Admissions, Application, Information Sessions
Nurse Anesthesia: Application for Sept. 2018 enrollment
Revised March 22, 2017
Detroit Mercy's Nurse Anesthesia program was ranked No. 10 (of 115) Nurse Anesthesia programs nationally in 2016.
For more information tailored to applicants – check out the sections below.
The Admissions Committee goal is to enroll 22 students once each year in September. Applications are accepted year-round, though there is an Oct 31 deadline to be considered for the following September. Our applicants are Registered Nurses with Bachelor of Science degrees (usually in Nursing), who have a year or more of acute care experience. Generally this is intensive care unit experience, but other types of experience are also considered on an individual basis. Accepted applicants begin coursework in September. Orientation is held prior to enrollment. Observation and simulation experiences are scheduled in the first term. Clinical experience begins during the second semester.
What is the deadline for admission?
The deadline for application to be considered for September 2018 admission is Oct 31, 2017. Applications for September 2017 enrollment are closed.
- We are now accepting applications for September 2018 enrollment.
- Please read through all instructions on this page before you apply. All documents will be submitted online.
- All supporting materials must be uploaded not later than October 31, 2017.
Application deadline- October 31, 2017 (for September 2018 enrollment)
Email notification of interview status- by December 24, 2017
Interview dates- Late January 2018
Acceptances offered-- 1-2 weeks after interview
What are the admission requirements?
The master's program is targeted to outstanding Registered Nurses with critical care experience who possess a baccalaureate degree. Requirements include:
- Graduation from an accredited (NLNAC or CCNE) nursing program.
- Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or appropriate science degree. A bachelor's degree in a natural science is accepted. Examples are Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biology, or Physics. If you have another degree, your past academic background is individually considered for predictors of success in our program, such as a strong science background and good performance.
- Minimum of one year recent experience (within the last 5 years) as a professional registered nurse in a critical care area in the Unites States, in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. Direct patient contact is required.
- The requirement for critical care is that you have experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care area, with emphasis placed on invasive hemodynamic monitoring, ventilatory care and pharmacologic management. The preferred areas (with the greatest preference first) are: SICU (Surgical Intensive Care), MICU (Medical Intensive Care), CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care), PICU/NICU (Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care). Applicants have also been accepted whose experience is primarily in the Emergency Room, provided they can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators and critical care pharmacology.
- Professional/academic competency attested by three letters of recommendation submitted directly to us by the recommender.
- Have the online recommendations filled out by an academic reference (e.g. a professor in your BSN program), your current immediate supervisor (charge nurse or nurse manager) in critical care, and a colleague who is a CRNA, physician or RN, and is familiar with your critical care skills.
- For Nurse Managers and Colleague recommendations: We are interested in an assessment of the applicant's critical care nursing skills, personal characteristics (maturity and readiness for a difficult program of study), and degree of professional development as a Registered Nurse.
- For Nursing School Academic references: We are interested in whether the applicant is recommended for further study as a graduate student.
- A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
- Undergraduate coursework: Transcripts should reflect one undergraduate course taken within the last ten years, with a grade of B or above, in each of the following topical areas: Inorganic chemistry, Organic (or Bio-) chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Research Methods.
- Submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals of graduate study.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
- Current unencumbered licensure as a professional registered nurse in Michigan, or ability to obtain the same.
- Applicants must demonstrate they can meet the technical standards published in our handbook, and complete the application process as directed here including filling out and signing the Statement of Accuracy form.
- We do not accept ACLS certification obtained online.
- We no longer require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- We expect that applicants will shadow a CRNA during the application process (prior to interview) to learn more about the specialty and help them determine if nurse anesthesia suits them.
- Once accepted, enrollment is contingent on successfully passing a health and drug screening as well as a criminal background check, and remaining in critical care until enrollment. Policy and forms for criminal background check and drug screening are on the web site.
How do I apply?
Please follow the instructions below. We do not accept paper applications.
- First, fill out the online application. Start by clicking “APPLY NOW”. Be sure to:
- Choose Graduate application, Application type 2018, Fall term 2018 as the admission term, and Nurse Anesthesia as the planned course (i.e., major field of study).
- List all colleges and universities attended since high school on the online application (that way, we will know what transcripts to expect). Do this BEFORE you Submit.
- List all three recommenders BEFORE you Submit the application.
- We do not require GRE or any other test scores to be submitted.
- If you have them ready, you may upload your curriculum vitae (which contains your work experience – see directions below), and your personal essay, while you are filling out the application. If the essay and CV are not ready as you fill out the application, you will be able to upload it later, as you visit the admissions portal.
- Recommendations: Three online forms are required (1 academic, 2 clinical).
- Be sure to choose “NUR/CRNA” as recommendation type for all three.
- List all three recommenders complete information before you submit.
- As you add each recommender, please scroll down and respond to the privacy statement by waiving your rights to see the recommender’s responses.
- The academic reference should come from a full time faculty member from your nursing program. One of the two clinical references should come from your current ICU nurse manager. The other should come from an RN colleague, but could also come from a CRNA or physician who is familiar with your critical care skills.
- If your recommenders are having trouble receiving the email with the recommendation form, please contact CHP Director of Academic Affairs Claudia Rowland at email@example.com or 313-993-1762.
- Your recommenders must fill out the online form. A separate letter is not necessary. However, if the recommender wishes to send a letter in addition to the required online form, they may upload it along with the form they fill out.
- If you were previously enrolled in a Nurse Anesthesia program, your former program director must also provide a reference directly to us. You must also upload a statement detailing the circumstances which caused them to leave the prior program.
- Application Certification- Be sure to agree to all three statements. If you need to provide additional detail, you may upload documents by visiting the personal admission portal.
- Once you submit your application, you receive an email with a link to enter the personal admission portal. Please take note of the login and password for the portal. You will need to visit in order to:
- Upload supplemental application materials
- Verify that all your materials have been received
- You will upload the following to the personal admission portal:
- Copy of current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license. Ordinarily this is a Michigan RN license. If you are licensed in another state, please upload that state RN license. A Michigan RN license must be in your file before enrollment.
- Please request official transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended after high school. These must be original transcripts sent directly from the institution. Faxed, scanned, sealed and mailed from you, or sealed and hand-delivered are not accepted. So please plan ahead – even local institutions can take weeks to process transcript requests. You will be able to see the transcripts we expect, and the dates we received them in the portal. If you have attended Detroit Mercy in the past (as an undergraduate or graduate student), you must still request that an official transcript be sent by the Detroit Mercy Registrar to the program. This is because, according to federal law, only you have the right to control this information and the program cannot access it, you must direct that it be sent to us.
- Electronic transcript submission is preferred. Please send to ROWLANCL@udmercy.edu
- Have paper transcripts sent to: Claudia Rowland/Health Professions, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W McNichols Road, Detroit MI 48221-3038
- A professional autobiography in essay form delineating personal goals of graduate study. Please address the following in not more than 2 pages (single-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins): Briefly describe your critical care nursing experience during the past five years. Mention briefly your roles and responsibilities, what types of patients you care for, and the size and location of your ICU. How do you perceive the role of the nurse anesthetist? Why did you select nurse anesthesiology as a career choice? Why did you select the University of Detroit Mercy program? What do you feel you have to offer the profession of nurse anesthesiology?
- Your curriculum vitae. Include your complete education and employment history (after high school). Guides and links for preparing your CV may be found at: Preparing a Curriculum Vitae. We are particularly interested in a good chronologic history of your critical care experience. For each, be sure to include:
- Name of Hospital
- Type of ICU
- Date started/ended (month and year)
- Full time or Part time (hrs/week)
- Manager's name
- Copy of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. NOTE: We do not accept ACLS obtained online.
- Copy of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). This is not required by the admissions deadline, but we must have it before enrollment. Please consider scheduling this course early. It is not offered as frequently as ACLS.
- If you have ever enrolled in a Nurse Anesthesia program in the past, your former program director must provide a letter, sent directly to us.
- Note: If you have applied before, or if any of your documents such as transcripts have a different name on them, it is very helpful if you indicate this on an uploaded cover letter.
Occasionally, the Admissions Committee has questions or needs clarification regarding your clinical experience, or your transcripts. They may contact your references (or the institutions of higher education you have attended) directly for clarification.
When applying, keep in mind:
- CRNA School Search is the only up to date, authoritative source for obtaining (or comparing) information about all US nurse anesthesia programs. It is compiled by COA (the accreditor for all US programs).
- Please keep us informed of your current email address throughout the process. We use email as a primary means of communicating with you. Please note that some applicants have had problems with reliability of "free" email services (i.e. missing email we sent). We do not follow all email communications with a letter or phone call. So please be sure you choose a reliable email provider.
- Attend an information session for clarification of any questions.
- Apply at least 2-3 months before the October 31 deadline. This allows time for transcripts and recommendations to arrive. We will consider all complete applications received before (with all supporting documents received by) the deadline. During November and December, we determine if an interview should be scheduled. It is not possible to make a decision to interview an applicant whose documents are missing, incomplete, or not in accord with the instructions to applicants (e.g., missing transcripts or letters of recommendation, or pre-requisite coursework not completed by deadline).
- Ensure that supporting documentation is sent/uploaded before the deadline.
- We review all applications received in November. We contact all applicants by December 21 (approximately), indicating whether we will be granting an interview or not.
- The top candidates meeting or exceeding admission requirements will be granted an interview (normally held in late January, but this may vary from year to year). The Admissions Committee goal is to notify all applicants of their decision within two weeks after the interviews. Applicants are either accepted, accepted as alternates, or their application is denied.
- After they receive notice from the Admissions Committee, accepted applicants confirm their intention to enroll in writing, and by submitting a deposit ($1,000, which is non-refundable and applied to the first term tuition).
- First, fill out the online application. Start by clicking “APPLY NOW”. Be sure to:
Admissions: Frequently asked questions
See Frequently-Asked Questions - Admissions for further information.
Contact us by mail, email, phone, or fax today.
If you are re-applying...
If you are re-applying, please re-submit your online application for the term of enrollment, and re-submit everything.
What is the postal address?
Electronic transcripts are preferred to ROWLANCL@udmercy.edu Please send paper transcripts to:
Nurse Anesthesia Attn: Claudia Rowland
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit MI 48221-3038
Who should I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, email or call Mike Dosch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-993-2454. Please note: you can determine easily for yourself what we have received. There is a personal admission portal where you can check on the progress of your application. Login, and you will see which transcripts, recommendations, and other documents have been received.If you have questions about how the admissions requirements apply to your circumstances, you should read this page and site carefully. Then you should plan on attending an information session (maps and schedules).
Please note that all pre-requisite course work must be completed by the Oct. 31 deadline. If you are completing your BSN, this must also be completed by the Oct. 31 deadline.
The following courses are pre-requisites:
- You should have one course in the area of Anatomy and Physiology, taken within the last ten years and with a course grade of B or better. If you went to Detroit Mercy, this would be BIO 2300 or BIO 2320. If you went elsewhere, or need to retake the course for age or grades, look at the equivalency table.
- You should have two courses in Chemistry, each taken within the last ten years and with a course grade of B or better. If you went to Detroit Mercy, this would be CHM 1015 Chemical Principles, and CHM 1025 Intro Chem for the Health Sciences. Note: We want to see actual course work completed (placing out is not sufficient). If you went elsewhere, or need to retake the course for age or grades, look at the equivalency table. When we review transcripts, we are looking for a two-course sequence in Chemistry, which would typically be taken by health science students.
- You should have Research Methods content. If you have a BSN from an accredited institution, you have this (even if your transcript does not show a separate course with "Research Methods" in the title).
It is common for people to repeat pre-requisite coursework for age or grades. You may retake courses where you wish.
Is pre-admission testing required?We do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We use past academic performance (cumulative undergraduate grade point average) as our primary means of predicting success in graduate school.
Is nurse anesthesia education something I can afford?The cost for the entire program (tuition and fees) is $61,978 for 2017-18. See estimated costs. These costs are payable in equal installments, thus, the cost is approximately $8,854 for each of 7 terms (full time 27 months); or $6,107 for each of 10 terms (part time, 39 months).
We strongly discourage working while in graduate school, as the time comittment for the program is 60-65 hours per week.
Our students are fortunate in that financial aid is readily available. For a full-time student, the September-April average annual award is as follows: Michigan tuition grant $2000, Stafford unsubsidized loan $10,000, and private alternative loan $3,000. There are additional awards for summer term. Financial Aid is available from the Federal government for all graduate students (e.g. Stafford Loans), and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships, which are grants for senior students in nurse anesthesia programs. Federal grants are renewed each year by Congress, so the availability and amount varies from year to year.
Accepted applicants should begin the process by contacting the University Financial Aid Office (313-993-3350) as soon as they are notified of acceptance. One of the first steps is to begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is optimum to have financial aid forms completed by April 1 of the year in which you will enroll.
Student Health Insurance
Please note that health insurance for students is available for purchase through Specialty Risk Inc. Information regarding a basic injury and illness insurance plan is available at the Student Health Insurance web page, including description of coverage and costs, which are quite affordable.
- If you reside in the U.S., and are a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, you may apply online.
- If you reside outside the U.S., but currently hold a TN visa allowing you to work in the U.S. as a registered nurse, you may also apply online.
- You do not need to submit financial documentation. A work visa waives this need.
- After you complete the application form, refer to the section on this page (above), entitled "How do I apply?" to determine what materials to submit with your application.
- The program requires that you have all non-US transcripts evaluated by a recognized educational credential evaluation service. Please arrange for transcript reports to be sent directly to the Detroit Mercy Nurse Anesthesia Program.
- We require a certified course-by-course evaluation of all required academic transcripts and diplomas performed by a recognized educational credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES: http://www.wes.org/) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE: http://www.ece.org/).
- Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received. In order to be considered for admission, the foreign transcript evaluations will need to be received by the nurse anesthesia program by the Oct. 31 application deadline.
English Language Requirements:
If English is not your first language, or if you have not successfully completed a four-year degree program from an accredited U.S. school, you are required to take Detroit Mercy's own academic English language proficiency test upon arrival at the University. Go to the International Student Office for more information. Demonstration of spoken English proficiency may also be required.
Learn more about the program
- Accreditation- we are an accredited program.
- Curriculum- 27 and 39 month options, how classroom and clinical are integrated. Course descriptions may be found in the current Graduate Catalog.
- Time Commitment
- History- our program started in 1941.
- Our Philosophy, Beliefs, and Values
- Maps and websites for all our 20+ clinical rotations
- Policy Handbook
- About Detroit - I like living in Detroit. There is a lot more going on here than you might think!
- For Alumni
- Senior Seminar - we welcome a crowd of 200 alumni and friends to a 5 hour continuing education seminar in November each year. Many applicants find it valuable to attend. They get a chance to meet current students, faculty, and alumni. It's a great chance for applicants to get a window into our world.