Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

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Our master's nurse anesthesia program is the largest in the nation — but when you get here, it won't feel that way.

We have expert professors who are here to communicate with you directly, not through a T.A., no matter where you're taking classes. You won't get that in every CRNA program with distance-learning options.

You’re ready to become an independent practitioner. Our RN to CRNA program gets you there.

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the intellectual and professional knowledge and skills for successful completion of the program requirements.

Nursing Experience & Licensure

  1. Current unrestricted RN license that is valid within one of the 50 states or U.S. territories
    • License must be free from probation, suspension or stipulations
  2. An appropriate state RN license is required for Phase II training
  3. Minimum of one year of full-time critical care experience by Feb. 1 of the year of your planned start date
    • Pediatric ICU experience is accepted for the requirement
    • Must be within three years of your planned start date
    • Must be from a hospital in the U.S., U.S. territories or at a U.S. military hospital
  4. Current Advanced Life Support Certification (ACLS) Certification
  5. Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) Certification

Education & Test Scores

  1. Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university
    • Because this is a competitive program, your nursing degree must have included clinicals and degrees must come from institutions that use a traditional grading system
  2. GRE scores, writing included (Reporting code: 6828)
  3. GPA of 3.0 or greater (Overall or last 60 hours)
  4. Complete a college-level chemistry course (no lab required) within three years of your program start date
    • If you've passed a college-level chemistry course, but it's older than three years of your program start date
      • You can take a continuing-education course at the college of your choice—including us, and send us your transcript by July 15
    • If you haven't passed a college-level chemistry course
      • You'll need to take the course and send us your transcript by July 15
  5. Texas Wesleyan accepts applications for readmission into the MSNA program from only Texas Wesleyan students.

Other Requirements

  1. Personal essay in which the applicant demonstrates their professional development as a Registered Nurse in critical care and how they have prepared for an advanced practice role as a nurse anesthetist
  2. Professional interview in which the applicant demonstrates their critical care knowledge and professional development
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Texas Wesleyan's MSNA program is highly competitive. Ability to meet the admission requirements stated doesn't guarantee your admittance to the program.

You will rank your clinical facility preferences when you apply, but sites are assigned on a competitive basis. Test scores, references and interview performance are taken into account during the application process, and the students who rank highest are assigned sites first.

Are you ready to take the next step and fill out your application? We'll walk you through the process step by step.

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When are the priority dates?

Mark these important dates on your calendar. Submit your application and paperwork by the priority date to have the best chance of securing a seat in the program.

  • Priority application: Sept. 15
  • Interviews: Oct. 15-Jan. 31
  • Notifications: Feb. 1-12
  • Credentialing: March 23
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What are my distance-learning options?

We offer three types of learning options, two distance and one at the main campus. All students can choose to complete phase I at the main campus, but if Fort Worth, Texas is too far away from home, one of our distance-learning options might be a better fit.

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What are clinicals like?

CRNA students must participate in 650 cases spread out over many different specialties, types of anesthetics and patient demographics. Rotations are usually one-to-two months long and usually cover the following areas:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Cardiac (open heart) and neuro surgery
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Rural practice
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School of Health Professions

Location: 1201 Wesleyan St.
Phone: 817-531-4406
gpna@txwes.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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