The School reserves the right to recommend the withdrawal or dismissal of a nurse anesthesia student whose health, conduct, academic, or clinical performance is below the School standards. This decision will be made, with faculty consensus, at any time during the program and with consideration of the student involved, the school, and the public community. The Class of 2008-2012 had an average attrition rate of 7.74%.


A student who successfully completes the  program will receive a Diploma in Nurse Anesthesia from NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia and a  Doctor of Nursing Practice from DePaul University.  Graduation date will be extended for students who exceed the allowable time off or who fail to meet all of the residency objectives/requirements by the scheduled deadline.


Graduates are eligible to take the Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).   

The 2008-2012 NorthShore graduates had a 93% first time pass rate on the certification examination for nurse anesthetists; the national first time pass rate was 89% for the same time period.

First Time Pass Rates:

2008      2009      2010      2011      2012
100%     89%       100%     100%     74%


NorthShore graduates are highly recruited nationally and the majority have accepted a CRNA position prior to graduation.  The Class of 2012 had a 100% employment rate within six months of graduation.

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