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

The Master of Science in Anesthesia at UM-Flint puts you on the path to becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)—and increasing your value to the healthcare team even more. Offered through UM-Flint’s respected School of Health Professions and Studies in conjunction with the acclaimed Hurley Medical Center, the MS in Anesthesia program combines in-depth classroom learning with hands-on clinical experiences. 

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


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 CRNA. One hundred percent of the program’s second-year students graduated in 2015 and went on to secure employment within six months of graduation. 


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 of 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.


We provide each candidate with a plan of study that clearly maps the path to an MS in Anesthesia—you’ll know exactly which courses to take and when to take them. In just 24 short months, you will be prepared to graduate and receive your degree.


Small classes also 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.


Learn from faculty and medical professionals at the forefront of their fields. Small class sizes mean 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.


The MS in Anesthesia program builds on your previous nursing experience and education. The program also provides a path to advanced degrees that serve to further differentiate you, such as UM-Flint’s respected Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) and optional Dual DrAP and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.


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 16 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.


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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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%

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%


Anesthesia (MS)


Anesthesia Program information    

The Master of Science in Anesthesia is offered through the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions and Studies in conjunction with Hurley Medical Center. The 24 month track enables a registered nurse holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

The program combines academic and clinical anesthesia courses taught at Hurley Medical Center and the University of Michigan-Flint. The program is dedicated to its graduates’ achievement of full professional competency. These competencies include selection and administration of preoperative medication, induction and maintenance of anesthesia, and management of post-anesthetic recovery. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination.

The curriculum provides current knowledge and skills required of a nurse anesthetist to enter into anesthesia practice. Classroom and clinical experience exceed the minimum requirements of the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.


Admission applications and prospective student guides are available online and from the Office of Graduate Programs. Students who have earned the bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent in another country, are considered for admission without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, or handicap.

Admission procedures include filing a completed application, an official transcript from each college or university attended, formal transcript evaluation of degree earned outside the United States (contact the Office of Graduate Programs for further information), a copy of State of Michigan RN licensure, certificate of current advanced cardiac life support and current pediatric advanced life support, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from: immediate registered nurse supervisor, Director of Nursing School, and RN or CRNA co-worker; and submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals of graduate study. Applicants must have at least one year of experience as a registered nurse in a critical care area. A minimum of 3.0 grade point average overall and in the required prerequisite undergraduate courses is required. A personal interview is conducted by the admissions committee comprised of faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint and Hurley Medical Center.

Admission Criteria

  1. Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan.
  2. Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or other appropriate bachelors degree (such as a BS in Biology) from an accredited institution
  3. Minimum of one year experience in acute care as an RN, preferably in the critical care nursing area (such as SICU, MICU, CCU or ER).
  4. Professional academic competence confirmed by three letters of recommendation from: immediate registered nurse supervisor, Director of Nursing School, and CRNA or RN co-worker.
  5. Overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum average of 3.0 in the required prerequisite undergraduate courses (or their equivalents).
  6. Submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals for graduate study.
  7. Personal interview to be conducted by faculty of the UMFlint/ Hurley Medical Center Anesthesia Program.
  8. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS) and current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
  9. GRE Scores.
  10. Application Fee.

Complete information about the clinical program is available at the Office of Graduate Programs or the Public Health & Health Sciences Department. For further information on the application process and for the program plan of study see the Prospective Student Guide. Applications for this program may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Programs.

Drug-Free Learning Environment 

To assure a drug-free learning environment, the Anesthesia Program prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal and/or controlled substances and/or alcoholic beverages. Anesthesia students will undergo a drug/alcohol screen along with their entrance physical examination as required by Hurley Medical Center. Drug/alcohol screening may be requested of a student at any time during the program if there is cause to believe that substance abuse is affecting a student’s ability to perform his/her duties.

Academic Rules and Regulations

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

Prerequisites (24 months)

The following undergraduate prerequisite courses must be complete prior to admission to the program.  If more than 10 years old, a recent repeat of Organic Chemistry and a course in Anatomy and Physiology are required.

A. General and Organic Chemistry

  • A semester of general or organic chemistry; preferred:

  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (3)
  • And strongly preferred:

  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)

  • CHM 220 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3). , or equivalent

B. Biology

One of the following sets of three courses:

  • BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics (4)
  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4).
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIO 326 - Cell Biology (4).
  • BIO 432 - Mammalian Physiology (4)

C. Statistics

  • A course in statistics

D. Mathematics

One of:

  • MTH 111 - College Algebra (3).
  • Demonstrated competence through the math placement test


Sixty-three (63) credits as follows:

Fall Year I (13 credits)

  • ANE 510 - Pharmacology I (2).
  • ANE 515 - Principles of Anesthesia I (3).
  • ANE 530 - Advanced Physical Assessment and Patient Evaluation (1).
  • ANE 540 - Anatomy and Physiology I (2).
  • ANE 542 - Endocrine Physiology (1).
  • ANE 550 - Applied Chemistry & Physics (2).
  • ANE 551 - Biochemistry for Anesthetists (2).

Winter Year I (12 credits)

  • ANE 511 - Pharmacology II (2).
  • ANE 516 - Principles of Anesthesia II (4).
  • ANE 533 - Regional Human Anatomy (3).
  • ANE 543 - Anatomy & Physiology II (2).
  • ANE 590 - Clinical Practicum II (1).

Spring/Summer Year I (12 credits)

  • ANE 517 - Principles of Anesthesia III (3).
  • ANE 520 - Regional Anesthesia (2).
  • ANE 541 - Renal Physiology (1).
  • ANE 560 - Introduction to Research (3).
  • ANE 580 - Pharmacology III (1).
  • ANE 591 - Clinical Practicum III (2).

Fall Year II (8 credits)

  • ANE 512 - Advanced Pharmacology (2).
  • ANE 545 - Advanced Pathophysiology I (2).
  • ANE 581 - Seminar I (1).
  • ANE 585 - Thesis Development I (1).
  • ANE 592 - Clinical Practicum IV (2).

Winter Year II (9 credits)

  • ANE 544 - Neuroanatomy for Anesthetists (3).
  • ANE 546 - Advanced Pathophysiology II (2).
  • ANE 582 - Seminar II (1).
  • ANE 586 - Thesis Development II (1).
  • ANE 593 - Clinical Practicum V (2).

Spring/Summer Year II (9 credits)

  • ANE 500 - Professional Components (3).
  • ANE 583 - Seminar III (1).
  • ANE 587 - Masters' Thesis (3).
  • ANE 594 - Clinical Practicum VI (2).

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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 a regionally 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 a regionally accredited institution is required for the following courses (courses in parenthesis are UM-Flint 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)


  • 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)


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 essay 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. 

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