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BSN to DNP-A Program

The TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia offers a three-year BSN to doctorate of nursing practice-anesthesia (DNP-A).  This is an 87 credit hour program that begins each January with 20 months of coursework. In the first eight months there are online courses in decision science, informatics, complexity theory, and research. In August, you’ll report to the TCU campus for one year of courses in pharmacology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, translational research, and experiences in the Human Patient Simulation Lab. The course work is followed by a 16-month hospital-based clinical residency under the guidance of clinical instructors who are expert nurse and physician anesthetists.

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Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Program

The TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia offers a one-year post-masters certificate program in advanced pain management for nurse anesthetists, which includes an online classroom component and a clinical component, in which students gain hands-on clinical experience at one or more clinical sites. You’ll gain a holistic understanding of pain management. In some cases, a return to normal and healthy regulation is not possible, and the goal will be to provide comfort, hope and meaning to the patient.

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AA-C Bridge to DNP-A Program

The TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia offers an AA-C to DNP-A program for certified anesthesiology assistants (AAs) who desire to become certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).  The program of study is essentially the same as the existing BSN to DNP-A program, although the total length of the bridge program for AAs may vary from 29-36 months.  This will be dependent on an individual’s  progression during the clinical residency and the number of courses the AA-C is able to earn credit by examination.  The AA-C may receive credit by examination for a maximum of 40 credit hours.  Eligibility is determined by the AA-C’s Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) results.  The SEE must be taken in the first 8 months of the program.  A SEE score of 450 or higher is required in order to receive approval to then test out of the didactic courses in the second 12 months of the program.  See AA-C Bridge to DNP-A curriculum for full details.

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