Master of Science Nurse Anesthesia

Are you a registered nurse looking to become a nurse anesthetist? The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is a rigorous program that prepares you for a rewarding career as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The program consists of two parts: Phase I, extensive academic preparation and Phase II, sixteen months of full time, hands on clinical residency. Once you complete your degree, you are eligible for the National Certification Examination and licensure as a CRNA.

Our website is designed to help you explore our nurse anesthesia programs. Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for more detailed information, official updates and university policies.

Program Overview

Currently, the program is 28 months in length and is divided into two phases. Phase I is 12 months in length and consists entirely of classroom and laboratory instruction. An exception to this is that some distance education students obtain hands-on clinical experience at their clinical site during the summer semesters of Phase I in place of some of the on-campus laboratory experiences. Phase II is 16 months in length and is primarily clinical instruction with one didactic course taught each semester.


Program Delivery

Long Distance Option
The Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia offers two different, Council of Accreditation (COA) approved, long distance education options.

Option 1:
Students assigned to Primary Clinical Sites outside of the Fort Worth-Dallas metropolitan area may have the option to take Phase I Spring and Summer courses at assigned Primary Clinical Site. This option requires permission of the Program Director and the Primary Clinical Site Clinical Coordinator (not all clinical sites offer this option). Classes that are held at Texas Wesleyan are broadcast over video teleconferencing equipment. The broadcast is interactive (2-way audio and video). Arrangements are made to proctor tests at the distant site. A minimum number of 2-3 students per site must choose this option in order for it to be implemented at a particular clinical site. A Long Distance Fee of $80 per credit hour is charged (subject to change without notice). All students that choose this option are required to take Fall Semester courses on the Wesleyan campus in Fort Worth. If you are interested in this option, contact the Program Director or Admissions Coordinator.

Option 2:
As of June 15, 2004, the Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia was approved by the COA to offer the entire didactic curriculum via the interactive video system to select primary training facilities at sites distant to the Fort Worth area. To participate in this option, the site chosen must be on the list of sites selected by the Program Director to offer this option. A minimum number of 2-3 students per site must choose this option in order for it to be implemented at a particular clinical site. A Long Distance Fee of $80 per credit hour is charged (subject to change without notice). Students selected to participate in this option must attend classes on campus in Fort Worth for the first two weeks of the fall semester and two weeks during the spring semesters. If you are interested in this option, contact the Program Director or Admissions Coordinator. A student may take distance education courses at his/her assigned clinical training site. A student may not take distance education courses at a clinical site where he/she is not assigned.

Readmitted students must take all fall and spring classes on campus at Texas Wesleyan University. The option to take summer course at the student’s newly assigned clinical site will be determined at the end of the spring semester by the Program Director.

Students who are completing their Phase I coursework on campus may request to visit a Primary Training Site and participate in the long distance education for a short period of time. Permission must be obtained from the Program Director or Assistant Director (or designee) and the Clinical Coordinator at the Primary Training Site.

Clinical Sites


A clinical coordinator facilitates clinical education in the hospital setting. Each coordinator is responsible for all aspects of clinical education for the nurse anesthesia residents. Clinical sites and contact personnel/information are subject to change without notice. The primary sites and clinical coordinators are:

Alabama: Melissa Kellam, CRNA
Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
Mobile, Alabama

Arkansas: Morel Belk, CRNA
501-280-6540 (pager)
Baptist Medical Center
Little Rock, Arkansas

Northeast Arkansas Anesthesiologists
Michael Young, MD
Cassandra Kelley Massey, CRNA, DNAP
St Bernard’s Regional Medical Center
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Rich Reis, CRNA
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Colton, California

Steve Ebeling, CRNA
Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, Colorado

Stephanie May, CRNA
University of Colorado Hospital
Denver, Colorado

Deborah Hellings, CRNA
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Tallahassee, Florida

Greg Antonoplos, CRNA
Capital Regional Medical Center
Tallahassee, Florida

Amy St. John, CRNA
Wesley Medical Center
Wichita, Kansas

Eric Evert, CRNA
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Topeka, Kansas

Jeff Arlinghaus, CRNA
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center
Edgewood, Kentucky

Blake Jones, CRNA
Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
Alexandria, Louisiana

Jason Alexander, CRNA
Jason Jarrett, CRNA
LSU Medical Center
Shreveport, Louisiana

Dusty Daigle, CRNA
Glenwood Regional Medical Center
West Monroe, Louisiana

North Dakota:
Laura Filler, CRNA, DNAP
St. Alexius Medical Center
Bismarck, North Dakota

Maureen Parrot, CRNA
Good Samaritan Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Ryan Rivard, CRNA
Bethesda North Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Jim Osler, CRNA
Jewish Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cindy Snyder, CRNA
Miami Valley Hospital
Dayton, Ohio

Nick Cheatham, CRNA, MSNA
Baylor All Saints Health System
Fort Worth, Texas

Dianne Pearson, CRNA
Harris Methodist Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas

Shawn Miller, CRNA, MSNA
Hendrick Medical Center
Abilene, Texas

Ron Wyatt, CRNA
John Peter Smith Hospital
Fort Worth, Texas

Thomas Flores, CRNA
Plaza Medical Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Delores Padgett, CRNA
Valley Baptist Medical Center
Harlingen Anesthesia Associates
Harlingen, Texas

Lee McClelland, CRNA
V.A. Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Margaret McGarry, CRNA
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

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.

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required 21 days from receipt of the official acceptance letter for admission. This deposit will be used to cover the cost of background checks and drug screening; the remainder will be applied to the first semester tuition.

The following approximate amounts are in addition to Texas Wesleyan University’s tuition/fees:

Health insurance   variable
Textbooks   $2,500
Laptop Computer   $1,500
Program application fee   $50
SEE Exam fee   $125
Review Course (Optional)   $675-1100
Background checks   $100
Drug Screen   $100
Graduation fee   *$100
Pre-cordial monitoring stethoscope   $20
Custom molded earpiece   $75
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Associate membership   $100
Initial certification fee (approximate)   $800
Peripheral nerve stimulator   $150
Name tag   $10
Stethoscope   $75
Advanced Nurse Practitioner endorsement   $75-200
Housing during rotations   variable
RN licensure during rotations   variable
Secure testing location for MHS students   variable
Travel and lodging for rotation sites   variable

Most costs are estimates and are subject to change without written notice.

The student is responsible for all books, supplies, and equipment as required by instructors.

*The graduation fee must be paid even if the graduate does not participate in the commencement ceremony.

The RRNA is provided with operating room attire during clinical instruction.

Most students will be required to rotate to enrichment health care facilities to meet all clinical requirements for graduation. Rotations may be local to or distant from the student's primary site. If a student rotates to a distant site, all costs including transportation, licensure, and housing may be the student's responsibility. Rotations to enrichment sites may be up to four months in length (total time) during Phase II and the student is encouraged to budget accordingly.

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

Lenee Griffin, Secretary
Phone: 817-531-4406
or 1-800-720-2762
Fax: 817-531-6508
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

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