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Entry-Level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Go from RN to CRNA

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 DNAP priority deadline has been changed to Sept. 1, 2020. We'll accept applications after this date, but we'll start allocating seats when interviews start. The final application deadline will remain Dec. 1, 2020.


Our graduate nurse anesthesia program is the largest in the nation — but when you get here, it won't feel that way.

We have expert professors who are here to communicate with you directly, not through a T.A. You won't get that in every CRNA program.

You’re ready to become an independent practitioner. Our RN to CRNA program gets you there.

Online Info Session

Join an admissions counselor in an online information session. They will answer all your questions about our entry-level Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program. Start your journey from RN to CRNA and sign up for an online info session today.

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What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the intellectual and professional knowledge and skills for successful completion of the program requirements.

Nursing Experience & Licensure

  1. Current unrestricted RN license that is valid within one of the 50 states or U.S. territories
    • License must be free from probation, suspension or stipulations
  2. An appropriate state RN license is required for Phase II training
  3. Minimum of one year of full-time critical care experience
    • Must be within three years of your planned start date
    • Must be from a hospital in the U.S., U.S. territory or at a U.S. military hospital
  4. Current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification (ACLS) Certification
  5. Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) Certification
  6. CCRN required

Education & Test Scores

  1. Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university
    • Because this is a competitive program, your nursing degree must have included clinicals and degrees must come from institutions that use a traditional grading system
  2. GRE scores, combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 strongly preferred (Reporting code: 6828)
  3. GPA of 3.0 or greater (Overall or last 60 hours)
    • Science GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred
  4. Complete a college-level chemistry course (no lab required and no Intro to Chemistry or non-science major classes accepted) with a grade of B or higher within three years of your program start date
    • Send us your transcript by June 1 of the year you start the program
    • Recommended course (Choose One): General Chemistry I or II, Organic Chemistry I or II, or BioChemistry 
  5. Complete a college-level algebra course with a grade of B or higher
    • Send us your transcript by June 1 of the year you start the program
    • A statistics course cannot be substituted for algebra

Other Requirements

  1. Personal essay in which the applicant demonstrates their professional development as a registered nurse in critical care and how they have prepared for an advanced practice role as a nurse anesthetist
  2. Professional interview in which the applicant demonstrates their critical care knowledge and professional development
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Texas Wesleyan's nurse anesthesia program is highly competitive. Ability to meet the minimum admission requirements stated doesn't guarantee an interview or admittance to the program.

You will rank your clinical facility preferences when you apply, but sites are assigned on a competitive basis. Test scores, references and interview performance are taken into account during the application process, and the students who rank highest are assigned sites first.

Students of other nurse anesthesia programs are ineligible for admission.

Are you ready to take the next step and fill out your application? We'll walk you through the process step-by-step.

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What are my work experience requirements?
  • A minimum of one year of full-time critical care experience is required and must be within 3 years of your program start date
  • ER, PACU, flight nurse and acute care nurse experience will not meet the requirement
  • Applicants must have their CCRN
What pre-requisites must I have?


  • All students must have a college-level chemistry class with a grade of B or better within 3 years of your program start date-there are no exceptions
  • A lab is not required for Chemistry

Chemistry course recommendations

  • We recommend taking general chemistry, organic chemistry or biochemistry to fulfill the requirement
  • We will not accept any courses that are labeled as “Intro” to chemistry, or courses for non-science majors


  • All students must have a college-level algebra course with a grade of B or better (there is no time limit on Algebra)
  • Statistics cannot be substituted for the algebra requirement
When are the priority dates?

Mark these important dates on your calendar. Submit your application and paperwork by the priority date to have the best chance of securing a seat in the program.

  • Priority application: Sept. 1 (the year prior to start date)
  • Interviews: October
  • Final deadline: Dec. 1
  • Final interviews: January 
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What are my clinical site options?

We have 19 different clinical sites in 9 different states. You'll select your clinical site preference during the application process.

For the first 12 months of Phase I, all students will be required to study at our main campus in Fort Worth, Texas. For the last 4 months of Phase I, you have the option to stay at our main campus or finish at your assigned clinical site.

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What are clinicals like?

As a CRNA student, you must participate in a minimum of 800 cases at your clinical site. These cases must be spread out over many different specialties, types of anesthetics and patient demographics. Rotations may be necessary to meet your clinical requirements. They're one to two months long and usually cover the following areas:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Cardiac (open heart) and neuro surgery
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Rural practice

The clinical portion of this program is 20 months long. During this phase, you'll spend four days a week in clinical and one day a week in the classroom.

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A career in this field has specific eligibility standards to sit for a licensing exam. Before you start your degree, read our ineligibility policy.

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