Registered nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) may be considering Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) programs in Texas. Programs require at least a year of full-time nursing experience. Most schools require that experience is in a medical intensive care unit. Candidates must also take the GRE before applying to programs.
CRNA certification in Texas
Texas CRNAs must be registered and must also have a current state license as an RN. Graduation from an approved CRNA program is also required. In addition, the candidate must pass the certification examination. Specified amounts of continuing education credits are also required throughout the CRNAs career.
Texas CRNA Registry
Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
PO Box 40775
Austin, TX 78704
CRNA Jobs and Salary in Texas
Most hospitals in Texas hire CRNAs, including the following:
Texas Medical Center, Houston
Providence Memorial Hospital, El Paso
McAllen Medical Center, McAllen
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
Seton Medical Center, Austin
Baylor Medical Centers
Many other public and private hospitals
Salaries for CRNAs in the state are generally between $140,000 and $170,000 annually.
CRNA Programs in Texas
Each of the programs below has their own requirement for admission. Most programs accept applications for a new class that begins the following year.
Baylor College of Medicine Houston CRNA School
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
One Baylor Plaza
MailStop BCM115, Taub Annex Bldg., Room 107
Houston, TX 77030-3411
It is preferred that candidates have two years of critical care experience plus a 3.0 GPA or above and a minimum score of 1000 on the GRE for acceptance to this program. The program leading to a Master’s Degree takes 24 months to complete. There is also a Doctorate Degree program that lasts for 36 months.
Texas Christian University
School of Nurse Anesthesia
TCU Box 298626, 2800 W. Bowie Street
Annie Richardson Bass Building, Room 319
Fort Worth, TX 76109
This CRNA program lasts for 28 months. Candidates are required to have at least one year of experience in critical care, but two years are preferred. A GPA of 3.0 or better and a GRE score of 1100 or greater are required.
Texas Wesleyan University
Graduate Programs of Nurse Anesthesia
1201 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
This Texas CRNA program takes 28 months of full time studies to complete. Students may opt for long distance learning, and classes take 16 months to complete. A GPA of 2.5 and a GRE score of 1000 or greater.
University of Texas at Huston Health Science Center
School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Division
6901 Bertner, Room 684
Houston, TX 77030-3907
A MSNA can be earned in 32 months of full time studies in this program. Candidates must have one to two years of experience in critical care. GPA scores of 3.0 and GRE score of 500 or greater are required.