Why choose WSU

Leadership in nurse anesthesia education

Toleka Taylor
Read about Toleka Taylor's WSU experience.

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. In fall 2019, the program evolved once again to its current form: The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) degree program.

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-master's 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. Currently, the program has partnered with the School of Medicine Pharmacology Department offering nurse anesthesia students and graduates a unique opportunity to pursue a PhD in pharmacology. 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 25 graduate nurse anesthesia programs in the nation by U.S. 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.

A premier university in the heart of Detroit

As Michigan's only urban research university, Wayne State is known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful community engagement. Here are a few ways we stand out: 

  • More than $350 million awarded to WSU students annually in federal, state, institutional and private aid through scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.  
  • Significant opportunities for experiential learning and clinical practice at major health systems and urban community organizations within walking distance of campus.
  • A partner with U-M and MSU in the University Research Corridor, which generates 95% of research in Michigan. 
  • Lowest undergraduate resident tuition among the state's three research universities. 
  • Ranked in the top 1.4% of universities worldwide. 
  • One of the nation's 50 largest public universities. 
  • Awarded the highest rankings for research and community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation.  
  • Offering a culturally rich, well-rounded, diverse educational experience in the heart of Detroit. 
  • More than 500 student organizations promoting camaraderie and hands-on experience beyond the classroom. 

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