Q. How long is the program?
A. 27 months, seven semesters
Q. How often do you admit?
A. Once per year in January
Q. How many applicants apply to the program each year?
A. 70 to 90 applicants
Q. How many applicants are interviews each year?
A. 45 to 55 applicants
Q. What is the average GPA of those accepted into the the program?
A. 3.2 to 4.0 GPA
Q. How many students do you admit?
A. 15 to 20
Q. Can I work during the program?
A. Due to the extensive time commitment, it is very difficult, if not impossible to work even on a part time basis during the program. The average weekly time commitment may approach 60 hours per week.
Q. What type of ICU experience is best?
A. Critical care experience provides applicants with experience in interpretation of invasive monitors, titration of vasoactive infusions, management of ventilated patients, and care of acutely ill patients (should be frequently part of your daily care given to patients). Pediatric critical care experience will be considered. Operating room, PACU, emergency room, cath lab and telemetry unit experience are not accepted as critical care experience.
Q. What is the average years of critical care experience of those accepted into the program?
A. 2 to 6 years
Q. How much RN work experience is required?
A. One year full time RN critical care experience in a US or Federal hospital in the last 5 years. CCRN is required by the time of application.
Q. Is there a part time study option?
A. No, only a full time program is offered.
Q. Is there a track for associate degree nurses?
Q. Is there a program track for persons who are not RN's? (this includes allied health professionals, MDs, etc)
Q. Can I apply if I am an associate degree nurse and still completing my BSN?
A. Yes, as long as you will finish your BSN by the end of the spring term in the year of your application deadline. You should include an additional note in your application regarding your expected BSN completion date.
Q. Can I apply if my statics grade is less than a B, and I am still in the process of retaking statistics?
A. You must submit proof of enrollment in a statistics course upon application and must successfully complete the course with a grade of B or higher by the start of the program. Failure to meet this requirement will prevent matriculation into the program and you will lose your seat (will need to reapply).
Q. Which type of nursing master's degrees do you accept for the post master's NA program?
A. Applicants for the post-master’s certificate must have a previous Master’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program. Other Master’s degrees are not accepted.
Q. Do you offer a program for CRNAs who earned their certificate prior to the master's being required?
A. We do not offer a CRNA master’s completion program.
Q. What times are classes offered?
A. Nurse anesthesia classes are taught Monday to Friday during the day. Nursing core courses are offered in the evening and/or in an on-line format. Clinical courses are generally Monday through Friday. Student may be assigned call shifts beginning in the second year and during specialty rotations.
Q. Are any courses online?
A. Four of the nursing core courses are offered in an on-line format.
Q. Where will students do clinicals?
A. Students participate in clinical experiences at Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Marion General Hospital, Knox Community Hospital, Fairview Hospital, St. Ann's Hospital, Marion Area Health Center, Adena Medical Center, Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center, Lima Memorial Hospital and the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University. Students will administer anesthesia for patients of all ages with a variety of pre-existing conditions undergoing a full spectrum of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Clinical experiences include elective and emergent procedures, a call experience, OB, cardiac, ICU, regional, pediatric and rural rotations.
The nurse anesthesia major is organized within the context of the Graduate Nursing Program, and builds on the generalist preparation of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Graduates of the program are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and are eligible to take the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA) National Certification Examination for initial recognition as a CRNA. The program meets or exceeds the COA's minimum academic requirements.
Q. Is there financial aid available?
A. Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office to learn about typical sources of graduate student financial aid. Limited funds are available through federally supported Professional Nurse Traineeships and Nurse Anesthesia Traineeships. The AANA Foundation awards more than 50 scholarships for nurse anesthesia students. Requirements for each scholarship and the amounts awarded vary.
Q. When do admission interviews usually occur?
A. February to March, prior to the start of the program in the following January.
Q. What should I be prepared to discuss in the admission interview?
A. Applicants should anticipate that interviewers will ask a broad range of questions that attempt to elicit the applicant’s understanding of the nurse anesthetist’s role, motivation, goals and leadership potential as well as clinical knowledge.
Q. Do you accept any graduate transfer credit?
A. We accept up to 2 courses of graduate transfer credit. Syllabi are evaluated after admission to the program.
Q. Are there any classes I can take as a non degree student while waiting to hear if I am accepted to the program?
A. Not at this time.
Q. Can I enter Otterbein as a graduate student in another major and transfer to the NA program?
A. No, Otterbein requires you to be admitted to the program you wish to major in, due to space availability. Changing of major into the NA program is not an option.
Q. Do you accept transfer students from other Nurse anesthesia programs?
A. Transfer requests are evaluated on an individual basis
Q. What is the attrition rate for your program?
A. The attrition rate for the most recent graduating class (2013) was 18%.
Q. What is your employment rate for your most recent graduates?
A. 100% of graduates were offered and accepted employment within six months of graduation.
Q. Does the program offer an in-program review for the certification exam?
A. Yes, there is an in-program certification exam and practice test in the final semester of the program.
Q. What is the first time pass rate for the National Certification Examination (NCE)?
A. The pass rate for the class of 2012 was 87%. The pass rate for the class of 2013 was 78%. The pass rate within six months of graduation was 100%.
Q. Do you have an on-call list for applicants who are denied?
A. Applicants may be called from the on-call list up to two weeks prior to the program start.
Q. If denied, can I reapply?