• Texas Wesleyan University

    Texas Wesleyan University's mission is to develop and elevate each and every student to their potential in their studies as an individual and as a member of their community. Texas Wesleyan has a core focus on nurse anesthesia. The university launched a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner program in the Spring of 2018.

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    • Accreditations COA Accredited
    • Location Fort Worth, Texas
    • Programs DNP, MSN, DNAP, CRNA, NP, Master's, Other
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    Texas Wesleyan University, a private, non-profit university, was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1890.

    Graduate Programs

    • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)
    • Master of Health Science
    • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP)

    Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA)

    The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is a full time, front-loaded, cohort-formatted program that takes 28 months to complete and includes two phases:

    1. Phase 1, the classroom work and academic work will be completed.
    2. Phase 2, the focus will be on clinical practicum and the hands-on portion of the program.

    Those who wish to complete the program outside the state of Texas are able to go to a participating site to complete a portion of phase 1 classes in a distance-learning model. For phase 2 distant learners, students will complete their clinical practicum at their clinical site, with the potential to travel for rotations.

    Those who are accepted have the option to come to the Texas campus for two weeks at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and a four-day weekend in phase 1. Remote classroom learning is then offered through live streaming interactive video teleconferencing in classrooms near the assigned clinical site.

    Another option for distant learners is to come to the main campus, located in Fort Worth, Texas for the first fall semester and one four-day weekend in phase 1. Remote classes will be held live streaming in remote classrooms near the student's clinical site for the remainder of the classes.

    Texas Wesleyan University has 21 primary clinical sites in 9 surrounding states.

    Master of Health Science

    At Texas Wesleyan University, the option for CRNAs to complete a Master’s Degree in a Health Science program is available while they work, fitting into their own personal schedule.

    The Master of Health Science program is designed for CRNAs who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree, therefore it develops and enhances the existing knowledge of practicing nurse anesthetists.

    Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) - ONLINE

    The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) at Texas Wesleyan University is completed 100% online for the CRNA who is Master's prepared.

    The DNAP and the DNP are similar in that they are both doctoral levels of degrees.  Any Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) can earn the DNP, including Nurse Anesthetists. However, the DNAP focuses solely on anesthesia.

    DNAP degree programs are often offered in programs outside of schools or colleges of nursing. This is not all-inclusive.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does it take to complete the Master of Health Science Program?

    As a full-time student, this program can take as little as one year to complete. If attending only part time, this program can take up to six years to complete.

    Do I have to have a DNAP or DNP to be a CRNA?

    If you are a practicing CRNA prior to 2025, you do not have to have a DNAP or DNP and will be grandfathered into the new American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) standards. However, for those who are starting practice in 2022, nurse anesthesia programs will not be admitting nursing students without master’s degrees.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-NP) - ONLINE

    This new online program, launched in the Spring of 2018, complements Texas Wesleyan's reputable nurse anesthesia program, which is the largest in the U.S. with more than 21 clinical sites in 9 states. The program can be completed in as little as three years or as long as seven with online classes and hands-on clinicals.

    Admission (not all inclusive)

    • RN with a BSN from accredited by a federally recognized nurse education accrediting body OR an RN with an Associate degree in nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-level major courses and 2.8 overall
    • Undergraduate Basic Statistics and Research courses with grad of 'B' or higher
    • Unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical practicum experiences will be conducted
    • One year of RN experience
    • Face-to-face or video interview


    The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Health Science, and Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

    Texas Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #64 (tie) in Regional Universities West
    • #33 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #34 in Best Value Schools
    • #74 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia

    NICHE (2019)

    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #99 of 1,592
    • Best Christian Colleges in America #181 of 356
    • Best Small Colleges in America #421 of 997
    • Top Private Universities in America #517 of 975
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #566 of 687
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #608 of 1,591
    • Best Colleges in America #852 of 1,647
    • Best Christian Colleges in Texas #13 of 26
    • Best Small Colleges in Texas #15 of 45
    • Top Private Universities in Texas #21 of 46
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Texas #23 of 25
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Texas #28 of 78
    • Best Colleges in Texas #43 of 81
    • Best Colleges in Dallas-Fort Worth Area #11 of 15

    College Factual ranked Texas Wesleyan University #65 Best Colleges for the Money in Texas (2018-2019).

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