Otterbein Ranked Top Program for Nurse Anesthesia

Posted Sep 07, 2020

The Otterbein University-OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia (NA) program was named the top nurse anesthesia program in Ohio by  

“Being the newest NA program on the list for the state of Ohio, we could not be prouder of the NA program, it’s faculty, staff and students,” said Barb Schaffner, associate provost for graduate studies. “We look forward to future years of success in providing high quality professional nurse anesthetists to the health care consumers of Ohio.” 

The Otterbein University-OhioHealth 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 and advancing the specialty practice of nurse anesthesia. Students complete their curriculum in the state-of-the-art facilities located in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, thus ensuring they are prepared before entering the workforce through simulation and the opportunity to study and practice at a medical center. 

“The unique collaboration Otterbein has with OhioHealth has proven to be a successful model that has prompted interest across the country. It is the expertise of our faculty and the program’s intentional emphasis on developing a positive and professional culture for learning that has truly made the difference,” said Schaffner. 

According to their website, is a comprehensive online resource for current and future nursing students, as well as recent graduates seeking licensure and full-time employment. Their free, data-driven guides and program rankings spotlight the top undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in the country. 

Otterbein’s ranking on highlighted the NA program’s high percentage of first-time pass rates of program graduates, averaging at around 93%. The profile continues by detailing how “students must also be able to demonstrate a high level of competency regarding safety and management of anesthetic principles and techniques.” 

Read Otterbein’s full profile and see the rankings on the NurseJournal website