The Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia is committed to the promotion of excellence in the nurse anesthesia profession through education, research, and healthcare.
The Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia provides a comprehensive graduate learning experience for registered nurses in the practice of administering all forms of anesthesia in preparation for assuming roles as qualified nurse anesthetists. The 36-month program culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Baylor College of Medicine.
The program is divided into two phases: an 18-month didactic experience and an 18-month clinical practicum. The didactic phase consists of coursework in the basic and clinical sciences, healthcare delivery and policy, translational research, leadership and management. The clinical phase provides extensive clinical education in the provision of general, regional, and local anesthesia. Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
The College also offers advanced standing in the DNP program for master's-prepared Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. CRNAs with advanced standing complete a 24-month curriculum designed to accommodate working professionals. Most of this curriculum is offered in an online format with limited on-campus time required. Upon completion of the program, CRNAs will receive a DNP degree.
The application process begins each year in February. All applications must be submitted no later than July 1. Applications will be reviewed during the summer and selected applicants will be invited to interview in August. Invitations to enroll in the program will be issued following the interview date. The program begins in January.
Since the program's inception, 278 entry-into-practice nurse anesthesia students have graduated from the College. The most recent class of DNP graduates completed the program in December 2013. All of these graduates received offers of employment after graduation and all passed the National Certification Examination on the first attempt. The attrition rate for the cohort was 20 percent. The five-year attrition rate for the program is 6.7 percent. In addition to the entry-into-practice graduates, 16 students have completed the post-master's curriculum and received DNP degrees. Our alumni provide clinical care in a variety of settings throughout the U.S. Our graduates are highly recruited and are exemplary representatives of the College.
The Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL, 60068, (847) 655-1160. The program's next accreditation review by the COA is scheduled for May 2014. In addition, the College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.