Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Are you a nurse anesthetist with a master’s degree? Build on your skills with a practice doctoral degree in the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education programs approves our program, which helps build your management and leadership skills.

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Program Overview

The Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program provides Master’s level prepared Nurse Anesthetists with advanced studies that leads to a Practice Doctoral Degree. The program is designed to provide scientific enhancement of the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s (CRNA) current knowledge and to develop administrative skills in both management and/ or nurse anesthesia education. The program provides advanced studies in the interrelationships of Pathophysiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, study of management theory, educational administration and an advanced research project. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete the 38-45 credit hour programs on a part-time basis in three years or two years as a full-time student.

The program builds upon the scientific and leadership knowledge and skills that the student gained during their Master’s Degree nurse anesthesia education as well as from their professional practice experience gained as a nurse anesthetist. The successful student will develop advanced, in-depth scientific knowledge concerning the disease processes and treatment modalities and strengthen the leadership, administrative and management skills beyond that gained at the Master’s level.

Two foci are offered in the program, and students may choose to complete one or both:

Education Administration

The education administration courses will provide the knowledge not offered in most Master’s level CRNA curriculums. With the development of clinical doctoral programs for advanced practices nurses, both in anesthesia and other advanced nursing specialties, the need for doctoral prepared program administrators is great. The goal of the education specialty focus is to prepare the CRNA to administer a doctoral level program, including curriculum development and assessment.


The management focus courses will provide the knowledge necessary to advance into administrative roles in the anesthesia department/group or other areas in the clinical facility as well as the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to create and operate an anesthesia group. These skills will include budget management and the contract and legal issues associated with the creation of a business.


Program Delivery

Course Delivery
The program will use an asynchronous online delivery method. Online classes will use various methods of delivery including video lectures and more traditional internet based delivery. Course offering will be phased in over a three year period with all courses being offered in the third year. Blackboard will be the platform used for password protected access to and delivery of each course. The University outsources Blackboard service to a private corporation, Embanet. Embanet provides 24 hour customer service; seven days per week to all students enrolled in Texas Wesleyan University courses and will continue to provide this service for new degree course offerings. The courses will be offered as distance education classes only without any on-campus offerings.

Computer Requirements and Technical Issues
The student must have access to a computer that will provide email, Internet access and a printer. Class materials may be posted online. Accessing and printing class material is the student’s responsibility. The student will be required to check their course website as per course instructor. The computer should be less than two years old, compatible with Blackboard online systems. Technical support for Blackboard will be provided 24 hours per day; seven days per week by the University’s Blackboard provider, Embanet. Embanet’s Technical Assistance telephone number will be provided to all students enrolled in Blackboard courses.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees for a full-time graduate student are set by Texas Wesleyan University and can be found in the Expenses section of the Graduate Catalog.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available through Texas Wesleyan University Graduate Financial Aid Office, 817-531-4979.

Contact Information

Graduate Programs of Nurse
Anesthesia Building
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76105

Chris Lewis, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 817-531-4248
or 1-800-720-2762
Fax: 817-531-4258
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

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