Wayne State University

Why choose WSU

Leadership in Nurse Anesthesia Education

Recognizing the future need for advanced education, the leadership achieved the following to prepare the future generation of anesthesia providers. The first of such achievements occurred in 1972 with the approval to expand the program from the certificate level to a baccalaureate degree program. The second accomplishment occurred in 1984 when the program received approval to expand the curriculum to offer a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia. Recognizing the need for specialty education in anesthesia practice and research preparation of graduates, collaborative efforts with several academic departments resulted in the following educational opportunities for our graduates.

The program collaborated with Children's Hospital of Michigan to develop a curriculum for nurse anesthetists that would mirror their existing residency fellowship program. In 2001, Wayne State University approved the program’s request to offer a post-masters certificate in Pediatric Anesthesia. Today, more than 12 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) make up a cohesive team of anesthesiologists and CRNAs, and Children's Hospital of Michigan is one of our clinical sites for our students.

A similar collaborative approach was used with the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physiology departments to offer a track for our graduates to pursue a research degree in pharmacology or physiology. Two of our graduates have completed their PhD in the Department of Physiology in the School of Medicine. The dedicated faculty are instrumental in helping the program achieve these milestones, and as such, we are proud to be ranked as one of the top 20 graduate nurse anesthesia programs in the nation by US News and World Report.

To get a sense of the uniqueness of the field of nurse anesthesia, watch this video, which explores why registered nurses are drawn to a career in nurse anesthesia practice and why they chose the Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia program. In addition, many dedicated faculty share their commitment to our students' success and several students tell stories about how they explored the benefits of the role of nurse anesthetists with their future goals.