This brand new CRNA Program is worth looking into!
Otterbein University &
Grant Medical Center
Nurse Anesthesia Program
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Brian Garrett, DNP, MSN, RN, CRNA, Program Director
ph: (614) 823-1326
tf: (888) 749-8550
fax: (614) 823-3131
Dorothy Crider Fleming MS, RN
Graduate Nursing Admission Counselor
Office: (614) 823-3272
Fax: (614) 823-3131
Tina Hugley – Program Administrator
28 months, full time
71 semester hours
September 1 – make sure to get your application in early, if they get enough applicants before the deadline, they will fill positions and close the application early.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Otterbein University.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rate. Tuition at most schools increases each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is 5% to 15% higher than what is shown here.
Cost of Tuition: $67,786
*Fees and expenses: $4,184
Grand Total: $71,970
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
Number of Applicants
Over 100 applicants per year, 50-60 applicants are interviewed.
When did this CRNA Program begin?
May 20, 2010, Otterbein University, with Grant Medical Center received initial accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Otterbein University and Grant Medical Center’s Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
The nurse anesthetist program at Otterbein University/ Grant Medical center is “front-loaded.” The first two semesters are entirely didactic (with observational time in the OR), providing a theoretical foundation that prepares students to enter clinical practice in the third semester.
Six graduate nursing core courses are interspersed throughout the curriculum so that nurse anesthesia students can interact with students from other MSN majors. After the fourth semester, didactic coursework decreases and students’ clinical time commitment increases, allowing students to concentrate on applying theory to practice. If you so choose, you can take these six courses before starting the Nurse Anesthesia track.
Nurse anesthesia classes are taught Monday to Friday during the day. Nursing core courses are offered in the evening and/or in an online format.
Clinical sites are currently at Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Mount Carmel West Hospital, Marion General Hospital, Knox Community Hospital, Adena Medical Center, Ohio Health Doctor’s West Hospital, Ohio Health O’ Bleness Hospital, Ohio Health Med Central Hospital, and the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University.
Beginning in the third semester, students will be in clinical 3 days a week. 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 and pediatric rotations.
The program anticipates adding additional clinical sites in the future.
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CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an institution that is accredited regionally and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and/or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
You may apply if you are an associate degree nurse and are in the process of completing your BSN, as long as you will finish your BSN before the program coursework starts.
Master’s degree in nursing is required if applying for the post master’s certificate.
Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse. You will need an unrestricted Ohio license at least one semester prior to clinical coursework.
Minimum of one (1) year full-time experience as a registered nurse in a critical care unit within the last 3 years. (Average 2-6 years)
Acceptable critical care experience provides applicants with experience in:
- Interpretation of invasive monitors
- Titration of vasoactive infusions
- Management of ventilated patients
- Care of acutely ill patients
Pediatric critical care experience will be considered. Flight nursing experience is accepted only if the applicant has prior ICU experience and actively manages patients on ventilators and vasoactive drips during transports.
They do not accept:
- Operating Room
- Emergency Department
- Cath Lab
- Telemetry Unit
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for undergraduate coursework. A blended undergraduate science course GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. (Average 3.2-4.0)
GRE is required by the application deadline for applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.5.
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- Statistics (grade of B or better)
It is recommended that you spend a minimum of one day observing a practicing CRNA or anesthesiologist in the Operating Room.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #35 for the 2015 graduating class.
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Otterbein University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 06/2016. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 05/2026.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Otterbein University
- First-time test takers: 100% (Class of 2016)
- National Average: 84.5% (Class of 2016)
0% (Class of 2017)
100% (Class of 2016)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Ohio
Ohio CRNA salaries are slightly below the national average around $157k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $173,129 (according to a 2016 study)
- Rural average: $174,214
- Metropolitan average: $164,148
- Suburban average: $156,630
- Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I be prepared to discuss in the admission interview
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.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
The average weekly time commitment may approach 60 hours a week.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Due to the extensive time commitment, it is very difficult, if not impossible to work even on a part-time basis during the program.
Do they accept any graduate transfer credit?
They accept up to 2 courses of graduate transfer credit. Syllabi are evaluated after admission to the program.
Do they accept transfer students from other Nurse Anesthesia programs?
Transfer requests are evaluated on an individual basis
Once I’m accepted, how can I best prepare for the CRNA Program?
Students admitted to cohort have a full year to complete all six core nursing courses if they desire. This will allow the student more time to focus on nurse anesthesia courses and clinical rotations during the program. According to current students, taking these courses before entering full-time into the nurse anesthesia program substantially decreases student stress.
All information given on this site about Otterbein University’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
*This page was updated November 7th, 2017*
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