Doctor of Nurse Practice – Nurse Anesthesia

As anesthesia specialists, CRNAs provide care to patients before, during, and after surgical, obstetrical, and diagnostic procedures. Baylor College of Medicine is ranked second in the nation for nurse anesthesia programs by U.S. News & World Report. For RNs with a BSN degree or higher, the curriculum is 36 months in length. Master’s prepared CRNAs who are granted advanced standing can complete the curriculum in 24 months, most of it online with limited on-campus time required. The application process begins each year in February. All applications must be submitted no later than July 1. 

Physician Assistant Program

PAs are important members of the care team in the full range of healthcare settings from the neonatal intensive care unit to long-term care facilities. Once trained as a PA, you may choose primary care or another specialization without additional training. Baylor College of Medicine is ranked first in TX and third in the nation for physician assistant programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our students have consistently outperformed the national mean score and first-time pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam since 1973. Our location in the heart of the world’s largest medical center affords the opportunity for students to train in a number of settings. A mix of public and private institutions and community-based facilities provides a rich exposure to patients and families from many cultures and ethnic groups.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Orthotists and prosthetists are members of the rehabilitation team, and are instrumental in assessing mobility challenges and providing solutions. This process often includes the hands on creation and fitting of a specialized prosthesis or orthosis to support or replace the portion of the body that has been compromised. Ours is the only program in the country with an integrated residency. With over 90 clinical training sites, the diversity of training opportunities and patient populations our students have access to allows a breadth of experience that is unique to Baylor.

Genetic Counseling Program

Genetic counselors provide risk assessment, education, and support to individuals and families at risk for, or diagnosed with, a variety of inherited conditions. As part of the healthcare team, genetic counselors also interpret genetic testing results, provide supportive counseling, and serve as patient advocates. Genetic counselors work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, genetic testing laboratories, research studies, public health, insurance companies, and many other areas of healthcare. Baylor College of Medicine’s combined track record in exceptional training programs for health professionals and in genetics clinical care and research uniquely position our program to offer students experiential learning opportunities not available at other genetic counseling training programs.


As noted in the Baylor College of Medicine Diversity Policy, we embrace diversity among our students, trainees, faculty and staff.

Our students are selected from highly competitive applicant pools. Applications are received from individuals located throughout the United States.

Our admissions procedures vary by program. The Physician Assistant Program generally selects students in January and begins classes in late June each year. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia selects students in early fall and begins classes in January each year. The Orthotics and Prosthetics Program selects students in February and begins classes in late June each year. The Genetic Counseling Program began accepting applications in the fall of 2017 for enrollment in the September of 2018. 

Successful Completion to Degrees

  • Successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program leads to a Master of Science degree.
  • Successful completion of the Nurse Anesthesia leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
  • Successful completion of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program leads to a Master of Science degree.
  • Successful completion of the Genetic Counseling Program leads to a Master of Science degree.
  • Graduates from all programs are eligible for national certification and state licensure.

As an academic component of Baylor College of Medicine, Health Professions programs are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, AMA/AAMC. Visit our Accreditation website for more information,