As a CRNA student at Texas Wesleyan University, you’ll need to be on campus in Fort Worth Texas for the first 12 months of the program. After that, however, you can complete the program at one of their 19 clinical facilities spanning 9 states.
If you’re considering applying here, it will be a much easier process than at many other schools. Because it’s the largest program in the nation, they have streamlined their site and made information very easy to find.
I’ve attempted to summarize it here with some of the quick facts to help you compare it to other schools you’re considering.
Texas Wesleyan University
Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia Building
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Michele Ardigo DNP, CRNA
Tommie Kates, Coordinator of GPNA
Lisa Graham, Admissions Coordinator
CRNA Degree offered at Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Wesleyan offers two degrees for nurse anesthesia:
Entry level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree and a DNAP online completion program.
This page will discuss only the Entry level DNP program.
36 months, full time
92 credit 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 2018-2019 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: $10,120
Grand Total: $110,216
Here are the calculations: Texas Wesleyan lists tuition for this program at $1,088 per credit hour. At 92 credits, the total tuition is $100,096 (1,088*92). Fees ($78 per credit hour) + Technology fee ($32 per credit hour) = (78+$32)=110 fees and expenses * 92 credit hours = $10,120. + $10,120 + $100,096 = total tuition of $110,216
The tuition total seen above has been taken directly from the school’s website.
Number of Applicants
460 apply, but not all applicants meet the minimum requirements. Only 300 are generally interviewed.
Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
Front Loaded Program
The first 12 months of Phase I all students will be required to study at our main campus in Fort Worth, Texas. For the last 4 months of Phase I, you have the option to stay at our main campus or finish at your assigned clinical site.
Next to each clinical site, you’ll see how many students are assigned to that clinical site per cohort. Check the program’s website to see see how big each hospital/ clinical site is, and how many cases the average student is given prior to graduation.
- Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, Mobile (6 students)
- Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock (4-6 students)
- St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro (4-5 students)
- Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton (10-15 students)
- Denver Health Medical Center, Denver (3 students)
- Wesley Medical Center, Wichita (8 students)
- Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Topeka (2-3 students)
- LSU Medical Center, Shreveport (15 students)
- CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck (4 students)
- Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton (4 students)
Texas: (30% of students will complete clinicals in Texas)
- Dallas, Texas: Dallas V.A. Hospital (2 students)
- Dallas, Texas: Baylor University Medical Center (2 students)
- Dallas, Texas: UT Southwestern Medical Center (2 students)
- Fort Worth, Texas: Baylor All Saints Health System (3 students)
- Fort Worth, Texas: Harris Methodist Hospital (12-15 students)
- Fort Worth, Texas: John Peter Smith Hospital (5 students)
- Fort Worth, Texas: Plaza Medical Center (2 students)
- Harlingen, Texas: Valley Baptist Medical Center (10 students)
- Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Health Science Center (2 students)
CRNA Program Requirements
Required Bachelor Degree
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.
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.
Minimum of one year of full-time critical care experience. 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.
GPA of 3.0 or greater (Overall or last 60 hours)
Science GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred.
GRE scores, combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 strongly preferred.
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) required
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Complete a college-level chemistry course (no lab required) with a grade of B or higher within three years of your program start date
- Recommended course: General Chemistry I or II, Organic Chemistry I or II, or BioChemistry
- Complete a college-level algebra course with a grade of B or higher
- A statistics course cannot be substituted for algebra
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked 54 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read 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
- Texas Wesleyan: 91.2 (5 year average)
- National Average: 87%
MSNA Program Completion Rate (2013-2017)
5 year average: 88.6%
The new CRNAs have a 100% employment rate within six months of passing the NCE.
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Texas
In Texas, CRNA salaries range from $140,000-$170,000.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $169,450 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 study)
All information given on this site about Texas Wesleyan University’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was taken directly from their Website.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated January 27th, 2019.*
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