Texas Wesleyan University Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia
Texas Wesleyan's nurse anesthesia program provides it's anesthesia students a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia as well as a Doctorate. For now, this CRNA program is 28 months in length and is divided into two different phases. Phase I is consists of 12 months of classroom and laboratory instruction. However some distance education students take part in hands-on clinical experience. This is done at their clinical site during the summer semesters of Phase I which takes place of part of the on-campus laboratory experiences. During the Phase II portion of the anesthesia program students undergo 16 months of clinical instruction while taking one didactic course each semester. Are you wanting to learn how to get into CRNA school or maybe you need to learn how to ace the anesthesia interview. If this is you please checkout our CRNA career guide called “CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts.” All the vital aspects of the nurse anesthetist application process are covered. Our ebooks will enable you to start preparing for CRNA school and most importantly how to become a CRNAl. This awesome ebook program is stacked with tips and strategies that will allow anyone to find CRNA degree programs and create a stellar professional application that you can send in with confidence.
Program created: 1982 Ranking: 2.4 out of 5.0 Class size: 100+ Attrition Rate: approx. 10% Tuition: approx. $70,000 National Certification Exam (NCE) 1st Time Pass Rate: around 90% (over 5 years)
- License: Current unencumbered RN license. BSN.
- Work Experience: Minimum 1 year critical care experience. Accepted: all adult ICU’s, PICU Not Accepted: ER, PACU
- GPA: Meet two or more of the following criteria: a. A combined score of 1000 or greater for the verbal and quantitative sections 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. b. An overall GPA of 3.0 or greater (all college/university coursework) c. A GPA of 3.0 or greater for the last 60 credit hours of college/university coursework d. A GPA of 3.0 or greater for all science coursework. An applicant that has a science GPA of less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission regardless of other qualifications.
- GRE: Meet two or more of the following criteria: a. A combined score of 1000 or greater for the verbal and quantitative sections 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. b. An overall GPA of 3.0 or greater (all college/university coursework) c. A GPA of 3.0 or greater for the last 60 credit hours of college/university coursework d. A GPA of 3.0 or greater for all science coursework. An applicant that has a science GPA of less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission regardless of other qualifications.
- Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) BLS (Basic Life Support) CCRN (recommended)
a. General chemistry, organic chemistry or biochemistry from any accredited college or university will meet this requirement. b. Texas Wesleyan University offers an online continuing education chemistry course during the summer before the program start date that will meet this requirement for selected applicants. c. Although not required, it is strongly recommended that the selected applicant attend a chemistry course identified in “a” above and attend the summer chemistry course identified in “b” above.Interview:
Texas Wesleyan’s CRNA program interviews around 500 applicants every year with about 120 of them getting offered a spot in their anesthesia program. Because of this large volume of applicants they usually have 3-4 different interviews going at one time. Each interview consist of 2-3 interviewers which will either be CRNA instructors, science professors, program director, or lab faculty. When you arrive you will sign in and be instructed to another room where you will watch a 30 min video about their CRNA school and what to expect. It covers everything you could possibly want to know about the program. Once you are finished with the video you interview will begin. Be ready because they get right to it. This is as far from a “meet and greet” interview as you can get. You should expect to spend 45 minutes answering in depth clinical questions regarding, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, and actual anesthesia topics. These interviewers will get you to a point where you just don’t have an answer. My advice is to try and critically think your way through it, but DON’T BS them. They will see right through it and you will look bad. Overall this is a VERY difficult interview.CRNA Program Setup: Classes Start:
Front-loaded. The program consists of two parts: Phase I, extensive academic preparation and Phase II, sixteen months of full time, hands on clinical residency.Clinical Sites:
Alabama Mobile Infirmary Medical Center Arkansas Baptist Medical Center Northeast Arkansas St Bernard’s Regional Medical Center California Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Colorado Denver Health Medical Center University of Colorado Hospital Florida Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Capital Regional Medical Center Kansas Wesley Medical Center Stormont-Vail HealthCare Kentucky Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Louisiana Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital LSU Medical Center Glenwood Regional Medical Center North Dakota St. Alexius Medical Center Ohio Good Samaritan Hospital Bethesda North Hospital Jewish Hospital Miami Valley Hospital Texas Baylor All Saints Health System Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hendrick Medical Center John Peter Smith Hospital Plaza Medical Center Valley Baptist Medical Center V.A. Medical Center Baylor University Medical CenterDisclaimer: 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