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 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 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.

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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)

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 (2 credits)

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

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

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 - Scholarly Project I (3)
  • ANE 802 - Scholarly Project II (2)
  • ANE 803 - Scholarly Project III (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.

Additional information on the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



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 3.2 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

The federal government requires 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, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/online-state-authorization 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: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

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 – May 1*

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

The fall deadline for international students is May 1 as well.

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.