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.
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.
I love that BCM is so student focused. You are not just a number in this program everyone cares about your success and your well being. The faculty said on day one, "come to us and we will help you" and the students have the same attitude.
Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Baylor College of Medicine ensures you have the knowledge, experience, and support to realize your professional goals. The combination of didactic, simulation, and clinical experiences along with dedicated faculty have made our program one of the top in the nation.
- One hundred percent of our graduates have passed the National Certification Examination. Eighty-eight percent of our most recent graduates passed the exam on their first attempt (compared with 84.1 percent nationally). Over the past five years, 95 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
You will train in diverse clinical settings that provide rich inter-professional educational experiences and ensure exposure to the full range of career opportunities open to CRNAs.
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.
DNP Program Mission
The 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. Graduates will embrace innovation, technology, and evidence-based approaches within a culture of lifelong learning.
DNP Program Values and Vision
Values: Integrity, Advocacy, Service, Lifelong Learning, Excellence
Vision: The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia will be recognized as an exemplar of nurse anesthesia education.
The Baylor College of Medicine Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5603, (224) 275-9130. Please see the College's accreditation webpage to view all Baylor accreditation information.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We foster diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care.
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As part of Baylor College of Medicine, one of the leading health sciences universities in the nation, our students benefit from interdisciplinary learning with students and faculty from other Baylor programs and schools as well as the vast array of services and resources that support the mission, vision and values of the College.
School of Health Professions
The Doctor of Nursing Practice–Nurse Anesthesia program is under the auspices of the Baylor College of Medicine School of Health Professions. Visit the school’s site to learn about other programs offered, academic and support services available to students, view the School of Health Professions Student Handbook, school-related news and events and more.