Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing - Announces New Program, The U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

May 30, 2018
Army DNP
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) is pleased to offer a new program in cooperation with The United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN). The program will educate and prepare individuals to become independent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). Upon graduation, ARMY CRNAs will serve for five years with the option to stay in and continue to serve while increasing rank and salary as well as function as respected members of the military health care team. Army and Veterans Administration (VA) CRNAs provide full-spectrum anesthesia at Army and VA hospitals across the continental United States, Hawaii, Europe, Korea and anywhere in the world they are needed.

“We are delighted that the U.S. Army MEDCOM AMEDDCS (located at Fort Sam Houston) has awarded Baylor University a five-year national affiliation agreement for the U.S. Army DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, LHSON. “There are eight other Army programs that Baylor has traditionally administered through the Graduate School and we are happy that this one will be joining us here at the LHSON.”

USAGPAN program oversight at the LHSON resides with Dr. Tanya Sudia, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, who will work closely with the USAGPAN Director, COL Denise Beaumont, DNAP, CRNA. “We look forward to our collaboration with the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Baylor has a long-standing commitment to the U.S. Army Graduate Programs at the AMEDDC&S HRCoE. Our partnership and merging of resources and initiatives will help the USAGPAN remain one of the top nursing anesthesia programs in the nation.”

“The U.S. Army and Baylor University boast a long and proud heritage in health-related graduate education,” said Denny Kramer, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Baylor. “For more than 65 years, Baylor has been honored to serve our country through health-related educational programs in partnership with the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) Health Readiness Center of Excellence (HRCoE) at Fort Sam Houston. Such military graduate programs are compatible with Baylor’s long heritage in preparing students for professional education in medicine, nursing, dentistry, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other allied-health professions. We are excited about the addition of the USAGPAN.”

Students in the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing program are educated in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making skills during times of great stress, both physical and emotional. As the sole providers of anesthesia under many circumstances in the Army, CRNAs need to rely on their skills and training to save the lives of soldiers and beneficiaries.

To learn more visit or contact Jana Johns, program coordinator,

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor Scott and White Health’s Baylor University Medical Center and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1952 establishing the school among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,* LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated) program. LHSON also offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. LHSON was featured in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) for the 2019 Best Graduate Schools ranking the DNP program #54. The Nurse Midwifery program’s #10 ranking remains in place for four years until 2019 under the health disciplines category. In 2017 and 2018, USNWR ranked the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Innovation online degree program at #39 of the Best Online Graduate Program. For more information visit

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Baylor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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