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The Nurse Anesthesia program is dedicated to providing educational excellence for the graduate student through comprehensive classroom and clinical experiences. Our faculty nurture professional responsibility and commitment to research and other professional activities. The academic curriculum, as well as the variety and quantity of clinical experiences offered by our partnership with affiliated clinical sites allow students to become competent and highly skilled Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). High quality anesthesia care encompasses in-depth knowledge, judgment and problem solving skills, proficient implementation of technical skills, and values and beliefs which positively affect relationships with patients and members of the health care team. To integrate these critical skills, the program incorporates learning activities which facilitate the development of entry-level CRNAs. Students prepare for full participation in anesthesia care, as members of a health care team responsible for total patient care.

The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Admissions Requirements

The master's program is targeted to outstanding Registered Nurses with critical care experience who possess a baccalaureate degree. Requirements include:

  • 1. Graduation from an accredited (NLNAC or CCNE) nursing program.
  • 2. Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or appropriate science degree.
  • A bachelor's degree in a natural science is accepted. Examples are Chemistry, Biology, Physics. If you have another degree, your past academic background is individually considered for predictors of success in our Program, such as a strong science background and good performance.
  • 3. Minimum of one year recent experience (within last 5 years) as a professional registered nurse in a critical care area in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. Direct patient contact is required.
  • The requirement for critical care is that you have experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care area, with emphasis placed on invasive hemodynamic monitoring, ventilatory care and pharmacologic management. The preferred areas (with the greatest preference first) are:

  • 1. SICU (Surgical Intensive Care)
  • 2. MICU (Medical Intensive Care)
  • 3. CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care)
  • 4. PICU/NICU (Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care)
  • 5. Applicants have also been accepted whose experience is primarily in the Emergency Room, provided they can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

  • 4. Professional/academic competency attested by three letters of recommendation.
  • 5. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with scores available before the deadline for applications (October 31). (Please see the further discussion below.)
  • 6. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • 7. Undergraduate coursework: Transcripts should reflect one undergraduate course taken within the last ten years, with a grade of B or above, in each of the following areas:

  • -Inorganic chemistry
  • -Organic (or Bio-) chemistry
  • -Anatomy and Physiology
  • -Research methods (The research methods content taken as part of the BSN meets this requirement).

  • 8. Submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals of graduate study.
  • 9. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
  • 10. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • 11. Current licensure as a professional registered nurse in Michigan or ability to obtain the same.
  • Once accepted, enrollment is contingent on successfully passing a health and drug screening as well as a criminal background check.

Admissions process
Please note that applications are reviewed continuously as they are received (twelve months a year). The program accepts applications online. Approximately 25-30 students are enrolled each year for the program. Accepted applicants begin coursework in September. Orientation is held for the first week of the Program. Clinical experience begins during the second semester.

When applying, keep in mind:

  • 1. Contact the program for clarification of any questions.
  • 2. Apply 2-3 months before the October 31 deadline ideally, as this allows time for transcripts and recommendations to arrive.
  • 3. Ensure that supporting documentation is sent promptly. This includes three letters of reference, transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended since high school, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • 4. We review all applications received in November.
  • 5. We send letters to all in the second week of December (approximately), indicating whether we will be scheduling an interview for you or not.
  • 6. The top candidates meeting or exceeding admission requirements will be granted an interview (normally held in late January, but this may vary from year to year). The Admissions Committee goal is to notify all applicants of their decision within two weeks after the interviews. Applicants are either accepted, accepted as alternates, or their application is denied.
  • 7. After they receive notice from the Admissions Committee, accepted applicants confirm their intention to enroll in writing, and by submitting a deposit ($1,000, which is non-refundable and applied to the first term tuition).
  • 8. If there are unfilled positions available after fall interviews, qualified candidates whose applications are received after October may be scheduled during a second round of interviews in the spring, space permitting.
  • NOTE: The Program welcomes applications or inquiries twelve months a year. The January series of interviews are held each year. A second series of interviews may be held in the spring, if there is a need.

Outcome Criteria

Attainment of these final objectives demonstrates that graduates have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in the areas of patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking, communication, and the professional role.

Patient safety
is demonstrated by the ability of the graduate to:

  • Be vigilant in the delivery of patient care
  • Protect patients from iatrogenic complications
  • Participate in the positioning of patients to prevent injury
  • Conduct a comprehensive and appropriate equipment check
  • Utilize standard precautions and appropriate infection control measures

Individualized Perianesthetic Management
is demonstrated by the ability of the graduate to:

  • Provide care throughout the perianesthetic continuum
  • Use a variety of current anesthesia techniques, agents, adjunctive drugs, and equipment while providing anesthesia
  • Administer general anesthesia to patients of all ages and physical conditions for a variety of surgical and medically related procedures
  • Provide anesthesia services to all patients, including trauma and emergency cases
  • Administer and manage a variety of regional anesthetics
  • Function as a resource person for airway and ventilatory management of patients
  • Possess current advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) recognition
  • Possess current pediatric advanced life support (PALS) recognition
  • Deliver culturally competent perianesthetic care throughout the anesthesia experience

Critical thinking
is demonstrated by the graduate's ability to:

  • Apply theory to practice in decision-making and problem solving,
  • Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence,
  • Perform a preanesthetic assessment and formulate an anesthesia care plan for patients to whom they are assigned to administer anesthesia,
  • Identify and take appropriate action when confronted with anesthetic equipment-related malfunctions.
  • Interpret and utilize data obtained from noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities.
  • Calculate, initiate, and manage fluid and blood component therapy.
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to anesthetic complications that occur during the perianesthetic period
  • Pass the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists' (CCNA) certification examination in accordance with CCNA policies and procedures

Communication Skills
are demonstrated by the graduate's ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with all individuals influencing patient care
  • Utilize appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in the delivery of perianesthetic care

Professional role
is demonstrated by the graduate's ability to:

  • Participate in activities that improve anesthesia care
  • Function within appropriate legal requirements as a registered professional nurse accepting responsibility and accountability for his or her practice
  • Interact on a professional level with integrity
  • Teach others
  • Participate in continuing education activities to acquire new knowledge and improve his or her practice


The curriculum is typically taken in either 27 months ("full time") or 39 months ("extended" or "part time". Both are discussed below on this page.

Full-Time (27 month) Track
The listing includes course number, title, and credit hours. These credit hours are based on 4 month terms. For example, BIO538 meets for 4 hours of lecture per week, over a four month period (4 x 16 = 64 contact hours total). Please note that only classroom experiences follow this format. Clinical Internships or research classes may require more time commitment than indicated by their credit weight.

Term 1 Fall
BIO 538 Physiology I 4
HLH 560 Pharmacology I 4
BIO 542 Gross Anatomy 4
ANE 549 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I 4
16 credits

Term 2 Winter
BIO 539 Physiology II 4
HLH 561 Pharmacology II 3
ANE 550 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I 4
ANE 601 Clinical Internship I 1
ANE 570 Principles of Regional Anesthesia 2*
14 credits

Term 3 Summer
ANE 551 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II 4
ANE 530 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation 3
PYC 503 Statistics (may be taken prior to enrollment or any term before Term 5) 3
HLH 562 Pharmacology III 2
ANE 602 Clinical Internship II 1
13 credits

Term 4 Fall
ANE 552 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III 2
HLH 550 Research Methodology 3
ANE 510 Professional Aspects 2
ANE 594 Pathophysiology 3
ANE 603 Clinical Internship III 1
11 credits

Term 5 Winter
ANE 699 Masters Project OR 3
Elective; see below 3
ANE 610 Seminar 1
ANE 604 Clinical Internship IV 1
5 credits

Term 6 Summer
ANE 611 Seminar 1
ANE 605 Clinical Internship V 1
2 credits

Term 7 Fall
ANE 612 Seminar 1
ANE 606 Clinical Internship VI 1
2 credits

Total credits = 63

Students may elect to perform a research project. In this case they will choose ANE699 Master's Project for one credit in each of Term 5, 6, and 7. Students who do not complete the project will take one three credit elective before graduating. Coursework is subject to the approval of the Director, and could include topical areas such as health care law, finance, ethics, or management.

Extended (39 month) Track
The 63 credits (same number as the 27 month track) are taken in 39 months. We refer to this curriculum as an extended curriculum (rather than "part time") because the time commitment for the students in this track, in their last 15-18 months, is identical to the time commitment of students in the full-time track.

  • 1. In the first 12 months of the 39 month track, the student takes 15 credits and has no clinical component. It is realistic to remain employed (part time or perhaps even full time) during this period.
  • 2. In months 13-24, the student has clinical and classroom commitments (with the exception of the credits already taken) identical to the full time track. So the time commitment is less than the full time track. How many hours you can continue to be employed depends on your energy level, family responsibilities, and how well you are doing in the classroom and in the clinical area.
  • 3. In months 25-39, there is no difference in time commitment between the two tracks and it is suggested that students will do better without any outside work responsibilities in view of the demands of the clinical area and the scholarly project.

The choice of full or part time track is generally left up to the individual student, who declares their intent at the time enrollment is offered. You are strongly encouraged to speak directly to the program Director or Assistant Director if you are interested in this track.

Choice of courses, and their order, are established by mutual agreement with the program chair. Typically, an extended-track student may take BIO542, BIO538, BIO539, and PYC503 in their first 12 months.

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