Nurse Anesthesia


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The Program

The OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program prepares registered nurses to become advanced practitioners in the field of anesthesia where they administer general and regional anesthesia to surgical and obstetric patients. Students earn a Doctor of Nursing degree upon completion of the 36 month program. Most courses are offered face to face on campus. Core courses may be offered as on-line or hybrid format.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program educates registered nurses with critical care experience to the advanced practice specialty of anesthesia. The program provides nurse anesthesia students with a solid foundation in scientific knowledge, clinical skills, and professional accountability. Students develop the knowledge and skills to deliver safe anesthesia care using sound clinical judgment to diverse patients across the lifespan.

Goals of the Nurse Anesthesia Program:

  • Provide a positive and supportive learning environment with a focus on meeting the needs of adult learners.
  • Prepare the professional nurse in the art and science of anesthesia.
  • Meet the societal need for safe and competent anesthesia care.

DNP Outcomes:

Upon completion of the DNP degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate readiness to enter clinical practice via specialty competencies with the appropriate scientific knowledge, and considerations for its application to practice.
  • Apply ethical principles along with the standards of professional conduct to clinical care, research, and education.
  • Evaluate emerging healthcare systems and policy that influence delivery of cost effective patient care.
  • Generate entry level practice scholarship through the completion of a clinical practice improvement project based on the principles of improvement science.
  • Model interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve individual and/or population health outcomes.
  • Identify and address gaps in professional knowledge through ongoing reflection to support the principle of life-long learning.

The 36 month program of study is rigorous and highly clinically focused. In the first year, students receive a firm foundation in basic anesthesia science along with weekly laboratory sessions in our state of the art clinical simulation center. The second year incorporates clinical rotations designed to expose the student to a variety of anesthesia experiences. Students will also complete a scholarly project during this time. The third year is designed to be a clinical immersion with experiences that include a broad range of practice settings and specialty practice.

Specialty Outcomes:

Upon completion of the OHSU Nurse Anesthesia Program, the graduate will also be able to:

  • Deliver safe and culturally competent anesthesia care to patients of all ages and physical conditions.
  • Develop and implement anesthesia management throughout the perianesthetic continuum using a variety of current anesthesia techniques, agents and equipment.
  • Apply knowledge to practice in decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence.
  •  Interact on a professional level with integrity using appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written communication in the delivery of perianesthetic care.


The Oregon Health &Science University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to October 2028.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001

Main Number: 847-655-1160

Outcome Data for the graduating Class of 2018

  • Attrition rate: 0%
  • National Certification Exam 1st time pass rate: 100%
  • Employment as Nurse Anesthetists within 6 months of graduation: 100%

Outcome Data 2008 –2018

  • Graduation Rate: From 2008 through 2018, 124 of 131 (95%) students admitted have completed the program.
  • NCE Pass Rate
    • 1st time taker pass rate from 2008 through 2018 is 91.1%. 113 of the 124 graduates passed the NCE on their 1st attempt.
    •  Overall pass rate from 2008 is 100%. 131 of the 131 graduates passed the NCE.
  • Employment rate within 6 months of graduation: 100% of the graduates of the program have been employed as a nurse anesthetist.
Student Learning Outcomes For This Program

The general competencies that must be met for the master of nursing for the AGACNP, FNP, HSOL, MNE, NA, NMW, PNP and PMHNP programs are:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge in the science of a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Use emerging information and health technologies to access current research and health care data to improve patient care.
  3. Make sound, culturally appropriate and ethically grounded clinical judgments based on critical analysis of the best available evidence.
  4. Demonstrate the leadership skills that are essential for influencing policy and organizational systems for improving patient outcomes.

At the completion of the OHSU School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia program, the graduates will demonstrate the following competencies in addition to the Master of Nursing for Advanced Practice program competencies:

  1. Demonstrate safe patient care with an emphasis on continual quality improvement throughout the perianesthetic period.
  2. Provide individualized, culturally sensitive perianesthetic management.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills during the perianesthetic period to ensure high-quality patient care.
  4. Use effective communication skills and technologies to provide collaborative perianethesia care.
  5. Integrate professional leadership skills in the delivery of perianesthetic care.
  6. Synthesize relevant, current scientific knowledge and evidence-based research findings into practice.
  7. Employ advocacy strategies to influence health care policy.

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For program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.