A Brief History of the Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia

In 1947, a certificate program in nurse anesthesia was founded at Harris Hospital. The Harris Hospital School of Anesthesia affiliated with Texas Wesleyan College in 1982. At that time Texas Wesleyan awarded a Master of Health Science to students completing Phase I in the Harris Hospital Methodist Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia.

In 1986, Texas Wesleyan College assumed control of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Harris Methodist Fort Worth was the first primary clinical site. St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, became the second primary clinical site in 1989. Currently there are over 25 primary clinical sites in eleven states.

The mission of the Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia is to teach and contribute to the science and art of anesthesia at the master’s and doctoral level by placing strong emphasis on academics for all students and rigorous clinical training for entry level students. We strive to foster an environment where student learning is encouraged and actively supported. We endeavor to graduate individuals with a strong working knowledge of the health care environment and who are highly qualified anesthesia providers.

We invite you to explore the three programs that we offer.


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