Texas Christian University Harris College CRNA School

Texas Christian University Harris College CRNA School

School of Nurse Anesthesia
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 298626
Fort Worth,
TX 76129

Contact Information:

Phone: (817.257.7887)
Email: K.Sanders@tcu.edu Url: Website


Kay K. Sanders

Program Summary:

TCU’s School of Nurse Anesthesia offers a 36-month doctoral anesthesia program which begins every January and includes 20 months of intense coursework. While in the program the students take 8-months of online courses in science, informatics, complexity theory, and research. Once August arrives the nurse anesthesia students go to the TCU campus and take 12 months of courses in pharmacology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, translational research, and also have access to the Human Patient Simulation Lab. After the didactic portion is completed anesthesia students undergo a 16-month hospital based clinical residency. The nurse anesthetist students gain clinical education while under the direct supervision of clinical instructors including expert nurse and physician anesthetists. Turn your nursing degree into an Advanced Practice Nursing Degree (APRN) by learning how to successfully gain admission into anesthesia school. Are you interested in knowing how to become a nurse anesthetist, well you're in luck, checkout our CRNA career guide called “CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts.” You will become familiar with every important aspect of the application process. You will also be shown how to find CRNA programs and most importantly how to get into CRNA school. Our amazing ebook program is overflowing with tips and strategies that you can use to ace the anesthesia interview. Our CRNA career guide has been used by thousands of CRNA school applicants.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 2004
Ranking: 2.6 out of 5.0
Class size: 60
Attrition Rate: 6%
Tuition: approx. $85,000
National Certification Exam (NCE)
1st Time Pass Rate: 97% (2012)

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or an appropriate Bachelor degree from an accredited school or college Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year experience in adult critical care, or equivalent; two years recommended
    Accepted: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care, and Neurosurgical Intensive Care.
    Not Accepted: those not listed above
  • GPA: Weighted GPA 3.0 or greater
  • GRE: Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative > 302 on new scale or > 1100, writing 4.0 or better)
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    BLS (Basic Life Support)
    CCRN (recommended)




This CRNA school interview most likely will be a “meet and greet” unless they feel like you may not have the clinical experience that they would like. There are two rooms that they split applicants into. You will be interviewing with a panel that consists between 5-7 people. This CRNA school will ask a lot of questions that help them decide what kind of person are you. They really don’t want people with attitudes or think they know it all. I know people who failed to get into TCU’s CRNA school because of this. Stay humble and don’t try to over due it. Be ready to answer personal questions and prepare ahead of time. Over all this is a pretty easy interview in regards to difficulty of questions.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



36 months


In the first 8-months there are on-line courses in decision science, informatics, complexity theory, and research. In August, students report to the TCU campus for 12 months of courses in pharmacology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, translational research, and experiences in the Human Patient Simulation Lab. The course work is followed by a 16-month hospital based clinical residency.

Clinical Sites:

Veterans Memorial Hospital
Alaska Native Medical Center
All Saints Baylor Medical Center
American Legion Hospital (Crowley)
Baton Rouge General
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital
Baylor University Medical Center
Clear Fork Surgery Center
Cook Children’s Medical Center
East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg
East Texas Medical Center Quitman
East Texas Medical Center Winnsboro
Harris Methodist Fort Worth
Harris Methodist Southwest
Heart Hospital of Lafayette
Hillcrest Medical Center
Huguley Memorial Medical Center
John Peter Smith Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Riverside
Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Surgical Center
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Loma Linda Veterans Administration Hospital
Memorial Health Center of Lufkin
Navel Medical Center San Diego
North Texas Surgery Center
Odessa Regional Medical Center
Oklahoma Surgical Hospital
Our Lady of Lourdes
Palo Pinto General Hospital
Paris Regional Medical Center
Parkland Hospital
Plaza Medical Center Fort Worth
Providence Memorial Hospital of El Paso
Sacred Heart Hospital
Southwest General Hospital
St. Francis Medical Center Tulsa
St. Joseph Medical Center
Tampa General Hospital
Texoma Medical Center
Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Winnsboro
United Regional Healthcare System (Wichita Falls)
University Medical Center Brackenridge
University Medical Center Lubbock
University of Texas Medical Branch

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools