Why UM-Flint

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

FOCUS:
  • The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies offers the Master of Science (MS) degree in Anesthesia in conjunction with Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan.
  • This 24 month, full-time program will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to become certified for entry into anesthesia practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The program is full-time and will require a time commitment of more than 40 hours per week; employment during the course of the program is not recommended.
  • The MS in Anesthesia curriculum seamlessly integrates your clinical experience and classroom instruction with academic and clinical anesthesia courses taught at both the University of Michigan-Flint and at Hurley Medical Center.
RESOURCES:
  • Hurley Medical Center is a 443-bed public non-profit teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan. Hurley provides mid-Michigan with a variety of hospital and healthcare services, with a wide variety of hospital and healthcare services, from the area's most comprehensive children's hospital to a number of specialized critical care centers. Hurley meets the complex needs of our extended community by combining advanced technological resources and dedicated professionals with convenient facility access.
  • Learning from faculty and professionals who are at the forefront of their fields gives our students a distinct educational advantage.
  • MS in Anesthesia program cohorts are structured to promote close classmate relationships and a strong internal support system.
RESULTS:
  • After successfully completing the program, you will receive a Master of Science in Anesthesia degree, granted by the University of Michigan. You are then eligible to take the National Certification Examination.  
  • Successful completion of the National Certification Exam allows you to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Download the MS in Anesthesia Prospective Student Guide for detailed information about the program.

Accreditation

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.

Complete Listing of Accredited Anesthesia Programs

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2011
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  87%
Attrition (16 enrolled, 15 graduated):  6.3%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2012
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  93%
Attrition (17 enrolled, 15 graduated):  11.8%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2013
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  83%
Attrition (16 enrolled, 12 graduated):  25.0%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Admission

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Master of Science in Anesthesia 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 an accredited institution
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution for the most recent 120 credit hours
  • 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 nursing area…SICU, MICU, CCU, etc. within the last five years. NICU (neonatal) & Emergency Department (ED) may be accepted  if the applicant has a working knowledge of pulmonary artery and other advanced monitoring modalities, and is proficient in vasopressor titration.  
  • 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.”

Prerequisite Courses

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution is required for the following courses (or equivalents):

  • College Algebra (MTH 111) (or demonstrated competence through math placement test)
  • 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)

Applying

To be considered for admission, 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 MS in Anesthesia program
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • 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.
  • An autobiography of 500 to 1000 words describing your professional goals, experience, reason for selecting anesthesia, and future career expectations
  • GRE scores (general) sent to UM-Flint Institutional Code #1853
  • 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
  • International students must submit additional documentation.  Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The MS in Anesthesia 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. The Programs Admissions Committee holds interviews for selected early admission applicants in November and for selected regular admission candidates in March. Applicants are not accepted into the program without going through the interview process.

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