Anesthetist vs. BSN programs

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    I've read several postings on how rigorous the nurse anesthetist program is. Currently, I am doing a one year accelerated nursing program (BSN) and I was wondering how comparable the two programs are. This accelerated program is very challenging and time consuming, and I wanted to know how tough the nurse anesthetist program is in relation to it (academically and in terms of hours per week).

    Thank you,
    Emilie
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    which school are you doing the accelerated program at... may depend. Which CRNA school do you plan on attending?
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    I'm doing the accelerated program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. I was going to join the army or air force for a year or two (doing something in critical care) and then perhaps go to Cal State Fullerton for CRNA.
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    Hello,

    I am accepted into 2 accelerated nursing programs and one of them is Bellarmine. I am still undecisive on which one I will attend. Can you provide some advice (good/bad) on Bellarmine. Is it extremely tough academicall? how are the professors? how are the classes? does it require you to take a HESI for graduation? How many students haved failed out thus far in your program?

    Any information would be helpful.
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    I took an accelerated 2nd bachelors before becoming a SRNA. I find them about equally difficult and time consuming

    The main difference is that my SRNA program is not part of a nursing department and we don't have any mind numbing nursing theory to cover (that's not to say we don't have our share of useless courses--drives me nuts)
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    I don't have any experience with accellerated BSN programs but I think the biggest difference would be the scientific depth of the content. As I'm sure you are aware, the CRNA program will go much deeper into hard sciences and expect a much deeper understanding of physiology/pathophys. I have often heard that number of hours spent per week to be around 60 for a student in a CRNA program. I'm sure that varies.
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    Addendum: I treat(ed) both my 2nd Bachelors and SRNA programs as full time jobs with a little overtime to cram for exams.
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    Quote from eb0lagirl
    I'm doing the accelerated program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. I was going to join the army or air force for a year or two (doing something in critical care) and then perhaps go to Cal State Fullerton for CRNA.
    All initial military contracts are for 8yrs. Usually 3 or 4 yrs active duty and then the rest is inactive reserves where you could be called back into AD at any time.


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