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On June 13, 2017 the Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia was granted full accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as the degree for entry into practice. The program’s next review by the COA is scheduled for March 2022.
Visit the website http://coacrna.org or contact the COA directly at 847-655-1160 or via 222 S. Prospect Ave. Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/ master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Oakland University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is a collaborative initiative between Oakland University and the nationally renowned Beaumont Health System. Working in concert, both institutions are able to provide an exceptional educational environment for educating Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program prepares advanced practice nurses (APRNs) with a specialization in nurse anesthesia. The curriculum is an integration of DNP, APRN, and nurse anesthesia specialty courses. Students study advanced physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and gross anatomical dissection in cognate courses. Clinical internships provide the opportunity for students to apply theory to practice, gain experience in all specialty areas and to become experts capable of providing anesthesia care to patients across the lifespan at all levels of acuity, undergoing procedures of varying complexity. Graduates are prepared in the translation of research and other evidence into clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes, and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. The DNP is capable of addressing the critical leadership skills needed to translate evidence-based care into practice, change systems of care, and measure outcomes of groups of patients, populations, and communities.
After 36 months of full-time study, graduates are prepared to take the certification examination offered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists leading to the designation CRNA..
The DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program is delivered in hybrid format, which includes face-to-face (in-person) and online courses. Courses that are offered online may include synchronous and in-person activities. Courses offered in-person frequently include a distance learning format.
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program objectives
Building on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the BSN to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia program will prepare the student for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The DNP graduate will:
- Integrate scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to develop, identify, evaluate, and disseminate best practices to improve health care and health care systems.
- Lead organizations and systems to enhance quality and safety to improve patient, population, and organizational outcomes.
- Employ data analytic methods, information systems, and technology to evaluate, integrate, and translate evidence to improve programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems.
- Lead and influence health policy to reduce health disparities, encourage cultural sensitivity, and promote access to quality care while advocating for social justice and equity at the system, state, national, and international levels.
- Use models of interprofessional collaboration to enhance patient and population health outcomes.
- Provide the highest level of ethical, patient-family-centered care as a scholar in nursing specialty practice.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in NursingCAS 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:
- August 15 for admission to the fall semester of the following year
- International students: August 15 for admission to the fall semester of the following year (see additional requirements below)
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
Applicants do not submit an online Oakland University Graduate Application. A completed application and required materials must be submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Information and instructions for applying through the NursingCAS can be found at the School of Nursing website.
Additional department application requirements submitted through NursingCAS
- BSN from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Undergraduate cumulative Nursing GPA must be a 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
- Undergraduate science GPA must be a 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
- Undergraduate required science courses:
- Anatomy and physiology- 3 credits each course
- Pharmacology- 3 credits
- Biochemistry OR Organic chemistry-3 credits
- A minimum of 1 year of Intensive Care experience at the time of application. Applicants must currently be working in an Intensive Care Unit.
- Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license. Michigan license is required at the start of the program.
- Two satisfactory letters of recommendation are required. One must be from a current nurse manager or someone who serves in a legitimate supervisory role.
- BLS, ACLS, PALS, and CCRN certification at the time of application
- International students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (www.oakland.edu/grad) to determine what additional documentation is required for admission eligibility.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, professional statements, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses, and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
Qualified applicants will be selected to attend an interview and complete a brief evaluation of their critical care nursing knowledge and skills.