Because of its distance learning option, Texas Wesleyan University’s CRNA program can be completed in 9 different states! Within the 9 states, there are 20 different clinical facilities.
In comparison to most CRNA School websites, Texas Wesleyan University offers an abundance of information about their program.
In an attempt to save you time, I’ve boiled it down to what I feel would be most helpful to you in choosing between this program and another. Most information has been summarized, some has been omitted.
Texas Wesleyan University
Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia Building
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Debra Maloy, CRNA, MHS, Director
Lenee Griffin, Secretary
Toll Free: 1-800-720-2762
Lisa Graham, Admissions Coordinator
CRNA Degree offered at Texas Wesleyan University
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is the only degree offered at Texas Wesleyan University that is an entry program for RNs. Both the Master of Health Science and the DNAP require that you be a CRNA already.
The Master of Science and the Master of Health are virtually the same. The only difference is that the MHS does not require Phase II (clinical experience), as it is intended for current CRNAs who lack a Master’s degree.
28 months, full time
66 semester hours
Priority enrollment is Sept 15. They will accept your application after this date, but will start allocating seats once interviews start Oct 15-Jan 31.
Entire Program Cost of CRNA School at Texas Wesleyan University.
Please note that tuition is calculated at the 2016-2017 rate. Tuition at most schools increases slightly each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay 5-15% more than what is shown here. It is often difficult to calculate tuition.
Fees & Expenses: $15,833
Grand Total: $81,305
This total includes all of the expense listed on their website minus the living expenditures.
*Financial Aid Grand Total: $140,477 This includes tuition, fees, books, living expenditures, and other miscellaneous costs.
*Note: This total includes living expenditures. We normally do not include these costs since they can vary dramatically from person to person, however, the tuition totals listed on the Texas Wesleyan University website includes tuition, fees, books, living expenditures and other costs as one number. The tuition total seen above has been taken directly from the school’s website.
120-135 for the MSNA.
Number of Applicants
460 apply to the MSNA, not all applicants meet the minimum requirements. Only 300 are generally interviewed.
Are you concerned Texas Wesleyan University’s CRNA 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).
Didactic Curriculum Phase I
Phase I begins each fall at Texas Wesleyan University and is completed the following August. During this period, you must complete 42 graduate credit hours with a 3.0 GPA in order to begin Phase II.
Long Distance Option
The Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia at Texas Wesleyan University offers long distance education options. Contact the school directly to get all the details.
Clinical Curriculum Phase II
Phase II begins the third Monday in August and lasts approximately sixteen (16) months. While Phase II is mostly clinical, you’ll return to the classroom once a week for extensive clinical related study.
This classroom time will include clinical conferences; journal club; and seminars dealing with current topics including, but not necessarily limited to, respiratory, cardiovascular, thoracic, neurosurgical, regional, obstetrical, pediatric, and special areas of anesthesia.
Because of Texas Wesleyan University’s emphasis on outcome based nurse anesthesia education,
you’ll be expected to:
- submit a minimum of 50 written anesthesia care plans
- assess the patient pre-operatively before creating each care plan
- complete a post-operative evaluation on each patient you are actively involved with
- document each visit and assessment on the patient’s anesthetic record
- take a minimum of 650 cases
During your clinical rotation, you’ll gain experience in a Recovery Unit, Holding Unit, Anesthesia Department Management, Surgical Satellite Pharmacy Unit, and Other locations as available.
Since most primary training facilities do not meet all clinical requirements for graduation, you’ll need to complete a specialty rotation somewhere else.
In order to do this, you may need to relocate for one or two months in order to complete your specialty rotation. While some hospitals will provide housing during this time, others may not. All travel expenses are your responsibility.
If the rotation site is in another state, you’ll need to pay for RN licensure in that state as well.
Primary Clinical Sites
- Mobile Infirmary, Mobile
- Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock
- St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro
- Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton
- Denver Health Medical Center, Denver
- University of Colorado Hospital, Denver
- Wesley Medical Center, Wichita
- Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Topeka
- CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria
- LSU Medical Center, Shreveport
- St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck
- Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton
- Dallas, Texas: Dallas V.A. Hospital
- Dallas, Texas: Baylor University Medical Center
- Dallas, Texas: UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Fort Worth, Texas: Baylor All Saints Health System
- Fort Worth, Texas: Harris Methodist Hospital
- Fort Worth, Texas: John Peter Smith Hospital
- Fort Worth, Texas: Plaza Medical Center
- Harlingen, Texas: Valley Baptist Medical Center
- Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) – for RN & BS prepared applicants
Looking for something specific? Find CRNA schools categorized by their unique requirements.
Some CRNA schools require much more out of their applicants than others. See how the requirements at Texas Wesleyan University compare to most CRNA school’s requirements.
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
A baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited college or university
Current R.N. license in one of the fifty states. License must be unrestricted; free from probation, suspension or stipulations.
A minimum of one calendar year of full-time current experience as an R.N. in an intensive care patient setting (within 3 years of admission). The minimum one-year experience must be complete by February 1st of the year you wish to enter the program. Two or more years experience is strongly recommended.
Acceptable critical care experience includes:
- Adult ICU is preferred
- Pediatric ICU
*The ICU experience must be obtained at a U.S. military hospital or a hospital located in the United States or U.S. territories.
They do not accept:
- ER (Emergency Room)
- PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
A minimum science GPA of at least 3.0 (overall or last 60 hours) is required for admission consideration.
An official copy of the GRE (the University’s institution code is 6828)
You need to meet 2 or more of these 4 requirements: Combined total GRE score in verbal and quantitative sections of 1000 or greater under the GRE scoring system prior to August 1, 2011 or a combined score of 297 or greater under the GRE scoring system after August 1, 2011. The analytical writing section is required; a score of 3.5 or greater is preferred. An overall GPA of 3.0 or greater (all college/university coursework)A GPA of 3.0 or greater for the last 60 hours of university/college coursework. A GPA of 3.0 or greater for all science coursework (a minimum science GPA of 2.5 is required for consideration regardless of the other GPAs or GRE scores)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) is encouraged for 1st time applicants and required for reapplication
CRNA Educational Requirements
- College level Chemistry course within 3 years of admission
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – U.S. News & World Report (2011)
2.4 out of 5.0. Ranked 72 out of 107 CRNA schools. This is a great improvement from the “no rank” they received in 2007.
*Please note: CRNA rankings are bias and subjective. Read disclaimer about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Texas Wesleyan University Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2011. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2021. This shows that the program is in full compliance with the COA’s accreditation standards at the time of the review.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Texas Wesleyan University for 2015
- Texas Wesleyan: 89.3%
- National Average: 85%
MSNA Program Completion Rate
The new CRNAs have a 100% employment rate within six months of completing the MSNA program.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Texas
Texas CRNA salaries range from $140k-$170k.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $163,467 (according to a 2008 study)
Rural average: $174,214
Metropolitan average: $164,148
Suburban average: $156,630
Average starting CRNA salaries range from: $110,000-$130,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
The time commitment at Texas Wesleyan University’s Nurse Anesthesia program is approximately 64 hours during a seven-day week. This may vary from week-to-week and clinical site-to-clinical site. This time commitment includes study time. One hour of classroom time generates two hours or more of study time. The clinical day, on average, involves 10 to 12 hours in the hospital.
Clinical Hours and Call Schedule
Clinical students (RRNAs) are scheduled 5 shifts per week on the average. Shifts are typically longer than 8 hours. RRNAs are on a rotating call schedule and should expect to work 40-70 hours per week on the average.
If call is taken from home, this will be viewed as committed time and the RRNA will be given the next day off even when not called back into the hospital.
Phase 1: You’ll get all Texas Wesleyan University holidays and semester breaks including: Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year, Easter, Independence Day, and Martin Luther King Day. You’ll also be given time to relocate to your primary clinical site between Phase I and Phase II.
Phase II: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. These may not be given on actual holiday.
May I work as an RN while in the program?
As with most CRNA programs, employment is discouraged. It is allowed, however, as long as it does not interfere with Texas Wesleyan University CRNA program commitments.
*This page was updated September 30th, 2016.*
Did you find an error on this page? Please report it here