5 best CRNA schools?

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    What are the 5 best schools of nurse anesthesia in the U.S. What do people seem to think on this website. Are there any schools that you would stay away from??? Current CRNA students cant really give a fair opinion. I was just wondering what people think and have heard.
    I know location and cost play a large role in peoples opinions. Eric
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    Kaiser, 500+ applicants/year 35 spots. they're doing something right.
    total program cost around 15,000
    good regional experience
    not affiliated with a Anesthesiologist residency program
    Excellent program director and instructors
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    This is what US News ranks as the top 5 CRNA programs:

    1. Virginia Commonwealth University
    2. U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (TX)
    3. Navy Nurse Corps (MD)
    Rush University (IL)
    5. Albany Medical College (NY)

    -Jess
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    Quote from future nurse jess
    This is what US News ranks as the top 5 CRNA programs:

    1. Virginia Commonwealth University
    2. U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (TX)
    3. Navy Nurse Corps (MD)
    Rush University (IL)
    5. Albany Medical College (NY)

    -Jess
    We all know how US News came up with their rankings too! (If you don't know, search here in the forum because it's been discussed). I think that there is no CRNA program that is the best. It's all relative to the individual and what their needs and wants in a program are. Things to consider...length, degree offered, prereqs, clinical experiences (regional, rotating different services, anesthesia residency at clinical facilities, etc.), and cost of the program. All CRNA school's graduate students and they take the same boards in the end.
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    I wonder how accurate those rankings are?
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    Quote from CCRNERIC
    What are the 5 best schools of nurse anesthesia in the U.S.
    This seems to come up every couple of months. Eric, at the beginning of this forum is a CRNA FAQ that has the answer to your question.

    DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ATTENDING THE BEST SCHOOL OF NURSE ANESTHESIA. Such rankings are subjective and arbitrary. If you attend the school that US News and World Report calls the "best," you are operating off of someone else's opinion, and nothing else. If that school teaches in a manner that makes the material more difficult for you, and you flunk out, then that is the worst school you could attend, since once you flunk out, you are done. You would find it nearly impossible to get back into that or any other program.

    Rather than worrying about which schools are ranked the "best," you are far better off looking for schools that are the "best fit" for you. All programs that allow you to sit for the CRNA boards at the end of the program are certified by the COA as providing adequate instruction. In the end, if you attend the "Harvard School of Nurse Anesthesia" (notional, as Harvard does not have such a school that I know of), and I attend Ray-Buck's school of Nurse Anesthesia and Hair Styling, and both schools are accredited, and we both graduate and pass boards, then we will be doing the same thing for essentially the same money at the end of our education.

    When you worry about "the best," you are wasting your time.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
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    Quote from kmchugh
    In the end, if you attend the "Harvard School of Nurse Anesthesia" (notional, as Harvard does not have such a school that I know of), and I attend Ray-Buck's school of Nurse Anesthesia and Hair Styling, and both schools are accredited, and we both graduate and pass boards, then we will be doing the same thing for essentially the same money at the end of our education.
    Too funny, Kevin!
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    Quote from EricTAMUCC-BSN
    I wonder how accurate those rankings are?

    Here's that thread from previous:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50108

    Keep in mind that these rankings are, essentially, a popularity vote, subjective as all get out.

    deepz
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    The program you are accepted into is THE BEST !!!!
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    Quote from Kate11
    The program you are accepted into is THE BEST !!!!
    Precisely!!! Remember, if Bob graduates from the #1 school of anesthesia and Jim graduates from the #42 school of anesthesia. They both pass boards....what do they sign behind their name....CRNA!!!


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