The Baylor College of Medicine Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia produces future generations of professional nurse anesthetists who are leaders in clinical practice, as well as healthcare research, education, and policy. The program is designed in two tracks including a BSN-DNP track for RNs desiring to become CRNAs and a MS-DNP track for masters-prepared CRNAs desiring to obtain the DNP degree.


Registered nurses enrolled in our program complete two phases. The 18-month didactic experience covers basic and clinical sciences, healthcare delivery and policy, translational research, leadership and management. The 18-month clinical practicum provides exceptionally diverse clinical training 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 of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

MS-DNP Track

We also offer 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 the required coursework in 24 months. The schedule of classes is designed to accommodate working professionals. Most courses are offered in an online format and you will only need to come to campus three times. Upon completion of the program, CRNAs will receive a DNP degree.

Why Baylor?

Our program ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. Why do we deserve this ranking?

• One hundred percent of our graduates have passed the National Certification Examination. Ninety-four percent of our most recent graduates passed the exam on their first attempt (compared with 84.8 percent nationally). Over the past five years, 97 percent of our graduates have passed the NCE on their first attempt and the remainder on their second attempt.

• One hundred percent of our most recent graduates had employment upon graduation

• Faculty who are leaders of their profession 

• State-of–the-art simulation provides real world experience

Our location in the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex, is also a key factor in our ability to create a top-ranked program. You will train in diverse clinical setting that ensure exposure to the full range career opportunities open to CRNAs. The TMC is also home to diverse educational programs, providing rich inter-professional educational experiences.

Don’t take our word for why we are the best place for you to reach your professional goals. Hear directly from our students how their experiences at Baylor College of Medicine are preparing them for their careers of choice.


The Baylor College of Medicine Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-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. In May 2014, we were awarded 10 years of continued accreditation. Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine. Visit the College's accreditation webpage.