Q. How long is the program?
A. 36 months, 9 semesters
Q. How often do you admit?
A. Once per year in May (summer term).
Q. How many applicants apply to the program each year?
A. Over 100 applicants
Q. How many applicants are interviewed each year?
A. 50-60 applicants
Q. What is the average GPA of those accepted into the program?
A. 3.4 to 4.0 GPA
Q. How many students do you admit (once per year)?
Q. Can I work during the program?
A. The average weekly time commitment may approach 60 hours per week. The first year of the program is didactic, there may be opportunity for you to work part-time.
Q. What type of ICU experience is best?
A. Critical care experience provides applicants with experience in interpretation of invasive monitors, titration of vasoactive infusions, management of ventilated patients, and care of acutely ill patients. Pediatric critical care experience will be considered. Operating Room, Emergency Department, cath lab and telemetry unit experience are not accepted as critical care experience. Flight nursing experience is accepted only if the applicant has prior ICU experience and actively manages patients on ventilators and vasoactive drips during transports.
Q. What is the average years of critical care experience of those accepted into the program?
A. 2 to 6 years
Q. How much RN work experience is required?
A. One year full time RN critical care experience in a US or Federal hospital in the last 5 years (COA requirement). CCRN is required by the time of the application deadline (this ensures that the applicant has the minimum COA requirement for critical care experience).
Q. Is there a part time study option?
A. No, only a full time program is offered.
Q. Is there a program track for persons who are not RN's? (this includes allied health professionals, MDs, etc)
Q. Can I apply if I am an associate degree nurse and still completing my BSN?
A. Yes, as long as you will finish your BSN by the end of the summer term in the year of your application deadline. You should include an additional note in your application regarding your expected BSN completion date. You must also update your transcript demonstrating completion of the BSN degree by the application deadline.
Q. Can I apply if my statistics grade is less than a B, and I am still in the process of retaking statistics?
A. You must successfully complete the course with a grade of B or higher by the application date.
Q. Do you offer a program for CRNAs who earned their certificate prior to the master's being required?
A. We do not offer a CRNA master’s completion program.
Q. What times are classes offered?
A. Nurse anesthesia classes are taught Monday to Friday during the day. Nursing core courses (non-nurse anesthesia courses) are offered in the evening and/or in an on-line format. Clinical courses are generally Monday through Friday. Students may be assigned call shifts (weekends, nights and holidays) beginning in the second year and during specialty rotations. The COA requires programs to provide emergent case experience which can usually be accomplished by call or off shifts.
Q. Are any courses online?
A. DNP core courses are offered in an on-line format. All of the nurse anesthesia didactic coursework is conducted in a classroom setting. All coursework will be taken within the 36-month program of study.
Q. Where will students do clinicals?
A. Students participate in clinical experiences at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Mount Carmel West Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, Knox Community Hospital, Adena Regional Medical Center, Circleville Berger Hospital, OhioHealth Doctor's Hospital, OhioHealth O' Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Med Central Hospital, and the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University, Springfield Regional Medical Center.
Students will administer anesthesia for patients of all ages with a variety of pre-existing conditions undergoing a full spectrum of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Clinical experiences include elective and emergent procedures, call experience, OB, cardiac, ICU, regional, pediatric and rural rotations.
The nurse anesthesia major is organized within the context of the Graduate Nursing Program, and builds on the generalist preparation of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Graduates of the program are awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and are eligible to take the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Examination (NCE) for initial recognition as a CRNA. The program meets or exceeds the COA's minimum academic and clinical requirements.
Q. Is there financial aid available?
A. Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office to learn about typical sources of graduate student financial aid. Limited funds are available through federally supported Professional Nurse Traineeships and Nurse Anesthesia Traineeships. The AANA Foundation awards more than 50 scholarships for nurse anesthesia students. Requirements for each scholarship and the amounts awarded vary.
Q. When do admission interviews usually occur?
A. In October prior to the May start of the program (example, interviews in the fall of 2019 will occur for a May 2020 start).
Q. What should I be prepared to discuss in the admission interview?
A. Applicants should anticipate that interviewers will ask a broad range of questions that attempt to elicit the applicant’s understanding of the nurse anesthetist’s role, motivation, goals and leadership potential as well as clinical knowledge. Clinical knowledge includes (but is not limited to) ventilator management, ABGs, vasoactive pharmacology, lab values, hemodynamics, cardiac, respiratory and neurophysiology. Questions will also focus around behavioral attributes such as emotional intelligence and handling criticism. Applicants are not just desired for academic and clinical abilities. Non-academic and non-clinical attributes such as behavioral skills, motivational qualities and adaptability characteristics are highly desired for success in the nurse anesthesia program.
Q. Do you accept any graduate transfer credit?
A. We accept up to 2 courses of graduate transfer credit. Syllabi are evaluated after admission to the program.
Q. Are there any classes I can take as a non- degree student status while waiting to hear if I am accepted to the program?
Q. Can I enter Otterbein as a graduate student in another major and transfer to the NA program?
A. No. Otterbein requires you to be admitted to the program you wish to major in, due to space availability. Changing of major into the NA program is not an option.
Q. Do you accept transfer students from other Nurse anesthesia programs?
A. Transfer requests are evaluated on an individual basis
Q. What is the attrition rate for your program?
A. The five year attrition rate for the program is 8% with 6.3% being for personal reasons (class of 2015 - 5%, 2016 - 15%, 2017 0%, 2018 0%, 2019 5%, 2020 0%). The national average for all nurse anesthesia program is around 10%. Attrition most commonly includes students who step out for personal reasons (illness, family situations, etc). The department does have a leave of absence policy in place for students. Attrition rates less commonly include students who leave due to academic misconduct, clinical failure and administrative dismissal due to rules violations.
Q. What is your employment rate for your most recent graduates?
A. 99% of graduates were offered and accepted employment within six months of graduation (1 graduate chose not to pursue the profession of nurse anesthesia after graduation).
Q. Does the program offer an in-program review for the certification exam?
A. Yes, there is an in-program practice certification exam and practice tests in the final year of the program. Students are also required to take the SEE exam twice during the program. This allows the student to identify areas of weaknesses and assist in preparation for the NCE.
Q. What is the first time pass rate for the National Certification Examination (NCE)?
A. The pass rate for the Class of 2018 was 100%. The program's five year average is 97%. The 2nd attempt pass rate is 99%. According to the NBCRNA (FY 2017), the national average first time pass rate is ~ 82%.
- 2018 - 100%
- 2017 - 100%
- 2016 - 100%
- 2015 - 95%
- 2014 - 94%
Q. Do you have an on-call list for applicants who are denied?
A. Applicants may be called from the on-call list up to the start of the program.
Q. If denied, can I reapply?
A. Yes, we review your file and make recommendations for strengthening your application. Faculty meet with you and make suggestions specific to your situation. We have had several first time denial applicants complete faculty suggestion activities, apply again and successfully obtain admission to the program.
Q. Can we meet faculty in preparation for applying to the program?
A. Yes. We welcome the opportunity to speak with individuals interested in applying to the program. Out of town applicants can request a conference call in lieu of a face-to-face meeting. Please contact the Program Director or Assistant Program director to schedule a meeting.