Apr 07, 2020  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anesthesia (MS)


Anesthesia Program information    

The Master of Science in Anesthesia is offered through the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences 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 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, induction and maintenance of 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.


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. A minimum of 3.0 grade point average overall and in the required prerequisite undergraduate courses is required. A personal interview is conducted by the admissions committee comprised of faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint and Hurley Medical Center.

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.

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

Drug-Free Learning Environment 

To assure a drug-free learning environment, the Anesthesia Program prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal and/or controlled substances and/or alcoholic beverages. Anesthesia students will undergo 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.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.

Prerequisites (24 months)

The following undergraduate prerequisite courses must be complete prior to admission to the program.  If more than 10 years old, a recent repeat of Organic Chemistry and a course in Anatomy and Physiology are required.

A. General and Organic Chemistry

C. Statistics

  • A course in statistics

D. Mathematics

One of:


Sixty-three (63) credits as follows: