Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)

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 Director, 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice 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 comprises 93 credit hours, including the core graduate nursing courses, advanced physiology and pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, basic and advanced pharmacology and principles of anesthesiology.

In addition, this 36-month program includes a 33-month residency which allows graduate RN 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, allowing the individual to use Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) upon successful passage of the exam.
The synchronous online curriculum and in-person simulation and lab are designed to prepare nurses to provide anesthetic care for patients undergoing surgical and obstetrical procedures and provide pain relief in various health care settings. The graduate nurse anesthesia student works with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Anesthesiologists to provide assessment preoperatively and develop an anesthetic plan appropriate to the patient's physical and emotional status and the procedure that is anticipated. All current anesthetic modalities are taught and practiced by a student registered nurse anesthetist including neuraxial, peripheral nerve blockade, general, intravenous, and monitored anesthetic care under the supervision of both certified registered nurse anesthetists and physicians.
The program accepts registered nurses that can demonstrate a solid and current critical care experience and past academic success. Doctoral preparation and completion of the DNP project educate the practitioner to incorporate evidence-based practices into their daily anesthetic care. Graduates are prepared to implement research findings into their professional practice as nurse anesthesia caregivers, educators, and healthcare leaders.

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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 University of Akron Nurse Anesthesia Program was approved to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The program will interview the first class for the Post-BSN-DNP in October 2021 and  the cohort will begin in June, 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 synchronous online 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 14 core credits, 37 graduate DNP nursing courses and 42 credits of graduate anesthesia course work. 

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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Adjunct Faculty

Graduate Program in Nursing

Mary Gladwin Hall #214
Akron, Ohio 44325-3701
Phone: (330) 972-7555
Fax : (330) 972-5737

Associate Dean and Director, School of Nursing
Marlene Huff

Assistant Director, Graduate Programs 
Linda Shanks
(330) 972-6699

Program-specific faculty

Honors Program 
Chris Heifner Graor

Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing (NP)
Carolyn Sutter

Child & Adolescent Health Nursing (PNP)
Linda Kerr

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NP)
Chris Heifner Graor

Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)
Brian Radesic
Melody A. Betts
Sean Moore

Student Services Counselor
Susan Bradford