Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Anesthesia at a Glance

  • Admit Term: Summer 
  • Credit Requirement: 112 credit hours 
  • Enrollment Mode: On-campus
  • Enrollment Level: Full time
  • Estimated Resident Tuition and Fees: $50,079
  • Avg. Entering Class Size: 20 students

The Nurse Anesthesia program prepares graduates to manage the anesthesia needs of patients of all ages. Students will develop expertise in the areas of pre-anesthetic assessment and evaluation, anesthesia planning, anesthesia administration and monitoring, and postanesthetic care. The program prepares graduates to administer all types of anesthesia, including general, regional and neuraxial anesthesia. The BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is designed to equip future nurse anesthetists with the knowledge and skills to translate and implement best evidence into practice.  Additional doctoral education and experiences, in such areas as quality improvement and systems leadership, provide the nurse anesthesia student with foundational elements to improve the quality of nurse anesthesia practice, enhance the safety of patient care, and provide cost-effective care to all patient populations. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) for Nurse Anesthetists offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). 

Cizik School of Nursing is the first and only public university in the State of Texas to offer the BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthesia. The curriculum, approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, consists of 112 credits and is nine semesters (36 months) in length.

Pass rates on the National Certifying Examination (NCE) - administered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) - for nurse anesthetists graduating from the nurse anesthesia program at UTHealth School of Nursing are high, while programmatic attrition rates remain low.

  • 100 percent of 2021 BSN-DNP nurse anesthesia program graduates passed the NCE on the first attempt.
  • Nine of the past 10 graduating classes have achieved 100-percent pass rates on the first attempt of the NCE (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
  • The NCE first-time test-taker pass rate (initial examination) for the most recent five-year composite (2017-2021) was 99.12 percent.
  • For the most recent graduating cohort, 100 percent of UTHealth nurse anesthesia graduates were employed as nurse anesthetists within six months of program completion.

Sample Curriculum Plan

Course #                                          Course Title                                                             Hours

Semester 1 - Summer
N6401 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia 6
N6810W Physical Exam & Differential Diagnosis  2
N6810B Physical Exam & Differential Diagnosis Lab  1
Semester 2 - Fall
N6404 Advanced Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia 6
N6402 Advanced Pharmacology and Chemistry for Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6802 Health Policy, Politics, and Ethics  3
Semester 3 - Spring
N6407 Essentials of Nursing Anesthesia Practice  2
N6403 Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics for Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6406 Leadership, Organizations, Finance & Practice Management in Nurse Anesthesia 4
N6418W Foundations of Scholarly Nurse Anesthesia 3
Semester 4 - Summer 
N6806W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for EBP 3
N6414 DNP Inquiry in Nurse Anesthesia  1
N6405 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 6
N6405B Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Lab 1
Semester 5 - Fall
N6408 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 6
N6408B Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Lab 1
N6807 Evidence-Based Practice Principles  3
N6858 Information Systems/Technology for the Improvement of Health Care 3
Semester 6 - Spring
N6409 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum I (5 days/week) 10
N6410 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia I 2
N6420W Translational Approaches in Clinical Practice 3
Semester 7 - Summer
N6411 Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Practicum II (5 days/week) 10
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia 2
Semester 8 - Fall
N6412 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III (5 days/week) 10
N6413 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia I 2
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia  1
Semester 9 - Spring
N6415 Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV (5 days/week) 10
N6416 Seminars in Nurse Anesthesia III 2
N6430 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio in Nurse Anesthesia 1
Total 112

Nurse Anesthesia Student Profile

The nurse anesthesia program conducts a holistic review of applicants and considers a variety of factors when determining admission. The following information is based on recent admission classes and it is important to note that the profile can change based on the pool of applicants.

  • 3.6 GPA
  • GRE (mean)
    • Quantitative 151
    • Verbal 154
  • More than 50% were from diverse populations
  • 2.5 years of ICU experience (average)


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The UTHealth Nurse Anesthesia program (BSN-DNP nurse anesthesia program) is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906
Rosemont, IL 60018-5603
Phone: (224) 275-9130

COA List of Accredited Educational Programs

List of UTHealth Nurse Anesthesia clinical sites

Nurse Anesthesia Program Administration

Haley DeLaGarza, DNP, CRNA

Director, BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia (Email)
Assistant Professor