Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) Program Apart?

The first fully accredited program of its kind offered in Michigan, the DrAP from UM-Flint is a flexible and innovative program that combines online learning convenience with individualized faculty support. Designed for master’s level CRNAs seeking to advance their practices, the DrAP prepares you to expand into a specialized leadership role or pursue a rewarding teaching career in the ever-evolving field of healthcare. You’ll emerge from the program well equipped to effectively lead teams, departments, and healthcare students toward better patient care and outcomes.

Download the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice Prospective Student Guide for detailed information about the program.


The majority of DrAP 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 also have the flexibility to pursue your interests and direct your course of study. The program allows you to customize your degree with a range of specialty areas, including business administration, education, healthcare systems, advanced pathophysiology/pathology, or other approved fields of study.


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 learn your DrAP within six years. Small classes mean you’ll have the undivided attention of faculty and medical professionals at the forefront of their fields. DrAP faculty remain available and accessible to mentor and support you online as well as in person.


CRNAs interested in pursuing leadership roles in business and/or healthcare administration have the option to combine a DrAP 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. 


You’ll emerge from the DrAP 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 DrAP additionally provides excellent preparation for CRNAs looking to teach at an advanced level.


The DrAP 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 DrAP education right away.


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.


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.


The University of Michigan-Flint is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The next Higher Learning Commission Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (HLC PEAQ) 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.

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Anesthesia Program information  

The Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) program is intended to provide a post-master’s educational opportunity for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to prepare for leadership positions in a variety of aspects of the profession of nurse anesthesia. The profession encompasses more than the actual administration of anesthesia to patients; CRNAs engaged in research, education, and administration are recognized as being engaged in the practice of anesthesia. Graduates of the program will be better prepared to further develop the roles that CRNAs fill within an increasingly complex healthcare system.

Offered primarily online, the flexible 32-credit program is designed for the CRNA with an MS or MSN degree. Students take 16 credits of core courses in areas of leadership, health policy, financial management/economics, informatics, evidence-based practice, and ethics. Nine credit hours of cognates may be selected by the student from areas such as Business Administration, Education, Healthcare Systems or Advanced Pathophysiology/Pathology. The program culminates in a three-course Capstone/Research process designed to integrate the knowledge acquired from the student’s core and cognate studies.

Dual Program DrAP/MBA

For the CRNA considering a graduate-level business degree, the Anesthesia Practice/Business Administration (Dual DrAP/MBA)  program allows students to earn an MBA in conjunction with the DrAP degree. This dual program allows up to 21 approved credits to apply to both programs of study.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Admission decisions are made by the program admission committee in consultation with the program faculty.  Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • A Master of Science degree with a focus on nurse anesthesia (Master of Science, Biology or Nursing) OR a post-masters certificate in anesthesia from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • A minimum overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or 5.0 on a 9-point scale)
  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Current certification or recertification by the NBCRNA (or APRN if applicable) 

A course in Research Methods must be completed during the 3 years immediately preceding program admission or will be required as one of the 3 cognate courses.

Time Limit for Completion

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. A continued enrollment fee of $250 will be charged during any semester the student is not enrolled in any coursework or capstone course.

Transfer Credits

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 additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director. The program faculty reviews petitions.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for additional academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.


A minimum of 32 credits as follows:

A. Core Courses (16 credits)

Practice Inquiry (3 credits)

  • ANE 730 - Evidenced-Based Practice of Nurse Anesthesia (3).

Professional Role/Leadership (3 credits)

One from:

  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3).
  • ANE 601 - Administrative Organization and Behavior (3).
  • MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior (3).

Healthcare Improvement, Public and Social Policy (3 credits)

One from:

  • ANE 605 - Health Policy (3).
  • ANE 687 - Legal Issues in Health Care (3).
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (3).
  • and a 1-credit elective

Technology and Informatics (2 credits)

One from:

  • ANE 710 - Technology and Informatics for CRNA (2).
  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3).

Health Systems Management (3 credits)

One from:

  • ANE 611 - Economic Applications in Health Administration (3).
  • ANE 625 - Contemporary Issues in Health Care Management (3).
  • ANE 677 - Financial Management in Health Care (3).

Ethics (1-3 credits)

  • ANE 720 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia (1-3).

B. 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.).

C. 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 - Capstone Project Design (3).
  • ANE 802 - Capstone Project Implementation (2).
  • ANE 803 - Capstone Analysis and Dissemination (2).

D. Additional Requirements

  • 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.

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You must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:
  • A master’s degree (Science, Biology, or Nursing) with a focus on nurse anesthesia or post-master's certificate from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Minimum overall Master's degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or a 5.0 on the U-M 9.0 scale)
  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Current, unrestricted certification or recertification as a CRNA
  • Research methods course - graduate level (may be taken as a cognate after program enrollment)
State Authorization for Online Students

In recent years, 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 the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:
  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities where Nursing degree, Nurse Anesthesia degree and any other graduate level coursework completed
  • Submit an 8-10 page fully referenced paper that demonstrates your ability to perform scholarly research and writing. The topic should be related to your capstone area of interest. Follow the format described in the AANA Journal "Information for Authors."
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from a supervisor/employer who can speak to your practice as a CRNA and one from someone qualified to comment on your academic abilities
  • Copy of valid, unrestricted RN license
  • Copy of valid, unrestricted CRNA  (or APRN 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
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit our 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.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

The final deadline for international students is May 1 for the fall semester.