Application Deadline

September 1, 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

2016 Class Pass Rate for Certification Exam: 100%

Class of 2016 averages

Case numbers - 956
Clinical Hours - 2890
Peripheral Nerve Blocks - 124
Arterial Lines - 57
Central Lines - 14
Spinals - 25
Epidurals - 47
Fiberoptic Airway - 18
Glidescope Airway - 71
Ultrasound Experience with lines and peripheral nerve blocks

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/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 & Grant Medical Center
  • Regional clinical experience opportunities
  • Combines lab simulated experience with a high volume of clinical cases and hours
  • Variety of clinical settings -  large metropolitan, children's, Level 1 Trauma, rural etc.
  • Our alumni are highly sought-after
  • Anesthesia coursework in 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 anesthesia nursing.  

The CRNA role requires a unique combination of clinical and communication skills, academic ability and personal traits.  Our applicants are assessed during the admission's 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 & 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 in the Grant Education 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.


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