With the highly specialized field of nurse anesthesia it is not surprising there are fewer places to study. In Texas there are four universities/colleges where CRNA or DNP programs are available. They offer between 2-4 degree programs and have over 420 graduates each year.
With the excellent earning potential in this area CRNA’s have the potential to have very successful, fulfilling careers – nurses in Texas earn consistently higher salaries that most other US states.
However by 2021 all new nurse anesthetists must hold a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) as the old master’s degrees is being phased out.
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Universities Offering CRNA or DNAP Programs in Texas (TX)
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan Street,Fort Worth, TX 76105
Texas Wesleyan University offer RN-CRNA programs over various campus’s in addition they offer Entry-Level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice and a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program for qualified CRNA’s which is 100% on-line.
Areas Of Practice
All students must attend the Fort Worth Campus for the first part of their studies but can choose from 9 facilities for clinical practice and completion of the course.
1. Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth
1400 8th Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Baylor All Saints is a large non-profit medical center. It accepts only 3 students per cohort. Each student should expect to be involved with an average of 720 cases before graduation which can include general surgery, neuro, ENT, cardiac and transplants
2. Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75246
Baylor is a University Medical Center with 1,000 beds. It accepts 2 students per cohort. Students can expect to be involved with approximately 750 cases before graduation, including working within the trauma and the heart transplant centers.
3. John Peter Smith Hospital
1500 S Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
JPS averages 17,500 anesthetics per year and accepts 5 students each cohort who can be expected to be involved with 920 cases before graduation including endovascular and robotic cases. JPS is a large, publicly funded community hospital.
4. Plaza Medical Center
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Plaza is a large private hospital and takes in 2 students per cohort. It is a 320 bedded center with a heart center and 4 cardiac theaters and 4 cath labs. Each student will have an average of 760 cases prior to graduation.
5. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Harris Methodist is a726 bedded facility and a Level 1 trauma center with both cardiac and orthopedic centers. There are 12-15 students per cohort with an average of 700 cases before graduation.
6. Texas Tech University Health Science Center
3601 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79430
Texas Tech is a regional trauma leader that averages 14,400 anesthetics per year. It is a University Medical Center with 364 beds. It accepts only 2 students per cohort who would be involved with approximately 700 cases before graduation.
7. UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390
UT Southwestern Medical Center is a large non-profit 452 bedded center. The 2 students per cohort can expect to be involved with 916 cases prior to graduating.
8. VA Medical Center
4500 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216
The VA Medical Center is a 853 bedded teaching hospital with 15 operating rooms and an average of 7,400 anesthetics per year. It accepts 2 students per cohort who would be involved with 900 cases prior to graduating.
9. Valley Baptist Medical Center
2101 Pease St, Harlingen, TX 78550
Valley Baptist is a 416 bedded teaching hospital that sees an average of 13,000 anesthetics per year. It accepts 10 students per cohort who can expect to be involved with 765 cases before graduation.
Nursing Schools offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice Anesthesia (DNAP) in Texas:
10.Texas Christian University
School of Nurse Anesthesia
Fort Worth, TX 76129
11.U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
3490 Forage Road
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
12.Baylor College of Medicine Houston
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, Texas 77030
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