University of Detroit Mercy (UDM)
4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit MI 48221-3038
Michael P Dosch, CRNA, Ph.D., Chair, Nurse Anesthesia
ph: (313) 993-2454
fax: (313) 993-1271
Administrative Assistant (For general inquiries about the admissions process only)
CRNA Degree offered
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
27 months, “full time”
There is also a 39 month, extended curriculum option. You can read more information about that option here. This option would reduce your coursework in the first 24 months making it possible to work part-time or full-time for the first 12 months and then, potentially work part-time months 13-24, depending on your energy level.
59 semester hours
Oct 31st is the deadline to be considered for the following September, it is recommended that you apply 2-3 months before the deadline.
Interviews are held in late January (to select students). You’ll know if you’ve been accepted 1-2 weeks after the interview.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2017-2018 rate. Tuition at most schools increases slightly each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is slightly higher than what is shown here.
Cost of Tuition: $61,978
*Fees and expenses: $2,280
Grand Total: $64,258
*This includes the cost of books and supplies, test fees and miscellaneous school expenses.
UDM is a Catholic university that “seeks to educate the whole person – integrating spiritual, ethical and social development.”
Are you concerned that University of Detroit Mercy’s Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
University of Detroit Mercy’s CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
The program is integrated, meaning that clinical experience is intertwined with didactic learning throughout the majority of the program.
Clinical experience begins your second semester, with 16 scheduled clinical hours a week. In the Summer and Fall Semesters, you’ll spend 24 clinical hours per week. The final 12 months of the program (Winter through Fall Semester), you’ll be spending a total of 32 hours in clinical experience.
This progression of clinical time coincides with increasing levels of responsibility. During Semesters 2-4, you’ll be under close supervision. This will progress to general supervision and finally to minimal guidance towards the end (Semesters 5-7).
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Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at the University of Detroit Mercy compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
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 the Program, such as a strong science background and good performance.
Copy of current licensure as a professional registered nurse in Michigan or ability to obtain the same (Michigan license must be in your file before enrollment).
Minimum of one-year recent experience (within the last 5 years) as a professional registered nurse in a critical care area in which you have 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 preferred areas (with the greatest preference first) are:
- Surgical ICU
- Medical ICU
- Cardiac ICU
- Pediatric ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- *Emergency Room
*ER is acceptable if you can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
Emphasized skills include:
- Invasive hemodynamic monitoring
- Ventilatory care
- Pharmacologic management
Note: you may apply to the program before your 1 year ICU experience is complete (as long as it will be complete by the start of the program). However, your chances of being invited for an interview are better if your year is complete by the time you apply.
An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
Minimum GRE scores:
They no longer require GRE but they can review them if you have taken it and would like them to consider your scores
Details about specific requirements for international students are at the University of Detroit Mercy’s CRNA Program website.
- *ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
*Take note that they do not accept ACLS certification obtained online.
During the application process (prior to interview at least) to learn more about the specialty and help you determine if nurse anesthesia suits you.
CRNA Educational Requirements
Make sure that you have one undergraduate course taken within the last ten years, with a grade of B or above, in each of the following areas:
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic (or Bio) Chemistry
- Anatomy and Physiology
- *Undergraduate coursework or content in research methods
*Research Methods content from your BSN is acceptable
It is common for people to repeat coursework for age or grades. You may retake courses where you wish. A general chemistry I, general chemistry II sequence will fulfill the chemistry requirement. A variety of courses would fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirement (for example, one course in anatomy, or physiology, or A&P I, or A&P II).
You may apply to the program before all course prerequisites are met. However, your chances of being invited for an interview are best when all classes are complete.
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #63 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
University of Detroit Mercy Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2015. It was given the maximum of 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2025. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at University of Detroit Mercy
Please note: It is extremely rare for a student at any CRNA school to not eventually pass the exam. Most students who don’t pass the first time pass the second. Very rarely does a person ever take it a third time. This statistic only measures how well the program prepares students to pass the test the first time around.
- First-time test takers: 80% (2017)
- National average (2017): 82.6%
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% (2017) of their graduates find positions within 6 months of graduation.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Michigan
Michigan CRNA salaries are above the national average with an annual mean wage of $188,580
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $169,450 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
Optional Capstone Project
You may choose to either complete a research project or take a three-credit elective class instead.
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week?
When you’re part of the University of Detroit Mercy’s nurse anesthesia program, your time commitment will average 60-65 hours a week, year-round, assuming that two hours of study are required for each class hour. This commitment figure includes time spent in the classroom, in clinical, and in study.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
Working while in school is strongly discouraged unless you are in the extended curriculum program. In that case, you may be able to work for the first 12 months.
Holidays and vacation time
You’ll get the following 9 holidays off each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Easter.
In addition to holidays, you’ll have 20 clinical days off during the program. You must take at least 10 of those days in a 1-week block of time (ex: during Spring Break, week after Christmas, etc.). The remaining 10 days can be taken as individual days.
All information given on this site about University of Detroit Mercy’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their website.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated February 1st, 2019*
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