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The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate program in Nursing is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
The nurse anesthesia program confers a Post-Masters Graduate Certificate for students entering with a M.S.N., but will be moving to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the fall of 2018 pending approval from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. All students accepted into the program prior to 2018 will be allowed to complete their plan of study in the Post-Masters Graduate Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia program.
Applicants interested in applying for admission to the program for the fall of 2018 will most likely be applying to the DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program.
The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia is a program of full-time study that prepares nurses as specialists in anesthesia care. As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. Clinical core and specialty courses, including clinical internships, are the same as the MSN nurse anesthesia program. These courses, along with the 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. Upon completion of the 42-credit, 28-month post-master’s graduate certificate program, the nurse is prepared to take the certification exam offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, leading to the designation CRNA.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the deadline listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
All applicants to this program are admitted for the fall semester only. The application deadlines are:
- September 15 for the following fall semester
- International students: September 15 for the following fall semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Two School of Nursing Supplemental Application forms: one for the School of Nursing and one for the Nurse Anesthesia program
- Requirements for recommendations:
The two recommendations must be from healthcare professionals (prefer letters from nurses in leadership/education) who are able to attest to the applicant’s nursing skills and/or abilities. Program applicants must have one recommendation from their current nurse manager.
- Professional statement of 500 to 1,000 words. The statement should focus on career goals after completion of the program, how recent clinical experiences have prepared them for advanced practice role, and plans for professional development. The professional statement will be evaluated on content and appropriate use of grammar, style, spelling and rhetoric.
- Proof of BLS,ACLS, PALS, and CCRN certification.
- Applicants for admission to the Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia program must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Proof of current unrestricted Registered Nurse License in the United States or its territories.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate physical assessment course.
- Undergraduate physiology and pathophysiology courses must be within seven years of applying to the program. Undergraduate anatomy, pharmacology and either organic chemistry or biochemistry must be within 10 years of applying to the program. Grades in each of these courses must be at or above a 3.0.
- A minimum of one year of experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse is to have 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 (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. The critical care area includes intensive care units. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience must have occurred within two years of the application deadline. Emergency room, recovery room and step-down units typically do not satisfy the ICU requirement. This experience must be completed at the time of application.
- Qualified applicants will be selected to attend an interview and complete a brief evaluation of their critical care nursing knowledge and skills.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, professional statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.