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School of Nurse Anesthesia Admission

We are glad you are considering the TCU-School of Nurse Anesthesia, DNP-Anesthesia program. Below is the checklist for all information that must be mailed in and/or completed online by all applicants. We suggest you print this page to insure all materials are received.

The application deadline is July 1 for class beginning the next year. Early applications will be given preference for interviews. Candidates will be notified of admission status by October 15.

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The following materials are handled online:

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee: $60 (non refundable)
  • Personal essay
  • Three letters of recommendation

The following materials are mailed in:

  • Two official copies of all college transcripts
  • Clinical experience verification form
  • Anesthesia shadowing experience form
  • One copy of each of the following items:
    • Nursing license
    • PALS certification
    • ACLS certification
    • CCRN certification
    • BCLS certification

Mail materials to:
School of Nurse Anesthesia
TCU Box 298626
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The following items will be automatically directed to TCU by using the following institutional codes when taking the exam:

  • Official GRE score report (code 6820)
  • Official TOEFL score report, if applicable

Applicants meeting the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or an appropriate Bachelor degree from an accredited school or college in the United States.
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal and quantitative > 302 on new scale or > 1100, writing 4.0 or better)
  • Weighted GPA 3.0 or greater
  • A minimum of one year experience in adult critical care, or equivalent; two years recommended
  • Certification as BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN
  • CCRN exam score sheet
  • If English is not the first language, a score of at least 94 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Candidates who satisfactorily meet these criteria will be invited for an evaluated interview.

These text documents are part of the TCU DNP-A graduate application. You will need Microsoft Word to open and edit these applications.

Anesthesia Shadowing Experience Form
Clinical Experience Verification Form

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications and required materials, including letters of recommendation and the application fee, must be received by July 1 for class beginning the next January. Candidates will be notified of admission status by October 15.

Tuition and fees are packaged for the entire program and are not subject to increase. Charges are incrementally paid throughout the student’s enrollment.

Class of 2020

Spring 2018 $9,200.00
Summer 2018 $9,200.00
Fall 2018 $21,400.00
Spring 2019 $21,400.00
Summer 2019 $11,000.00
Fall 2019 $5,200.00
Spring 2020 $5,200.00
Summer 2020 $5,200.00
Fall 2020 $5,200.00
Total $93,000.00

The following approximate amounts are in addition to TCU’s tuition/fees and are subject to change without written notice:

University health insurance $979/semester
Textbooks (included) Reimbursement of required textbooks
Vehicle registration $75
Housing at Primary Clinical Site Student responsibility
Housing at required clinical rotations Student is reimbursed up to $1,000 per month
Custom molded earpiece $55
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Associate membership fee $200
Initial certification fee $725
Professional liability insurance (included) $0
Distant Option Fee $240 per semester hour. This fee is charged only to off-campus students in the spring and summer semesters of the 2nd year.

We are glad you are considering the TCU-School of Nurse Anesthesia/AANA, Advanced Pain Management Fellowship program. Below is the checklist for all information that must be mailed to TCU by all applicants. We suggest you print this page to insure all materials are received.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications and required materials, including letters of recommendation and application fee, must be received by May 1st for the class beginning in August. Candidates will be notified of admission status by June 1.

 

Checklist for Applicants

The following materials are handled online:

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: $60 (non refundable)
  • Personal Essay

Apply online at www.applyweb.com/tcug/.

 

The following materials are mailed in:

  • Two Letters of Recommendation, sent separately
  • Official Copies of all College Transcripts
  • One copy of each of the following items:
    • Nursing license
    • NBCRNA re-certification card

Mail materials to:
School of Nurse Anesthesia
TCU Box 298626
Fort Worth, TX 76129

 

Applicants meeting the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • Graduate degree in Nursing, or an appropriate graduate degree from an accredited school or college in the United States.
  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • Re-certification as a nurse anesthetist by the NBCRNA
  • AANA membership
  • Completion of prerequisites (AANA Jack Neary I Workshop which includes 5 AANALearn online modules and a Physical Assessment course offered by the AANA)
  • Application fee: $60 (non refundable)
  • If English is not the first language, a score of at least 94 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the last two years

 

Candidates who satisfactorily meet these criteria will be invited for an evaluated interview.

The application deadline is May 1 for class beginning the following August. Candidates will be notified of admission status by June 1. For more information regarding the Graduate Programs, please visit the General Graduate Studies website.

  Semester I
(fall)
Semester II (spring) Semester III (summer)  
Credit Hours 8 credit hours 8 credit hours 6 credit hours 22 credit hours
Tuition $12,320 $12,320 $9,240 $33,880
Clinical Fee $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Jack Neary II $2,595 $2,595*
Total Cost $17,450 $14,820 $11,740 $43,975

*Paid directly to the AANA
**Additional costs include books, travel, lodging and state licensure at assigned clinical sites

A documented health examination is required prior to the beginning of classes. Each student must be in good physical and mental health, free of communicable disease when involved in patient care, and have a medical questionnaire and physician’s certificate on file at TCU prior to enrollment with proof of tuberculin testing (negative) and immunization against the diseases noted below.

A student who contracts a communicable disease shall notify the director or associate director as soon as possible and shall be suspended immediately and indefinitely until the student is free from infection.

 

Schedule for Immunizations

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td): must have had one dose within the past 10 years
  • Measles: those born after January 1, 1957 must have two doses, at least 30 days apart, since 12 months of age
  • Mumps: those born after January 1, 1957 must have at least one dose since 12 months of age
  • Rubella: at least one dose since 12 months of age
  • Hepatitis B: a complete series or proof of immunity is required prior to beginning direct patient care
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): positive V/Z titer or documentation of immunization.
  • TB skin test (within one year): negative PPD or negative chest x-ray
  • All incoming students under the age of 22 must submit proof of a current meningitis vaccination
  • Seasonal flu immunization (September through March)

For more information, see www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/ or call the Texas Department of State Health Services, Immunization Division, 1.800.252. 9152.

 

Environmental Exposure

Providers in anesthesia are advised that several studies find an increase in congenital abnormalities in children of parents exposed to inhalation agents. Results of these studies are questionable. Students of childbearing age are advised to use caution and limit their exposure to inhalation agents.

Dorsch, J.A. & Dorsch, S.E. (2008). Understanding anesthesia equipment (5th ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

 

Health Insurance

Students must carry health insurance throughout the program. Although TCU offers a major medical insurance plan for students to purchase, students are advised to evaluate several plans before selection. Proof of coverage is required. Students are not hospital employees and are not covered by Worker’s Compensation.

 

Nurse Anesthesia Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statement

The following policy is in accordance with the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs’ Statement on admissions inquiries regarding drug and alcohol use.

  • Applicants will be asked if they are currently using illegal drugs, abusing prescription drugs or engaging in intemperate alcohol use at the time of application. An affirmative answer is grounds for denial of admission.
  • After acceptance into the School of Nurse Anesthesia, but prior to enrollment, the student will be asked about prior illegal drug usage, abuse of prescription drugs and prior intemperate alcohol use. Past users will be monitored, including, but not limited to, drug testing. Failure to comply with this policy or failure of a drug screen will result in dismissal from the program. The University or clinical training facility pays for the drug testing.
  • All students are required to submit to random or scheduled drug testing at any point in their training based on the decision of the University or clinical training site. Failure to comply with this policy or failure of a drug screen will result in immediate dismissal from the program. The University or clinical training facility pays for the drug testing.
  • In the event of a failed drug screen, the University or clinical training site will provide information about rehabilitation. The University or the clinical training site will not incur any expense in this matter. In Texas, referrals are made to:

Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (T-PAPN)
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 440
Austin, Texas 78757-1292
1-800-288-5528

  • Following successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program, students may apply for reinstatement in the program. Readmission is not automatic; cases are individually considered.

Criminal background checks are required for insurance coverage and facility credentialing prior to entering the clinical residency. Students with concerns or questions should contact the director before beginning the program. Prior conviction(s) may result in denial of admission to the clinical residency.

Q: When is your deadline for applications?
A: Interviews for the class enrolling in January will be held during the fall semester each year. The deadline for applications and all supporting materials is the preceding July 1 st . We suggest you fill out your application form and submit your application fee
early as possible. Once the application fee has been paid, a folder is made with your name and materials required are then placed in your folder as they are received. Without the fee, all materials are placed in a miscellaneous folder and we will not be able to inform you what has been received until the application fee has been submitted.

NOTE: The Program welcomes applications or inquiries twelve months a year. Interviews are held once a year. Completed early applications will be given preference for interviews.

Q: Who do I contact for questions regarding my application process?
A: Please email for application process questions.

Q: May I submit my transcripts directly?
A: Transcripts must be official. You may submit them directly only if they are in a sealed envelope from the university.

Q: How do I know all my transcripts were received?
A: The best practice is to request that transcripts from colleges and universities be sent to you. Leave the transcripts in sealed envelopes, and then once all have been received mail them via priority mail to:

TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia
TCU Box 298626
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

Q: How much time should I allow for GRE scores to reach TCU?
A: It is probably wise to allow a full month.

Q: Do I need to hold application materials and submit all at once?
A: No, materials may be submitted as available. We do urge submitting your application as early as possible. Early applications are given priority.

Q: Which bachelor’s degrees do you accept in addition to a BSN?
A: A bachelor’s degree in a natural science is accepted. Examples are chemistry, biology, physics, etc. If you have another degree, your past academic background is individually considered for predictors of success in our school. Predictors include a strong science background and good performance history.

Q: Are there any prerequisite courses that I must take prior to admission?
A: Although there are no prerequisite courses, it is highly recommended that you take a general chemistry course within five years of starting the program.

Q: I will not have my bachelor’s degree before the deadline. Can I still be accepted for an interview?
A: No, you must fulfill all application requirements before an interview can be granted.

Q: How recent do my undergraduate science courses have to be?
A: There is no time limit for undergraduate courses and no required prerequisite courses. We look at grades in chemistry, organic chemistry or biochemistry, biology, microbiology, mathematics, and anatomy and physiology. If you have less than a 3.0 in these courses you may repeat to achieve a better grade. We understand that many times undergraduate grades do not necessarily reflect students’ current ability and maturity.

Q: Is there a substitution for the CCRN?
A: The CCRN is a requirement and cannot be substituted by CEN, RN-C, etc.

Q: What types of critical care experience are accepted? Which are preferred?
A: Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial), cardiac assist devices, mechanical ventilation, and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and neonatal intensive care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology. Per the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Definition, the TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia requires current critical care experience.

Q: I’ve only been in the ICU three months, am I eligible for an interview?
A: No, you must have obtained the CCRN certification prior to being granted an interview and that certification requires a minimum of 1,750 hours of critical care experience to become eligible. The admissions committee highly recommends two years of critical care experience.

Q: Can I work the first two semesters?
A: Yes, you are expected to continue to work in your critical care unit. The online classes are designed for RNs who work.

Q: What is the minimum score required for the GRE?
A: We do not have a minimum GRE score. Ideally, applicants have a qualitative and quantitative score of 302 or greater (this converts to an 1100 on the previous GRE), and a writing score of 4 or greater. The GRE is one of many criteria that we use to evaluate eligibility for admission into the program. The personal interview, grades, recommendations, and experience are all evaluated individually. The GRE must be taken within the last five years and the analytical writing portion is required.

Q: How do I spend time with a CRNA observing cases?
A: It is highly recommended that you contact a CRNA in your facility regarding observation of an anesthesia provider. Some facilities are reticent to allow outside individuals to observe due to HIPAA regulations; however, it is typically easier to observe in the facility where you are an employee than another facility.

Q: How many students are accepted each year?
A: The number accepted each year depends upon the number of qualified applicants interviewed and the number of clinical slots available. This number varies from year to year. Typically, 55 to 65 students are accepted each year.

Q: I was not accepted and wish to reapply. What is the process?
A: Contact the Nurse Anesthesia office and ask to have your file re-activated for the next class. Before July 1, you need to have your current supervisor send us a new reference. You also need to let us know ways you have strengthened your application.

Q: How are clinical sites assigned?
A: On the application, you are asked to rank your preference for clinical sites. We attempt to place students at either their first or second choice. Students who have close ties to a particular area are given preference.

Q: What is the difference between a primary clinical and an enrichment clinical site?
A: The primary clinical site is where the majority of cases are received and where you will spend the majority of your 16-month clinical residency. Most clinical sites do not have all types of cases needed to meet the requirements for training; therefore, most students are required to spend time at other clinical sites for specialty cases (OB, Pediatrics, etc.). Time at those sites varies from four to eight weeks in length.

Q: What can I expect once I start classes on-campus?
A: Once you start the face-to-face part of the program, classes are typically taught Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with laboratory and simulation experiences Tuesdays or Thursdays. Face-to-face classes in the School of Nurse Anesthesia are frequently team-taught by full-time nurse anesthesia faculty. Laboratory experiences include small-group immersion in the human patient simulation lab and group activities in a human cadaver lab.

Q: Where do I get answers to my questions?
A: Please email your questions to k.sanders@tcu.edu.