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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anesthesia (Doctor of Anesthesia Practice)

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(810) 257-9264
Fax: (810) 760-0839

3124 W.S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Director:  Shawn Fryzel, CRNA, MS
Educational Coordinator: Kelley LaBonty, CRNA, MS
Secretary:  Deb Berg
Administrative Specialist: Diane Lapp
Program Faculty:  Lynn L. Lebeck, CRNA, Ph.D., Gergana Kodjebacheva, Ph.D., Suzanne Selig, Ph.D., Patrick Tierney, CRNA, M.A., Harland Verrill, Ph.D. 

The Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrAP) program is intended to provide a post-master’s educational opportunity for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to prepare for leadership positions in a variety of aspects of the profession of nurse anesthesia. The profession encompasses more than the actual administration of anesthesia to patients; CRNAs engaged in research, education, and administration are recognized as being engaged in the practice of anesthesia. Graduates of the program will be better prepared to further develop the roles that CRNAs fill within an increasingly complex healthcare system.

Offered primarily online, the flexible 32-credit program is designed for the CRNA with an MS or MSN degree. Students take 16 credits of core courses in areas of leadership, health policy, financial management/economics, informatics, evidence-based practice, and ethics. Nine credit hours of cognates may be selected by the student from areas such as Business Administration, Education, Healthcare Systems or Advanced Pathophysiology/Pathology. The program culminates in a three-course Capstone/Research process designed to integrate the knowledge acquired from the student’s core and cognate studies.

Dual Program DrAP/MBA
For the CRNA considering a graduate-level business degree, a new University of Michigan program now allows students to earn an MBA in conjunction with their DrAP degree. This dual program allows up to 21 approved credits to apply to both programs of study. 

Mission and Assessment
The mission of the Doctor of Anesthesia Practice completion degree curriculum is to prepare the CRNA for expanded and/or specialized leadership roles within the complex field of health care.

The program participates in the University-wide assessment effort to assess its academic programs.  Information on assessment plan including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

The University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, (847) 655-1160. The program’s next review by the COA is scheduled for May 2014.

Admission Requirements
Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Admission decisions are made by the program admission committee in consultation with the program faculty.  Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be considered for admission:

*A Master of Science degree with a focus on nurse anesthesia (Master of Science, Biology or Nursing) OR a post-masters certificate in anesthesia from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
*A minimum overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or 5.0 on a 9-point scale).
*Current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
*Current certification or recertification by the NBCRNA (or APRN if applicable) 

A course in Research Methods must be completed during the 3 years immediately preceding program admission or will be required as one of the 3 cognate courses.

Transfer Credits
Up to nine semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework may be accepted for transfer from other accredited institutions. Credits must be less than five years old and may not apply towards another degree or certificate. Transfer credits are subject to the approval of the program director and capstone committee.

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