2022-23 Graduate Catalog

Advanced Pain Management Fellowship and Certificate Program

TCU's School of Nurse Anesthesia Advanced Pain Management Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).


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, a focus on reductions in use of opioids and patient education. The objective of the program is to prepare CRNAs to enter this subspecialty of nurse anesthesia practice and to successfully pass the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) subspecialty certification examination for Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM). The NSPM credential program measures the knowledge, skills, and abilities of NBCRNA-certified registered nurse anesthetists for practice in the NSPM field (http://www.nbcrna.com/NSPM/Pages/NSPM.aspx).

Application Deadlines

February 1st for class beginning the next August. Candidates will be notified of admission status by March 1st.


Upon completion of the Program, Fellows should be able to:
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills required in the area of specialty practice or concentration. Academic success is assessed throughout the Program and is measured as course grades for each student in their permanent academic transcript. Clinical success is monitored through direct clinical mentorship and evaluation. Both formative and summative evaluation is employed to validate the demonstration of knowledge and skills. Each semester, the faculty mentor is solicited to identify:
    • If the Fellow's clinical performance is acceptable and progression to the next semester is recommended
    • If weaknesses are identified and noted, but progression is acceptable to the next semester with plans for corrective action
    • If the Fellow’s clinical performance is unacceptable then progression to the next semester is not recommended