Otterbein University and Grant Medical Center Initiate New Nurse Anesthesia Program


Otterbein University and Grant Medical Center Initiate New Nurse Anesthesia Program
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Otterbein University and Grant Medical Center have received accreditation for their collaborative Nurse Anesthesia Program by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program has also been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.Headed by Elizabeth Seibert, PhD, CRNA, the nurse anesthesia program will expand Otterbein’s graduate nursing programs and will help Grant meet an increasing demand for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Otterbein and Grant embarked on the effort to establish the nurse anesthesia program 18 month ago and forged a strong team to develop the program. The two institutions have a long history of collaborating on nursing education, first as part of Grant’s diploma nursing program and more recently as a clinical site for Otterbein’s undergraduate program.

Under the guidance of Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, Brad Getz, MD, Medical Director of Grant Anesthesia Services, Donna Hanly, BSN, MBA, RN, Grant Chief Nursing Officer and Barb Schaffner, PhD, RN, Chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Seibert was recruited as program director in June 2009. Brian Garrett, MSN, CRNA, was subsequently recruited as Assistant Director. Otterbein nursing faculty and CRNAs and anesthesiologists from Grant have actively participated in developing the program.

The seven semester program prepares Registered Nurses to administer anesthesia for patients of all ages undergoing all types of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Upon completion, students will receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. A post-master’s certificate program is available for applicants with a previous nursing master’s. Following satisfactory completion of all clinical and didactic requirements, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution, a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, and at least 1 year of critical care experience. The first group of 12 students began classes on June 14, 2010. Subsequent classes will accept 15-20 students and begin in January each year.

Information about the program is available on Otterbein University’s website and on the OhioHealth website under Medical Education. An information packet can be obtained from Dorothy Crider, MS, RN, Otterbein University Nursing Admissions Counselor (; 614-823-3210).