Why UM-Flint

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

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Entry-Level Program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a registered nurse anesthetist capable of providing quality anesthesia care.

COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM

Ranked among the nations's best nursing anesthesia programs by U.S. News & World Report, students receive a University of Michigan education with the individualized attention and support of UM-Flint's outstanding faculty and staff. The program's curriculum exceeds requirements set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, integrating intensive classroom instruction with practical clinical experience.

CLEAR PATH TO DEGREE

All candidates receive a detailed plan for three academic years of study clearly mapping their path to degree completion. The program’s design allows students to maintain employment as a registered nurse in year one. However, due to course load and clinical hours in years two and three, faculty encourage students to relinquish full-time employment following year one.

INTERACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Small classes 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.

YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

Learn from faculty and medical professionals at the fore front of their fields. 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.

Affiliate Clinical Sites

With over 25 clinical sites throughout Michigan, UM-Flint Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program students experience Nurse Anesthesia practice in diverse healthcare institutions, including rural and independent CRNA settings. The program has a reputation for producing excellent clinical CRNAs prepared to enter practice in all anesthetic settings. 

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL

Listen to what one our graduates has to say about the DNAP program:

Accreditation

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.

Complete Listing of Accredited Anesthesia Programs

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2019
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  90%
Attrition (21 admitted, 20 graduated):  5%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2018
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  95%
Attrition (20 enrolled, 19 graduated):  5%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Master of Science in Anesthesia, Class of 2017
Certification Examination overall pass rate:  100%
Certification Examination first-attempt pass rate:  74%
Attrition (19 enrolled, 19 graduated):  0.0%
Employment within 6 months of graduation:  100%

Courses

DEGREE Requirements

The DNAP Entry-Level plan of study consists of 46 courses (92 credits) with a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course (no more than one course grade of B- is allowed):

ANE 501 - Principles of Anesthesia I (3)
ANE 502 - Principles of Anesthesia II (3)
ANE 503 - Advanced Principles of Anesthesia (3)
ANE 525 - Regional Anesthesia (3)
ANE 535 - Advanced Physical Assessment (2)
ANE 541 - Renal Physiology (1)
ANE 542 - Endocrine Physiology (1)
ANE 544 - Neuroanatomy for Anesthetists (3)
ANE 551 - Biochemistry for Anesthetists (2)
ANE 601 - Administrative Organization and Behavior (3)
ANE 605 - Health Policy (3)
ANE 621 - Anatomy and Physiology I (2)
ANE 622 - Anatomy and Physiology II (2)
ANE 630 - Applied Chemistry and Physics (2)
ANE 641 - Pharmacology I (2)
ANE 642 - Pharmacology II (2)
ANE 643 - Pharmacology III (2)
ANE 644 - Advanced Pharmacology (2)
ANE 677 - Applications of Financial Management in Health Care (3)
ANE 699 - Medical Writing (2)
ANE 700 - Introduction to Research (2)
ANE 701 - Scholarly Project Development (1)
ANE 702 - Scholarly Project Implementation (2)
ANE 703 - Scholarly Project Analysis (1)
ANE 704 - Scholarly Project Dissemination (1)
ANE 705 - Crisis Resource Management (2)
ANE 710 - Technology and Informatics for CRNAs (2)
ANE 720 - Ethical Issues in Nurse Anesthesia (2)
ANE 721 - Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice I (2)
ANE 722 - Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice II (2)
ANE 730 - Evidenced-Based Practice of Nurse Anesthesia (3)
ANE 750 - Management of Acute and Chronic Pain (2)
ANE 751 - Advanced Pathophysiology I (2)
ANE 752 - Advanced Pathophysiology II (2)
ANE 781 - Current Topics in Anesthesia I (1)
ANE 782 - Current Topics in Anesthesia II (1)
ANE 783 - Current Topics in Anesthesia III (1)
ANE 791 - Clinical Practicum I (1)
ANE 792 - Clinical Practicum II (1)
ANE 793 - Clinical Practicum III (2)
ANE 794 - Clinical Practicum IV (2)
ANE 795 - Clinical Practicum V (2)
ANE 796 - Clinical Practicum VI (2)
ANE 797 - Clinical Practicum VII (2)
ANE 800 - Comprehensive Anesthesia Review (2)
BIO 511 - Regional Human Anatomy (3)

Transfer of credit

Course transfer requests are initiated by submitting a petition to the Anesthesia Program Director. Please refer to the Transfer Credit section for additional information.

Additional information on the Anesthesia Entry-Level Program (DNAP) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

Admission into the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Entry-Level Program is selective. Students will be admitted to the fall semester only. You must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution for the following courses.
(UM-Flint equivalents in parentheses); refer to the Transfer Equivalency Guide for non-UM course equivalencies:

  • College Algebra, one of the following: Completion of MTH 111 with a grade of B (3.0) or better, documentation of successful completion of AP Algebra or successful completion of Algebra CLEP exam 
  • 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 Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHM 252)
  • Microbiology Basics (BIO 135)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I* (BIO 167) and Human Anatomy & Physiology II* (BIO 168) 

* Single semester Anatomy & Physiology courses must be 5 or more credit hours. 

Recent repeats of the following courses are required if taken more than ten years prior to application to the program:

  • 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)

Applicants presently enrolled in a single final prerequisite course may apply for admission consideration only if all other prerequisite course requirements have been met. Applications otherwise incomplete will not be reviewed.

Professional Criteria

The following criteria establish the eligibility baseline for admission consideration:

  • Current, unrestricted, licensure as a Registered Nurse in Michigan or one of the United States or protectorates
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or an appropriate biological science from a regionally accredited institution
  • Nursing grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in required prerequisite courses
  • Minimum of one year of experience as a registered nurse in a critical care unit such as SICU, MICU, CCU. Other critical care units may be considered if the applicant has working knowledge of mechanical ventilation, invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), and is proficient in vasopressor titration.
  • Currently working in a critical care unit
  • Evidence of at least eight hours of CRNA shadowing
  • Current Basic Life Support Provider (BLS) certification
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS) certification
  • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS) certification

Due to the length of time that it may take international applicants to become licensed as a registered nurse in the United States, applicants who are pending receipt of a license will not be considered. CCRN, TNCC, or other specialty certifications are not required, but strengthen the application.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • A completed supplemental application to the DNAP
  • CRNA Shadow Verification Form
    • Waived for fall 2021 admission due to COVID-19 restrictions, though shadowing is still beneficial for strengthening one's application. 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Autobiographical Essay: Submit a typewritten essay of 500 to 1000 words describing your professional goals, health care experience, career expectations and reason for selecting the field of anesthesia. Essays may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation one from each of the following
    • Dean, director, or faculty member of your nursing program
    • Present employer/supervisor
    • Practicing colleague who is familiar with your work as a registered nurse
  • Copy of military discharge, if applicable (DD Form 214)
  • Copy of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in Michigan or one of the United States or protectorates
  • Copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
  • 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.

Applicants are welcome to submit additional licenses/certifications/materials to supplement their application (CCRN, TNCC, etc.).  However, as these are not required application components for admission, they will not be reflected in your application checklist, but will strengthen your application.

Interview Process
Applicants selected for further review are required to complete the program interview process to retain eligibility for admission to the relevant cohort. 

Application Deadlines

Program enrollment is limited. Admission is very competitive and highly selective. The Anesthesia Program Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants judged best qualified to succeed.

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs on or before one of the following application deadlines:

  • September 1 (early review)
  • February 1 (regular review)