Anesthesia (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

This curriculum is designed for the registered professional nurse (RN) with a baccalaureate-degree in nursing (B.S.N.) or related sciences. The program consists of twenty-four months of full-time didactic study with continuous clinical integration that involves many hospital affiliates: the Detroit Medical Center hospitals (DMC), the Veteran's Administration hospital, and many urban, community, and rural hospitals. The program also has a long-term partnership with the Toledo hospital and St Vincent hospital in Toledo, Ohio, that serve as primary clinical sites for students from the Toledo area. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and satisfactory completion of the undergraduate and graduate prerequisites, and a personal interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee. Applicants will be eligible for an interview only if all the nursing prerequisites are on file. Deadlines for submitting applications are outlined on the program's website. Admission requirements include:

  1. Current licensure as a registered nurse.

  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related science.

  3. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 and in all science courses.

  4. Six semester credits in organic and Inorganic chemistry, taken within ten years prior to application.

  5. Three credits of biology:   microbiology, or anatomy taken within ten years prior to application.

  6. Completion CCRN.

  7. A minimum of ONE YEAR of full-time experience in an adult intensive care (SICU, MICU, CCU) unit within the past two years.

  8. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

  9. A minimum of one in-hospital “shadow” experience by July 1. This can be arranged at your place of work by contacting the chief CRNA in the anesthesia department to schedule a shadow experience.


Students in the Baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia degree program  complete sixty-four credits in professional anesthesia core courses and ten credits in electives, for a total of 74 credits to earn a Master of Science Degree in Anesthesia.

Core Course Requirements

AN 7010Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis3
AN 7020Clinical Anesthesia Practicum II2
AN 7030Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III2
AN 7040Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV3
AN 7050Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V3
AN 7060Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VI2
AN 7100Advanced Pharmacology I3
AN 7110Advanced Pharmacology II 3
AN 7120Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthesia2
AN 7150Principles of Anesthesia I4
AN 7160Principles of Anesthesia II3
AN 7170Principles of Anesthesia III2
AN 7180Electrocardiography in Anesthesia Practice1
AN 7190Advanced Cardiovascular Patho-physiology and EKG1
AN 7240Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology I3
AN 7500Chemistry and Physics for the Anesthetist2
AN 7600Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management3
AN 7620Pulmonary Mechanics and Anesthesia Implications2
AN 7690Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice Review I1
AN 7700Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice and Review II1
AN 7730Process of Teaching2
AN 7780Professional Dimensions3
AN 7800Pain Management for Nurse Anesthetists1
AN 7880Anesthesia Seminar (Max. 5)1
AN 7885Research Design for Anesthesia1
AN 7890DNAP Preparation2
PSL 7010Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture I4
PSL 7030Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture II4


To qualify for the Master of Science degree in anesthesia, all students must complete the required courses and maintain satisfactory cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all courses. The curriculum courses are the same for all students and are offered annually in the same sequence.

Advisors:  Students are assigned a uniform Plan of Work, and the faculty serve as advisors throughout the program including the terminal project or research assignment.

Candidacy:  Students will be advanced to candidacy upon completion of the first semester courses.

Academic Progress: Continuing in the master's program requires satisfactory progress as determined by the individual advisor and program director.