ideas, discussion of new and innovative plans of care, and individualized perspectives. Graduate education is as a shared responsibility between student and faculty. Students must be intensely committed to achieving their goals through a consistent demonstration of purpose, motivation, responsibility to patients and colleagues, independence of thought, creativity and personal demeanor. Likewise, Faculty is committed to the responsibilities of acting as a competent resource, providing expert guidance and demonstrating a high level of professionalism. As Faculty, we believe we have a responsibility to the profession which is expressed in our desire to prepare nurse anesthetists who will serve as an invaluable resource in support of the goals of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The AANA mission is to advance patient safety, practice excellence and the profession of nurse anesthesia. Ultimately, we endeavor to provide an educational program that will ably prepare the nurse anesthetist to meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse population.

Program Statistics
Five-Year Admission Statistics
Average Class Size: 20 – 25
Average GPA: 3.7
Average Years of ICU at Time of Application: 2.15

Attrition, NCE Pass Rate, Employment
5 Year Attrition Rate: 10%
Attrition for Class of 2016: 14%
National Certification Exam Pass Rate: 94%
First-time pass rate for Class of 2016: 83%
Employment Rate: 100%


U.S. News & World Report Ranking
Ranked 18th out of 115 U.S. Nurse Anesthesia graduate programs in the nation in the latest education rankings released by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Title Accreditation
The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for October, 2022.

Visit the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs website. Contact the COA directly at 847-655-1160 or via 222 S. Prospect Ave. Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001.

Program Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program
3024 Human Health Building
Oakland: (248) 364-8708
Beaumont: (248) 898-1270
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of the
Nurse Anesthesia Program
3020 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8776
Admissions & Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Lower Level-North Tower
Linda McDonald, DrAP, CRNA
Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Lower Level-North Tower
Simulation & Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Lower Level-North Tower
Susan Davis
Program Secretary
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Lower Level-North Tower

To be considered for an interview for the Oakland University - Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Compliance with Oakland University graduate study admission requirements
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
    • The undergraduate cumulative grade point average must be a 3.0 or above and grades in each required science course in the undergraduate nursing program must be a 3.0 or above.
  • Completion of the following undergraduate courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA:
    • physiology
    • pathophysiology
    • anatomy
    • pharmacology
    • organic chemistry or biochemistry
    • physical assessment course
  • A minimum of 1 year of Intensive Care Unit experience at the time of application.
  • Satisfactory achievement on the Graduate Record Examination (for graduates with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater, the GRE is not required). Acceptable scores are:
    • V > 146; Q > 140; A > 3.0
  • Eligible for a current Registered Nurse license in the state of Michigan
  • Attend an interview and complete a brief evaluation about their critical care nursing knowledge and skills
  • Two satisfactory evaluations are required. One must be from a current nurse manager.
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, and CCRN certification at the time of application
  • Apply Here at NursingCAS
    *Oakland University’s DNP-NA program’s application can be completed at NursingCAS, the centralized common application service for nursing programs. Please make sure you follow all directions very closely when completing the application

Applicants have the right to accurate information regarding the program. Any questions not answered by visiting this website can be directed to Andrea Bittinger, MSN, DNPc, CRNA: Admissions Coordinator at

Types of Critical Care Experience Accepted

Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a US military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experience in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

  • Emergency room, recovery room and step-down units typically do not satisfy the ICU requirement.
  • This experience must have occurred within 2 years of the application deadline.

Program Costs

Tuition for the program: $8116 per semester *
SEE exam: $160
AANA Membership: $200
Books: $1000**
Conferences, travel and lodging: Variable

*New tuition rates are set by the Oakland University Board of Trustees in mid to late summer. The Board reserves the right to change any and all tuition rates when circumstance make such a change necessary.

**Many required textbooks are available free to students online via the Oakland University Kresge Library

***Students are responsible for costs incurred for travel in the program including gas, lodging and meals (approximately $6500).

All students must carry health insurance for the duration of the program. Please make arrangements to have this by the start of the program.


Applications are always due by August 15th for the following fall semester.

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in the department of graduate study and lifelong learning by the deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

International applications are reviewed for fall admission only.

International applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment in the university. All international application materials must be submitted by May 1st for fall admission.

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
4 - 6 p.m.

Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Surgical Learning Center Classroom 
Registration not required 
Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

There will be a special Kalamazoo Information Session on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Location: Lawrence Education Center - Classroom 122 - Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Click here for additional dates and times for information sessions.

Information to include: 
  • Role of the CRNA
  • Program overview
  • Application requirements 
  • Admission and selection criteria
  • Curriculum 
  • Cost and finances 
  • Meet program faculty and current students 
For more information, call 248-898-7683 or visit

Here is a video by student, Kristine Hilton, called A Day in the Life of a Graduate Student Nurse Anesthetist - Oakland University. She won the Oakland University Dean's Choice Graduate Video Competition in 2017. 


The program of study for nurse anesthesia is 87 credits and requires 36 months of full-time study commencing in September. Extensive time is required in the clinical setting beginning gradually in the second term. Clinical requirements by the accrediting body require a minimum of 600 cases in all specialty areas and 2000 clinical hours.

Plan of Study
Consult the Plan of Study for the full list of courses required.

Course Descriptions
Course descriptions are available in the graduate catalog.

Time Commitment

The time commitment involved in graduate study is extremely rigorous.

  • Students can expect to spend an average of 64 hours a week in class and/or clinical throughout the 36 months.
  • Students are expected to attend various in-state meetings and seminars, at their own cost.
  • Students spend an average of 1 day per month in the Simulation Lab.
  • Off-shift (midnight, afternoon and weekend) and on-call hours are required.
  • Students will rotate to rural and underserved clinical sites during the course of the program.
  • Students are given vacation days and/or sick time to use throughout the program

Affiliate Sites

Clinical internships begin toward the end of the first year and advance throughout the program. The primary clinical site is Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, a 1,070-bed level-one trauma center in Royal Oak, Michigan. In 2004, the hospital completed a major expansion project, and became the first Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence in Michigan. In 2009, Beaumont, Royal Oak announced the formation of Beaumont Children's and in 2015, the hospital performed more than 50,000 surgical cases. The clinical education at Beaumont offers 14 surgical specialties including cardiovascular, pediatric, thoracic and vascular surgery. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requires a minimum of 600 clinical cases in all specialty areas and 2000 clinical hours. Students from Oakland University – Beaumont’s Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia class of 2016 averaged over 850 cases and over 2500 hours.

In addition to the Royal Oak campus, the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia has access to Troy, Grosse Pointe and Botsford campuses and over 25 affiliate sites throughout the state of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Students living in Marquette and Kalamazoo Michigan are able to attend the program full time via state of the art video conferencing equipment while training in hospitals near their homes.

Affiliate Site List

Allegan General Hospital
Allegan, Michigan

Bell Hospital
Ishpeming, Michigan

Borgess Hospital
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Children's Hospital of Michigan
Detroit, Michigan

Covenant Healthcare System
Saginaw, Michigan

Dickinson County Healthcare System
Iron Mountain, Michigan

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Beaumont Hospital, Troy
Troy, Michigan

Bronson Hospital
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Flower Hospital
Sylvania, Ohio

Marquette General Health System
Marquette, Michigan

Portage Health System
Hancock, Michigan

McLaren - Flint
Flint, Michigan

McLaren - Macomb
Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Oaklawn Hospital
Marshall, Michigan

OSF St. Francis Hospital
Escanaba, Michigan

Pennock Hospital
Hastings, Michigan

Port Huron Hospital
Port Huron, Michigan

Portage Health System
Hancock, Michigan

Providence Hospital
Southfield, Michigan

Scheurer Hospital
Pigeon, Michigan

St. John Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

Tawas Hospital
Tawas, Michigan

Toledo Hospital
Toledo, Ohio

VA Medical Center
Detroit, Michigan

Wildwood Surgery Center
Toledo, Ohio

Distance Education

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.

As 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:

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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 Center.

Marquette, Michigan

Students who 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.

Toledo, Ohio

Students 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.


The Oakland University - Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Program of Nurse Anesthesia offers the most advanced technology available including Human Patient Simulation Technology, online courses, and a well-established distance education program. The 5,500 square foot, $4.5 million Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute is designed to educate surgical teams in advanced techniques through a combination of computer simulation and laboratory skills.

The Learning Institute has two mock operating rooms where anesthesia students can approximate the complexities of anesthesia in a simulated environment to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. This takes place under the educational guidance of Laura Rodgers, CRNA, MSN, Simulation Coordinator for the Oakland University - Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Here, students can rehearse everything from basic skills to management of difficult case scenarios including high frequency, low acuity cases. The simulation experience consists of a pre-briefing, establishing learning goals, technical introduction, a theory module, conduct of the clinical scenario and debriefing. The institute has everything from task trainers to high-tech classrooms with distance learning capabilities through two-way communication systems.

DNP -Nurse

DNP: Nurse Anesthesia Program Description
The plan of study for the DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program encompasses fulltime study that prepares nurses as specialists in anesthesia care. As advanced practice registered nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect.

Nursing courses and clinical internships provide the opportunity for students to gain experience in nurse anesthesia practice in all specialty areas. Students study advanced physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and gross anatomical dissection in cognate courses. The graduate applies nursing theory, principles of nurse anesthesia practice and research in the delivery of anesthesia care. After 36 months of full time study, nurse anesthesia graduates are prepared to take the certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists leading to the designation CRNA.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).  The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for October 2022. Visit the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs website.

Contact the COA directly at 847-655-1160 or via 222 S. Prospect Ave. Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001.
Ranked 18th out of 115 U.S. Nurse Anesthesia graduate programs in the nation in the latest education rankings released by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.