Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Entry-Level (DNAP)

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

Comprehensive Curriculum
Ranked among the nation’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. Didactic content is presented in a blended virtual and in-person format. Low- and high-fidelity simulation prepares students to begin clinical practicum courses and for specialty clinical rotations. 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.

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.

Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Nearly 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) deliver over 45 million anesthetics annually in the United States, providing patient access to affordable, quality healthcare. CRNAs are sole anesthesia providers for two-thirds of rural hospitals in the United States and deliver safe, efficient anesthesia services to people of all races, ethnicities, ages and income levels.

Nurse Anesthesia Employment
The mean wage for CRNAs is $181,040 in the United States and $194,640 in Michigan. The average age of the practicing CRNA is estimated to be 49 years, and 40% are projected to retire within the next 10 years. Continuing improvements in healthcare technologies and increased insurance coverage promote longer life expectancies; as the elderly population rises, the need for anesthesia services increases. The current graduation rate of approximately 2,500 CRNAs annually does not keep up with projected demand. Additionally, the overall need for CRNAs is expected to grow by 17% between 2018 and 2028. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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)
  • Pathophysiology (NSC 207)
  • 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. Documentation of enrollment in pre-req courses must be included at time of application. 

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
  • DNAP Job Shadow Verification Form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Autobiographical Essay of 500 to 1000 words describing 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

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)

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%