Nurse Anesthesia

Resources / Announcements

DNP-A application deadlines: July 1st for class beginning the next year. Completed early applications will be given preference for
interviews. Interviewees will be notified by August 1. Interview dates for 2017 are August 22, 24, 29 and 31. Candidates
will be notified of admission status by October 1st. Apply online today at www.applyweb.com/tcug/.


All students accepted in the TCU advanced pain management program will attend a one day required orientation on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, TX. Students will meet the program administrators, faculty, and administrative staff in person. We will cover expectations, clinical requirements, and documentation of clinical experiences.

August 14, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

TCU Campus, Annie Bass Building Room 1001

Attire: business casual

Bring a laptop computer and power cord that will be used for course work during the program


TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia in partnership with American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to offer Post-Graduate Advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Program.


Frequently Asked Application Questions


Recommended reading for applicants and others interested in nurse anesthesia


Program Statistics


Student Handbook / DNP-A Project Guides


The School of Nurse Anesthesia office is located in Suite 3101 on the third floor of the Annie Richardson Bass building.

Curriculum / DNP-A Degree

The DNP-Anesthesia is a thirty-six month program designed for the post baccalaureate RN seeking certification in anesthesia and doctoral education.

Phase I

Phase I consists almost entirely of on-line courses, classroom and laboratory work.  It begins each January and is completed in 20 months. During this period, students earn fifty-two (52) graduate credit hours. In order to begin Phase II of the program, students must complete Year 2 (see below) within twelve (12) months. In the event of emergencies, students may be granted a leave of absence.

Distance Option

The first year spring and summer sessions are on-line and are designed for working RNs. All students must be in residence during the fall semester of year 2. Students may arrange to complete the 2nd year spring and summer semesters of Phase I by distance programming at sites that offer this option. Classes are presented via live video-broadcast and are supported on-line. At least two students per site must elect this option in order to make programming feasible; once initiated for a group of students, distance programming will continue as long as needed by that group. A fee per credit hour is assessed to cover broadcasting costs in year 2 (No students at distant sites are assessed broadcast fees during Phase II.).

Phase II

Upon completion of Phase I, students must immediately enter Phase II. This phase of the program begins in late August and lasts approximately sixteen (16) months. During this time, the student’s learning is built upon the material covered during the first phase of the program. Phase II is primarily a clinical residency, although the student returns to the classroom on a weekly basis for extensive clinically related study. Phase II ends in December. At the end of Phase II, the graduate is awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and becomes eligible to write the National Certifying Examination for Nurse Anesthetists given by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Graduates who successfully complete this written examination are eligible to be Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Phase II consists of the actual administration of general and regional anesthesia with qualified clinical instructors (anesthesiologists and/or anesthetists). Weekly classroom sessions consist of clinical conferences and seminars addressing with current topics including, but not necessarily limited to, respiratory, cardiovascular, thoracic, neurosurgical, regional, obstetrical, pediatric, and special areas of anesthesia. Various special projects and competency examinations are administered throughout this phase.

Phase II courses are offered in concurrent sequences. Each set of courses, e.g., NRAN 60572 and 60583, must be taken together and successfully completed prior to beginning the next set of courses.

Phase I Curriculum (55 hours)

  • Spring Semester – 6 credits
  • NRAN 60113 Research and Theory in Nurse Anesthesia*
  • NRAN 81123 Biostatistics for the Advanced Health Practitioner*
  • Summer Semester – 6 credits
  • NRAN 81153 Emerging Sciences, Complexity & Innovation in Health Care
  • NRAN 81233 Decision Science and Informatics*
  • Fall Semester – 16 credit hours
  • NRAN 81243 Translational Research*
  • NRAN 60123 Physical Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • NRAN 60134 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRAN 60146 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I
  • Spring Semester – 15 credit hours
  • NRAN 60213 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology III
  • NRAN 60224 Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthetic Agents
  • NRAN 60235 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II
  • NRAN 81443 Advanced Health Assessment: Anesthesia Focus
  • First Summer Session – 6 credit hours
  • NRAN 60316 Principles of Anesthesia Practice I
  • Second Summer Session – 6 credit hours
  • NRAN 60416 Principles of Anesthesia Practice II

*On-line

Phase II Curriculum (32 Hours)

  • Fall Semester – 8 credit hours
  • NRAN 60572 Advanced Pathophysiology and Clinical Management I
  • NRAN 60583 Clinical Residency I
  • NRAN 88080 Advanced Clinical Project
  • Spring Semester – 8 credit hours
  • NRAN 60672 Advanced Pathophysiology and Clinical Management II
  • NRAN 60683 Clinical Residency II
  • NRAN 88080 Advanced Clinical Project
  • First and Second Summer Sessions – 8 credit hours
  • NRAN 81353 HealthCare Policy & Politics
  • NRAN 60782 Clinical Residency III
  • NRAN 88080 Advanced Clinical Project
  • Fall Semester – 8 credit hours
  • NRAN 60972 Clinical Concepts
  • NRAN 60983 Clinical Residency IV
  • NRAN 88080 Advanced Clinical Project

These academic courses are accepted as Continuing Education by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas for Type I credit (If audited, contact the School of Nurse Anesthesia Director for instructions).

Resources / Announcements

DNP-A application deadlines: July 1st for class beginning the next year. Completed early applications will be given preference for
interviews. Interviewees will be notified by August 1. Interview dates for 2017 are August 22, 24, 29 and 31. Candidates
will be notified of admission status by October 1st. Apply online today at www.applyweb.com/tcug/.


All students accepted in the TCU advanced pain management program will attend a one day required orientation on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, TX. Students will meet the program administrators, faculty, and administrative staff in person. We will cover expectations, clinical requirements, and documentation of clinical experiences.

August 14, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

TCU Campus, Annie Bass Building Room 1001

Attire: business casual

Bring a laptop computer and power cord that will be used for course work during the program


TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia in partnership with American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to offer Post-Graduate Advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Program.


Frequently Asked Application Questions


Recommended reading for applicants and others interested in nurse anesthesia


Program Statistics


Student Handbook / DNP-A Project Guides


The School of Nurse Anesthesia office is located in Suite 3101 on the third floor of the Annie Richardson Bass building.