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Advanced Pain Management Fellowship

This post-masters certificate program in advanced pain management for nurse anesthetists is comprised of a classroom component offered via distance education (didactic education) and a clinical component (hands-on clinical experience offered through one or more clinical sites).

The goal of this post-graduate program is to approach pain management holistically by addressing the treatment of pain in ways that ultimately seek to restore normal homeostatic well-being. When a return to normal and healthy regulation is not possible, the student will seek to provide comfort, hope and meaning to support a patient’s highest potential of human functioning.

An applicant must be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who holds a graduate degree. Completion of a basic assessed non-surgical pain management cadaver course is required prior to enrollment in the program. Applicants enrolled in a late spring or summer basic assessed non-surgical pain management cadaver course may submit an application for the August cohort.

The TCU Advanced Pain Management Fellowship is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847)655-1160. The fellowship’s term of accreditation is June 2014 – May 2019, at which time it may choose to seek continued accreditation. This certificate is not an education prerequisite for an advanced practice nursing license.

The mission of the program is to educate Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to be competent providers of care to patients who suffer from chronic pain. The purpose of the Advanced Pain Management program is to educate and prepare advanced pain management practitioners to deliver holistic pain management care, including comprehensive pain management interventions and patient education. Graduates from the Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Program who meet all of the NBCRNA eligibility criteria will be able to apply for the Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM) sub-specialty certification exam. The NSPM credential program measures the knowledge, skills, and abilities of NBCRNA-certified registered nurse anesthetists for practice in the NSPM field (

The Advanced Pain Management Fellowship requires completion of a (1) basic and (2) intermediate assessed non-surgical pain management (NSPM) cadaver workshop.

  • Applicants who have completed a basic workshop or basic and intermediate workshops are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
  • Applicants enrolled in a late spring or summer basic workshop are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
  • Fellows who have taken only a basic course prior to enrollment are required to complete an intermediate workshop during the fall semester clinical practicum 1.

Accepted basic and intermediate assessed NSPM cadaver workshops:

Maverick Medical Education, that meet the criteria are the Chronic Pain Series: Advanced Pain Management Course I (basic) and Course II (intermediate).

{CE}2, Courses that meet the criteria are the NSPM Phase 1 Course (basic) and the NSPM Phase 2 Course (intermediate).

AANA Jack Neary Advance Pain Management Workshop, Part 1 (basic) and Jack Neary Advanced Pain Management Workshop, Part 2 (intermediate). As of January 2019, AANA is no longer offering the Jack Neary Advanced Pain Management Workshops Part 1 and 2.

Curriculum pyramid

Curriculum Model for the Advanced Pain Management Program

The curriculum model is depicted as a pyramid. The base is formed by (1) theoretical foundations of CRNA pain management. Ascending the pyramid are (2) imaging and radiation safety, (3) assessment, diagnosis, integration, and referral, (4) pharmacological treatments and alternative treatments and (5) interventional pain strategies. At the pinnacle is (6) comprehensive pain treatment. Aspects integral to the pain management program overlay the pyramid surface. Developmental and socio-cultural aspects surround the pyramid base and sides (1-5). Psychological and spiritual aspects encompass the top level of the pyramid structure, comprehensive pain treatment. The curriculum model was created for teaching pain management….promoting well-being.

Post Graduate Certificate: Advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Course Schema

2018-2019 Academic Year

Required Courses:

Semester I (fall) 8 hours

  • NRAN 82111  Comprehensive Pain Treatment Clinical Practicum I (Jack Neary II is a requirement of this course)
  • NRAN 82223  Pain Evaluation and Treatment
  • NRAN 82133  Imaging and Radiation Safety
  • NRAN 82331  Anatomy and Physiology for Pain Management

Semester II (spring) 8 hours

  • NRAN 82211  Comprehensive Pain Treatment Clinical Practicum II
  • NRAN 82233  Pharmacology for Pain Management
  • NRAN 82323  Interventional Pain Strategies for Advanced Pain Practice
  • NRAN 82221  Spiritual Aspects of Health

Semester III (summer) 5 hours

  • NRAN 82311  Comprehensive Pain Treatment Clinical Practicum III
  • NRAN 82123  Advanced Theoretical Foundations of Pain
  • NRAN 82121  Pain Psychology