Why UM-Flint

An advanced degree with clear advantages

Widely recognized and respected for the quality of its graduates, the DNAP Completion Program at UM-Flint prepares you to become an exceptional leader ready to advance your practice while advancing patient care. Discover what sets our program and our graduates apart.

Flexible Format

The majority of DNAP coursework is completed online, allowing working CRNAs to finish their degree while remaining employed full-time in a clinical setting. Whether you’re located close by, in another region, or even another state, you’ll be able to complete your advanced degree with minimal or no campus visits. Also, you have the flexibility to pursue your interests and direct your course of study. The program allows you to customize your degree from a variety of specialty areas such as business administration, education, healthcare systems, advanced pathophysiology/pathology, or other approved field of study.

YOUR DEGREE AT YOUR PACE

Flexible degree plans map out a course for degree completion in as little as two to three years. Part-time enrollment flexibility allows you to complete the degree at your own pace, with the option to earn your DNAP within six years. Small classes mean you’ll have the undivided attention of faculty and medical professionals at the forefront of their fields. DNAP faculty remain available and accessible to mentor and support you online as well as in person.

DUAL ADVANCED DEGREES

CRNAs interested in pursuing leadership roles in business and/or healthcare administration have the option to combine a DNAP degree with a Master of Business Administration earned through UM-Flint’s highly respected School of Management. Our dual-degree program allows you to earn both degrees simultaneously, with certain courses counting toward both programs. Click here to learn more.

PREPARE TO LEAD

You’ll emerge from the DNAP Completion Program well prepared to enter higher-level management positions within a healthcare system, or to develop and manage an independent business such as a locum tenens agency or anesthesia consulting/management business. The DNAP additionally provides excellent preparation for CRNAs looking to enter higher education administration or teach at an advanced level.

APPLIED KNOWLEDGE

The DNAP program culminates with a scholarly project that allows you to apply the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained in your courses to designing, implementing, analyzing, and disseminating a real-world project. You’ll see the relevant application of your DNAP education right away. 

COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM

The program’s in-depth curriculum exceeds requirements set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Rigorous and well-rounded coursework thoroughly prepares you for a leadership role, as well as for the challenges of your field and specialization.

YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

Along with the guidance of faculty, you’ll have the support of a small cohort of students who enter and complete the program alongside you. You’ll develop close connections with your classmates who share your journey and your passion for excellence in patient care. 

Accreditation

The University of Michigan-Flint is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The next Higher Learning Commission comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2019/2020. The Anesthesia Program is further accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068; ph. (847) 655-1160. The next COA accreditation review will occur in 2024.

The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has been fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Michigan Association of State Universities to admit and enroll students to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program beginning in Fall 2018.

Complete listing of Accredited Anesthesia Programs

Courses

DEGREE Requirements (32 CREDITS)
Core courses (16 credits)

Practice inquiry (3 credits)
ANE 730 - Evidenced-Based Practice of Nurse Anesthesia

Professional Role/Leadership (3 credits). One from:
NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory
ANE 601 - Administrative Organization and Behavior
MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior

Healthcare Improvement, Public and Social Policy (3 credits). One from:
HCR 505/ANE 605 - Health Policy
ANE 687 - Legal Issues in Health Care
NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics

Technology and Informatics (2 credits). One from:
ANE 710 - Technology and Informatics for CRNA
NUR 607 - Informatics

Health Systems Management (3 credits). One from:
ANE 611 - Economic Applications in Health Administration
ANE 625 - Contemporary Issues in Health Care Management
ANE 677 - Financial Management in Health Care

Ethics (2 credits)
ANE 720 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia

(DNAP students need 2 cr.; DNAP/MBA students need 3 cr. total)

Cognates (9 credits)
Must include a graduate-level methods course specific to the student’s capstone project. Remaining cognate courses selected in consultation with advisor from specific area of interest (e.g., business, education, healthcare administration, etc.)
Capstone sequence (7 credits)
Demonstrated acquisition of advanced knowledge through a project tailored to reflect scholarship in core or elective areas. The form the project assumes will be determined in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.
ANE 801 - Scholarly Project I
ANE 802 - Scholarly Project II
ANE 803 - Scholarly Project III
 
  • An overall cumulative grade point average of B or better in all required courses, with a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course. Dissemination of the results of the capstone project. Acceptable methods of dissemination include submission for poster presentation at a state or national (preferred) level professional association meeting, submission of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal, or oral presentation in a research/professional symposium. Other methods require the approval of the program director. 
  • Maintained licensure as a Registered Nurse in at least one state and certification or recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Time Limit to Complete Degree: A student must complete all work toward the program within six consecutive years from the date of first admission to the program. Students may, however, request or petition for an extension of this time limit. Approval of the extension is at the discretion of the program director, in consultation with program faculty.

Transfer of Credit

Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director. Requests for transferring coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director. The program faculty reviews petitions.

The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has been fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Michigan Association of State Universities to admit and enroll students to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program beginning in Fall 2018.

Admission

Requirements

You must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:

The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has been fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Michigan Association of State Universities to admit and enroll students to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program beginning in Fall 2018.

Applying

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library. The Program Admissions Committee will evaluate your application once all items have been received.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Complete the Anesthesia Program Supplemental Application: Address the following in scientific writing style:
    • Scholarly project area of interest
    • Ability to obtain support from institution 
    • Access to population
    • Reason for pursuing the degree
  • Copies of the following
    • Valid, unrestricted Registered Nursing License
    • Valid, unrestricted CRNA (or ARPN if applicable) license or state specialty certification (as appropriate for your state of residence or employment)
    • Copy of current Certification or Recertification certificate from the appropriate council
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least one letter should be from a supervisor/employer who can speak to your practice as a CRNA and one from someone qualified to comment to your academic abilities. Electronic recommendation requests are sent out as a part of the online application process.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The admission process is selective and enrollment is limited. Doctoral education requires a high level of independent study. Students must be self-directed problem solvers, and independent thinkers, capable of presenting their ideas in an organized, logical sequence and supporting those ideas with solid rationale, discovered through careful scientific investigation. Applicants judged best qualified to undertake the curriculum successfully will receive preference.

Fall: May 1

State Authorization for Online Students
The federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit umflint.edu/oel/online-state-authorization to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

One-Day Orientation
Students accepted to the program are required to attend a one-day mandatory orientation on the UM-Flint campus the week before fall classes begin.

The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has been fully approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Michigan Association of State Universities to admit and enroll students to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program beginning in Fall 2018.