Application Deadline

September 1, 2018 for 2019 program start
Applications for summer 2020 start may be received after Sept 2, 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

2018 Class 1st Time NCE Pass Rate: 100%

Nurse Anesthetist Program

Students Benefit from Wide Array of Clinical Experiences in Nurse Anesthetist Program

Jason Edwards had a successful career as a critical care nurse and was living in a place that many people consider paradise – Hawaii. Yet he gave it all up and moved to Central Ohio’s unpredictable climate to attend the Otterbein University/Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia graduate program at Otterbein, a collaborative effort between Otterbein and Grant Medical Center.

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Otterbein University-OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program

Be the steady hand and sharp mind patients and physicians are expecting when administering anesthesia


  • Emphasis on strong clinical proficiency and individual professional development 
  • High board pass rates & low attrition rates,
  • Partnership between Otterbein University & Ohio Health Grant Medical Center
  • Regional clinical experience excellence
  • Combines lab simulated experience with a high volume of clinical cases and hours
  • Variety of clinical settings -  large metropolitan, pediatrics, Level 1 Trauma, rural etc.
  • Our alumni are highly sought-after
  • Anesthesia coursework in the Grant Medical Center education center, in residence, full time program.

The Otterbein University-Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia program provides a framework that prepares and develops knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurse anesthetists who are committed to excellence in health care, preserving the dignity and rights of patients, and advancing the specialty practice of nurse anesthesia.  

The CRNA role requires a unique combination of clinical and communication skills, academic ability and personal traits.  Our applicants are assessed during the admissions process to ensure they not only have the critical care knowledge, but also, the motivation to thrive in our program. The art of administering anesthesia is a delicate balancing act.  Therefore, it is important that our students and alumni have the ability to thrive in high-pressure situations in a variety of practice settings.  

We are proud of the successes of our students.  The attrition rate for the program is well below the national average and the board pass rates are well above the national average.  

Our alumni are sought after by hospitals and healthcare facilities across the nation because of their thorough preparation which includes the opportunity for repeated clinical experiences of nurse anesthesia skills during the program.  

Your Experience at Otterbein

The Nurse Anesthesia courses are taught primarily at Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus with clinical sites located throughout central and rural Ohio.  You will thrive in our state-of-the-art facilities located in Grant Medical Center. We ensure you are prepared before entering the clinical experience through simulation and the opportunity to study and practice with your classmates. Our program directors have an open door policy and their offices are at the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center.

When you first begin in our program, you will notice something unique – a focus on character that is as important as your clinical skillset. We believe you need to be prepared for the pressures that come with this career. In addition to the focus on the science and application of anesthesia, we spend time focusing on behavior, emotional intelligence, and the ability to accept constructive criticism. You will read and discuss literature covering emotional intelligence and other characteristics that employer’s desire.   You will be challenged to take on pressure situations with grace, precision, and a steady hand.

When you complete our nurse anesthesia program, you will be prepared to take on the responsibility of being a well-rounded, strong team member alongside your health care colleagues.


The program holds a 10 year accreditation from The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Avenue  Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001
Phone: (847-655-1160)
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The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May of 2022. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May of 2019. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at 614-566-8879 (Tina Hugley, Program Coordinator).  Applications for this first cohort of entry level DNP students will be received by September 1st, 2018 with subsequent applicant interviews in October of 2018.



Post Masters Nursing Anesthesia Certificate

  • Admission Criteria

  • Application Process

  • Sample Course Grid

  • Faculty and Staff

  • Nurse Anesthesia FAQs

  • Cost of Program

  • Transfer Credit and Credit for Prior Learning

  • Residence Requirement

  • Program Completion

  • Application Forms

  • Post Masters Transfer Credit Information Sheet

  • Application Deadline

  • Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Preparation for Interview Guide