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Master of Science Curriculum

Reviewed March 20, 2017

Detroit Mercy has a rigorous, high-quality curriculum leading to a Master of Science with a Specialization in Nurse Anesthesiology. The classroom instructors ensure our students are prepared for success on the Board exam (our first-attempt pass rate over the last 12 years is greater than 93%). The clinical instructors give the student the skills and flexibility to provide high-quality nurse anesthesia care in any setting. One hundred percent of our graduates find positions upon graduation.

This page gives the full-time (27 months) and extended curriculum (39 months, sometimes called "part time"- see below on this page for a discussion of time commitments).

Full-Time (27 month) Track

The listing includes course number, title, and credit hours. These credit hours are based on four-month terms. For example, BIO5380 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. ANE5300 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation is offered online.

Term 1 Fall

BIO 5380 Physiology I (4)
ANE 5600 Pharmacology I (4)
BIO 5420 Gross Anatomy (2)
BIO 5440 Gross Anatomy lab (2)
ANE 5490 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I (3)
ANE 5491 Advanced Health Assessment (1)
16 credits

Term 2 Winter

BIO 5390 Physiology II (4)
ANE 5610 Pharmacology II (4)
ANE 5500 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I (4)
ANE 6010 Clinical Internship I (1)
ANE 5700 Principles of Regional Anesthesia (2)
15 credits

Term 3 Summer

ANE 5510 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II (4)
ANE 5300 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
PYC 5030 Statistics (3) (may be taken prior to enrollment or any term before Term 5)
ANE 6020 Clinical Internship II (1)
11 credits

Term 4 Fall

ANE 5520 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III (2)
HLH 5500 Research Methodology (3)
ANE 5100 Professional Aspects (2)
ANE 6030 Clinical Internship III (1)
8 credits

Term 5 Winter

ANE 6990 Master's Project (3), or Elective (3); see below
ANE 6100 Seminar (1)
ANE 6040 Clinical Internship IV (1)
5 credits

Term 6 Summer

ANE 6110 Pathophysiology Review (1)
ANE 6050 Clinical Internship V (1)
2 credits

Term 7 Fall

ANE 6120 Seminar (1)
ANE 6060 Clinical Internship VI (1)
2 credits

Total credits = 59

Students may elect to perform a research project. In this case they will choose ANE 6990 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 59 credits (same number as the 27 month track) are taken in 39 months (10 terms). 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 to 21 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 takes BIO5420, BIO5440, BIO5380, BIO5390, PYC5030, HLH5500, and possibly their elective in their first 12 months.

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