What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) Program Apart?

  • The mission of the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice completion program is to prepare the CRNA for expanded and/or specialized leadership roles within the complex field of health care.
  • This part-time program is taught in a primarily online format, offering convenience to CRNAs who are often employed full-time in various clinical settings.
  • CRNA's are able to direct their educational course by selecting nine credit hours from areas such as business administration, education, healthcare systems, advanced pathophysiology/pathology or other approved fields of study
  • Dual Doctor of Anesthesia Practice and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree also available.

  • The program will prepare you for various types of leadership roles within healthcare.
  • Prepare for and assume faculty positions within Nurse Anesthesia and other health-related programs.
  • Enter higher-level management positions within healthcare systems or develop/manage independent businesses such as locum tenens agencies or anesthesia consulting/management businesses.
  • Engage in a formalized program of "lifelong learning" in a specialized area of study aside from those previously mentioned above.

Download the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice Prospective Student Guide for detailed information about the program.



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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Admission Requirements

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 3.0 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

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for 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, please visit the State Authorization page 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 must submit additional documentation. Visit our International Students page for details.

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 (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1

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

The final deadline for international students is May 1 for the fall semester.


Anesthesia (Doctor of Anesthesia Practice)

Requirements.  A minimum of 32 credits as shown below.

  1. Core courses (16 credits).
    1.  Practice inquiry (3 credits).
    ANE 730 - Evidenced-Based Practice of Nurse Anesthesia. 
    2.  Professional Role/Leadership (3 credits).  One from:
         NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory. 
         PUB 501 /ANE 601 Administrative Organization and Behavior. 
         MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior.  
    3.  Healthcare Improvement, Public and Social Policy (3 credits) One from:
         HCR 505 /ANE 605 - Health Policy.  
         HCR 587 /ANE 687 - Legal Issues in Health Care.  
         NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics.  and a 1-credit elective
    4.  Technology and Informatics (2 credits).  One from:
         ANE 710 - Technology and Informatics for CRNA.  
         NUR 607 - Informatics. 
    5.  Health Systems Management (3 credits).  One from:
         HCR 511 /ANE 611 - Economic Applications in Health Administration.  
         HCR 525 /ANE 625 - Contemporary Issues in Health Care Management. 
         HCR 577 /ANE 677 - Financial Management in Health Care. 
    6.  Ethics (1-3 credits).
    ANE 720 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia. 
  2. 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.).
  3. 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 - Capstone Project Design.  
         ANE 802 - Capstone Project Implementation.  
         ANE 803 - Capstone Analysis and Dissemination.  
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Maintained licensure as a Registered Nurse in at least one state and certification or recertification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Time Limit to Complete Degree
A student must complete all work toward the program within six consecutive years from the date of first admission to the program. Students may, however, request or petition for an extension of this time limit. Approval of the extension is at the discretion of the program director, in consultation with program faculty. A continued enrollment fee of $250 will be charged during any semester the student is not enrolled in any coursework or capstone course.

Transfer of Credit

Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director. Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director. The program faculty reviews petitions. 


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