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.
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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.
YOUR DEGREE AT YOUR PACE
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.
DUAL ADVANCED DEGREES
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.
PREPARE TO LEAD
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.
YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM
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.