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Attrition, Graduation, Certification & Employment


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. Classes 2018-2022 had an attrition rate of 3%. The Class of 2022 had an attrition rate of 4%.


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. The 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 of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).  Every student receives a personalized study plan and advisement prior to graduation including materials, schedule, and study suggestions.  Graduates consistently have above national average pass rates. The 2023 NorthShore graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the certification examination for nurse anesthetists.


During clinical rotations, students network with the directors of anesthesia at our 18 clinical sites, and many seek employment there after graduation. Faculty advisors assist with letters of recommendation, placement, interview techniques, and application completion. Throughout the program, students are updated with job postings and CRNA placement agencies are invited to meet with students in their third year.

NorthShore graduates are highly recruited nationally and the majority have accepted a CRNA position prior to graduation. The Class of 2023 had a 100% employment rate within six months of graduation.