Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Anesthesia (DNAP) Program Apart?

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Entry-Level Program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a registered nurse anesthetist capable of providing quality anesthesia care.

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 the certification exam as well as for the challenges in your field of specialization. The program integrates intensive classroom instruction with practical clinical experience to provide valuable hands-on learning in real-world clinical settings. You’ll complete your clinical anesthesia experiences under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals who inspire as well as impart knowledge.

CLEAR PATH TO DEGREE

We provide each candidate with a detailed plan for three academic years of study that clearly maps the path to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree. The DNAP program’s design allows students to maintain employment as a registered nurse in year one. However, due to the course load and clinical hours in years two and three, our faculty strongly encourage students to relinquish full-time employment positions following year one.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Small classes encourage interaction between students and faculty. This engaged learning environment encourages investigation, innovation, and problem solving. You’ll develop the skills to think critically, assess patients quickly, communicate effectively, and be a valued asset to your healthcare team.

YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

Learn from faculty and medical professionals at the fore front of their fields. You’ll have direct access to their expertise, experience, and knowledge in and beyond the classroom. In addition to the guidance provided by program faculty, you will develop close connections with a cohort of students who begin the program with you and share your journey as well as your passion for excellence.

Hurley Medical Center: Our Educational Partner

As part of the program’s integrated clinical experience component, students complete clinical hours at nearby Hurley Medical Center, a 443-bed public non-profit healthcare facility and approximately 20 other area healthcare institutions. A leading teaching hospital in Flint, Hurley Medical Center offers a wide range of patient services including the area’s most comprehensive children’s hospital and multiple specialized critical care centers. Other clinical sites provide experience in anesthesia specialty areas such as cardiothoracic, obstetric, pediatric, pain management, and CRNA independent practice. Our partnerships provide students hands-on access to advanced healthcare technologies and the expertise of dedicated clinical professionals delivering exceptional patient care to diverse patient populations.

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 Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requires all students matriculating into an accredited program on January 1, 2022 and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program.  The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has applied for COA approval to transition from a Master of Science to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice for students who matriculate to the program beginning in Fall 2018.  Students will no longer be admitted to the Master of Science program after Fall 2017.

Complete Listing of Accredited Anesthesia Programs

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2016
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  89%
Attrition (19 enrolled, 19 graduated):  0.0%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2015
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  94%
Attrition (16 enrolled, 16 graduated):  0.0%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2014
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  86%
Attrition (21 enrolled, 21 graduated):  0.0%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Courses

Prerequisite Courses

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution is required for the following courses (courses in parenthesis are UM-Flint equivalents):

  • College Algebra: Quantitative GRE score above 30th percentile, Completion of MTH 111 with a grade of B or better, documentation of successful completion of AP algebra or successful completion of Algebra CLEP exam
  • Statistics - graduate or undergraduate level
  • General Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHM 150) or Principles of Chemistry I (CHM 260)
  • General Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab (CHM 151) or General Chemistry Lab (CHM 261) -- strongly recommended
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (CHM 220) or Biologic Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHM 252)
    Either:
  • Microbiology Basics (BIO 135) and Human Anatomy & Physiology I* (BIO 167) and Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 168)
  • Organismal Biology (BIO 111) and Cell Biology (BIO 326) and Mammalogy (BIO 421)

* Single semester Anatomy & Physiology courses must be 5 or more credit hours. 
Note: Recent repeats of the following courses are required if credits are 10 years old or older:

  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (CHM 220) or Biologic Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHM 252)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 167) or Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 168)

For more information on transferability of undergraduate prerequisite courses, please visit the Transfer Database.

DEGREE Requirements
SEMESTER 1 - FALL
  • ANE 651 - Biochemistry for Anesthetists
  • ANE 621 - Anatomy & Physiology I
  • ANE 641 - Applied Chemistry & Physics
  • ANE 631 - Advanced Physical Assessment
  • ANE 681 - Medical Writing
SEMESTER 2 - WINTER
  • ANE 602 - Regional Human Anatomy
  • ANE 612 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia
  • ANE 632 - Principles of Anesthesia I
  • ANE 622 - Anatomy & Physiology II
  • ANE 642 - Pharmacology I
SEMESTER 3 - Spring/summer
  • ANE 603 - Renal Physiology
  • ANE 613 - Endocrine Physiology
  • ANE 643 - Pharmacology II
  • ANE 633 - Principles of Anesthesia II
  • ANE 683 - Evidence-Based Practice of Nurse Anesthesia
  • ANE 693 - Clinical Practicum I
SEMESTER 4 - FALL
  • ANE 734 - Advanced Principles of Anesthesia
  • ANE 784 - Introduction to Research
  • ANE 744 - Pharmacology III
  • ANE 704 - Technology and Informatics for CRNAs
  • ANE 794 - Clinical Practicum II
SEMESTER 5 - WINTER
  • ANE 785 - Scholarly Project I
  • ANE 715 - Regional Anesthesia
  • ANE 705 - Neuroanatomy for Anesthetists
  • ANE 795 - Clinical Practicum III
SEMESTER 6 - SPRing/summer
  • ANE 746 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • ANE 756 - Advanced Pathophysiology I
  • ANE 706 - Management of Acute and Chronic Pain
  • ANE 766 - Current Topics in Anesthesia I
  • ANE 786 - Scholarly Project II
  • ANE 796 - Clinical Practicum IV
SEMESTER 7 - FALL
  • ANE 857 - Advanced Pathophysiology II
  • ANE 867 - Current Topics in Anesthesia II
  • ANE 807 - Health Policy
  • ANE 887 - Scholarly Project III
  • ANE 897 - Clinical Practicum V
SEMESTER 8 - WINTER
  • ANE 878 - Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice I
  • ANE 838 - Crisis Resource Management
  • ANE 888 - Scholarly Project IV
  • ANE 808 - Financial Management in Health Care
  • ANE 898 - Clinical Practicum VI
SEMESTER 9 - SPRing/SUMmer
  • ANE 879 - Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice II
  • ANE 869 - Current Topics in Anesthesia III
  • ANE 819 - Comprehensive Anesthesia Review
  • ANE 809 - Administrative Organization and Behavior
  • ANE 899 - Clinical Practicum

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requires all students matriculating into an accredited program on January 1, 2022 and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program.  The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has applied for COA approval to transition from a Master of Science to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice for students who matriculate to the program beginning in Fall 2018.  Students will no longer be admitted to the Master of Science program after Fall 2017.

Admission

Requirements

Admission into the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Entry-Level Program is selective. Students will be admitted to the fall semester only. You must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Current, unrestricted, licensure as a Registered Nurse in Michigan or one of the United States or protectorates
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing or an appropriate biological science from a regionally accredited institution
  • Nursing grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in required prerequisite courses
  • A minimum of one year’s experience as a registered nurse in a critical care unit such as SICU, MICU, CCU, etc. Other critical care units may be considered if the applicant has working knowledge of invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), mechanical ventilation, and is proficient in vasopressor titration.
  • Must be currently working in a critical care unit
  • Evidence of a minimum of 8 hours shadowing a CRNA
  • Current Certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)
  • Current Certification as a Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS)
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Due to the length of time that it may take international applicants to become licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, we will not consider applications “pending receipt of a license.”

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requires all students matriculating into an accredited program on January 1, 2022 and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program.  The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has applied for COA approval to transition from a Master of Science to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice for students who matriculate to the program beginning in Fall 2018.  Students will no longer be admitted to the Master of Science program after Fall 2017.

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)
  • A completed supplemental application to the DNAP
  • CRNA Shadow Verification Form
  • GRE Scores: Have your scores sent directly to UM-Flint code #1853
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Autobiographical Essay: Submit a typewritten essay of 500 to 1000 words describing your professional goals, experience, reason for selecting anesthesia, and future career expectations. Essays may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to graduate@umflint.edu.
  • Copy of military discharge (if applicable)
  • Copy of current Michigan Registered Nursing License
  • Copy of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate
  • Copy of current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certificate
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from the dean, director, or faculty member of your nursing program; a present employer/supervisor; and a practicing colleague who is familiar with your work as a registered nurse.
  • In-person interview
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The DNAP program admits one cohort annually beginning with the fall semester. Completed application packets submitted by October 1 are eligible for early admission consideration. Completed application packets submitted by February 1 are eligible for regular admission consideration. 

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the
 Office of Graduate Programs on or before one of the following application deadlines:
   

  • Early Review: October 1
  • Regular Review: February 1

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs requires all students matriculating into an accredited program on January 1, 2022 and thereafter be enrolled in a doctoral program.  The University of Michigan-Flint Anesthesia Program has applied for COA approval to transition from a Master of Science to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice for students who matriculate to the program beginning in Fall 2018.  Students will no longer be admitted to the Master of Science program after Fall 2017.