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Anesthesia (Master of Science)

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Department of Anesthesiology
Hurley Medical Center
(810) 257-9264
Fax: (810) 760-0839
2102 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Director: Lynn L. Lebeck, CRNA, Ph.D.
Educational Coordinator: Shawn Fryzel, CRNA, MS
Secretary: Deb Berg
Program Faculty: Lynn L. Lebeck (Anesthesia), Steve Myers (Biology), Suzanne Selig (Health Sciences and Administration), Harland Verrill (Health Sciences and Administration).
Lecturers: Kimberly Barber, James Hiscock, Angela Lickey, Marti Reigle, John Rzyhak, Larry Stump, Terri Winterlee, Sally Woodward-Volz, Ronald Zuwala.

The Master of Science in Anesthesia  is offered through the Department of Health Sciences and Administration in the School of Health Professions and Studies in conjunction with Hurley Medical Center. The 24 month track enables a registered nurse holding a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

The anesthesia program combines academic and clinical anesthesia courses taught at Hurley Medical Center and the University of Michigan-Flint. The program is dedicated to its graduates’ achievement of full professional competency. These competencies include selection and administration of preoperative medication, anesthesia, and management of post-anesthetic recovery. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination.

The curriculum provides current knowledge and skills required of a nurse anesthetist to enter into anesthesia practice. Classroom and clinical experience exceed the minimum requirements of the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The anesthesia program is open only to registered nurses who meet specific admission requirements. The University of MI-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Masters of Science in 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.

Program Mission and Assessment

The mission of the Anesthesia Program is to support the graduate education of nurse anesthetists and ensure our graduates have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide quality anesthesia care and service. The mission is predicated on the common goals of the University of Michigan-Flint and Hurley Medical Center to provide quality education and clinical service to the community. The Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

Admission to the MS in Anesthesia Program

Admission applications and prospective student guides are available online and from the Office of Graduate Programs. Students who have earned the bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent in another country, are considered for admission without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, or handicap.

Admission procedures include filing a completed application, an official transcript from each college or university attended, formal transcript evaluation of degree earned outside the United States (contact the Office of Graduate Programs for further information), a copy of State of Michigan RN licensure, certificate of current advanced cardiac life support and current pediatric advanced life support, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from: immediate registered nurse supervisor, Director of Nursing School, and RN or CRNA co-worker; and submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals of graduate study. Applicants must have at least one year of experience as a registered nurse in a critical care area. Minimum overall grade point averages of 3.0 overall and in required prerequisite undergraduate courses are required. A personal interview is conducted by the admissions committee comprised of faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint and Hurley Medical Center.

Approximately 20 students per year are admitted into the two-year clinical track leading to the Master of Science in Anesthesia and the ability to take the certifying exam for CRNA’s.

Drug-Free Learning Environment

To assure a drug-free learning environment which provides the public with safe anesthesia care, the Anesthesia Program has adopted a policy which prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of an illegal and/or controlled substance and/or alcoholic beverages. Anesthesia students will have a drug/alcohol screen along with their entrance physical examination as required by Hurley Medical Center. Drug/alcohol screening may be requested of a student at any time during the program if there is cause to believe that substance abuse is affecting a student’s ability to perform his/her duties.

Admission Criteria

  1. Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan.
  2. Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or other appropriate bachelors degree (such as a BS in Biology) from an accredited institution
  3. Minimum of one year experience in acute care as an RN, preferably in the critical care nursing area (such as SICU, MICU, CCU or ER).
  4. Professional academic competence confirmed by three letters of recommendation from: immediate registered nurse supervisor, Director of Nursing School, and CRNA or RN co-worker.
  5. Overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum average of 3.0 in the required prerequisite undergraduate courses (or their equivalents).
  6. Submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals for graduate study.
  7. Personal interview to be conducted by faculty of the UMFlint/ Hurley Medical Center Anesthesia Program.
  8. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS) and current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
  9. GRE Scores.
  10. Application Fee.

Academic Prerequisites for the University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center MS in Anesthesia Program (24 Month Track)

Students are required to complete the following undergraduate prerequisites* prior to admission into this track: 

A.     A semester of General or Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 261 ; CHM 260  preferred, lab strongly recommended).

B.    CHM 220 , Organic Chemistry (or equivalent).

C.    Completion of 1 or 2.

        1.  BIO 135 BIO 167 BIO 168 .

        2.   BIO 111 , BIO 326 , BIO 432 .

D.    One course in statistics.

E.      MTH 111 , College Algebra, or demonstrated competence through the math placement test.

*If pre-requisites are greater than 10 years old a recent repeat of Organic Chemistry and 1 course in Anatomy and Physiology is required. 

Complete information about the clinical is available at the Office of Graduate Programs or the Health Sciences and Administration Department. For further information on the application process and for a program plan schedule see the Prospective Student Guide. Applications for this program may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Programs.


Grading System

See “Graduate Study“  for grading scale.


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