Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

Congratulations to the Class of 2020
97.2% first-time pass rate

Contact: Susan Bradford
Phone: 330-972-7555
E-mail: sb14@uakron.edu

Program Overview

  • Brian Radesic, DNP, MSN, CRNA - Director Nurse Anesthesia Track
  • Melody Betts, DNP, MSN, CRNA  Associate Professor of Instruction

About the university and the School of Nursing

We offer a Nurse Anesthesia Program that prepares Registered Nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Successful completion of the program leads to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and graduates are eligible to take the certification examination. The nurse anesthesia curriculum is comprised of 59 credit hours which include the core graduate nursing courses, advanced physiology and pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, basic and advanced pharmacology and principles of anesthesiology.

In addition, this 27-month program includes a 24-month residency which allows students to gain the clinical practice required by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs and needed to provide quality anesthesia care. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination that, upon completion, allows the individual to use the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The curriculum is designed to prepare nurses to provide anesthesia care for patients undergoing surgical and obstetrical procedures and to provide pain relief in a variety of health care settings. The graduate nurse anesthesia resident works with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Anesthesiologists to provide assessment preoperatively and to develop an anesthetic plan appropriate to the physical and emotional status of the patient and the procedure that is anticipated. The nurse anesthesia resident then administers the anesthetic in a form such as general, regional, or local anesthesia with sedation and physiological monitoring. Working with clinical preceptors, the resident provides anesthesia care and monitoring during the perioperative period.

The program accepts registered nurses that are able to demonstrate a strong and current adult critical care experience. Graduates are prepared to implement research findings into their professional practice as nurse anesthesia care givers, educators, and leaders in health care.

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How to apply

The Graduate Application must be completed online. Questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate School at 330-972-7663. All additional application materials, including official transcripts, letters of recommendation, CCRN Certification and supplemental materials are to be mailed to:

The University of Akron
Graduate School
Akron, Ohio 44325-2101

All application materials must be received by the August 1. Once accepted into the School of Nursing Graduate Program, candidates may begin taking core classes and will be eligible to interview for the nurse anesthesia program in October. Students admitted into the nurse anesthesia program will begin anesthesia course work in June of the following year.

About the Nurse Anesthesia Program

Accrediting Agency

Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Address:  222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL  60068-4010

PH: 847-655-1160

Website: www.coacrna.org

Accreditation status: Date of last review 2016.  Date of next review 2024.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May of 2021 pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in June of 2022. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting (Susan Bradford, Student Services Counselor) at 330-972-7555 or email sb14@uakron.edu   Applications for this first cohort of entry level DNP students will be received by August 1, 2021 with subsequent applicant interviews in October of 2021.

Mission & Philosophy


Admission Requirements for the Nurse Anesthesia Program



The curriculum follows a predominantly integrated didactic format. The majority of the first year focuses on didactic work with approximately 20 hours/week in clinical experiences. The curriculum consists of 17 credits of core graduate nursing course work and 42 credits of graduate anesthesia course work. During the last 15 months of the program, students are in the clinical setting four days per week with one day of didactic content.

The curriculum affords the student the opportunity to gain experience in all types and techniques of anesthesia care including regional anesthesia administration and invasive line placement. Students function as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team to provide anesthesia nursing care to a variety of patient populations. The curriculum includes the following courses:

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