BSN completion to CRNA-Anyone else?

  1. Hello!
    I'm 30 and back to school after a decade. Working on completing my BSN and then planning on getting my CRNA. Looking forward to communicating with someone.


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    Ben/oldsun
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   RNsneedchange
    Hi Ben, I am getting ready to go back for my BSN completion to reach my ultimate goal of CRNA. I guess I'm a little confused as to go to a universtiy campus or complete via online University of P to be exact. I guess I feel that when applicaton time comes will they pick me over the university campus student? should I get my BSN where I plan on attending my CRNA program? I currently work stepdown, getting ready to move to CCU or SICU, and I don't know which would be best. Which route are you taking, and if you have any suggestions I'm all ears, Good Luck
  4. by   TraumaNurse
    Ben,

    I also went back for my BSN after being out of school for a while. The hardest part was having to juggle full-time work and family committments (No wife or kids while in diploma program) while being in school full-time. The good news is, it can be done! I pulled off a good GPA in my BSN and will be starting CRNA school in May.
    RNsneedchange,
    I would contact some of the CRNA schools you may be interested in applying to to see how they feel re: online degrees. I think online prgrams are harder in some ways, and they are fully accredited so I don't see why there should be a problem. However, I received my BSN through UOP on campus and a couple of programs did seem relieved that I actually went to a college campus instead of getting my degree online. The funny thing is, many graduate schools are now offering their courses online too. Ask before you get yourself roped into an online program that will not be accepted by the anesthesia school that you want to apply to. Also, most schools may not ask or even care where you get your BSN as long as it is from an accredited program and you have a good GPA.
  5. by   AnesthesiaBound
    I went through the online program at South Alabama. It worked out really well. You have to be highly self-motivated to do it and do it well. There's nobody pushing you along and you can easily get left behind. My advice would be to try an online prerequisite class or two that you'll probably need to see how you like it. It works out much better time-wise. I was even able to continue traveling while completing my degree. In my interview, the subject of online degree or regular degree never came up. If it did, I was prepared to explain how you were able to teach yourself as well as stay personally motivated.

    Good luck.

    bj
  6. by   Roland
    Look, my BSN degree will be obtained the old fashioned way going to school. However, even SO I have taken over thirty hours independent study and online (as most Universities allow you to do if you maintain a sufficiently high GPA). My wife on the other hand will be getting her BSN largely online, after getting her ASN in traditional classes. Now in her case she had over eighty hours of liberal arts, and science classes, BEFORE ever starting her ASN program. My point is SO WHAT if her BSN classes happen to be online? Most of the classes concern things like nursing theory, and research anyway. As far as I am concerned it is not the CRNA school's business that her BSN degree was obtained online.
  7. by   RNsneedchange
    thank you guys for the info, as every little bit helps. I will definetly check with the university I plan on attending before I start this program. Again, thaky so much, it's appreciated
  8. by   RNBEAUTY2003
    Looking forward to transferring to SICU this May. Worked Trauma IMC for 6 months which was very helpful. Nice transition to the unit. I will be taking my GRE's in the summer, then I will begin the application process by the beginning of the year( given my GRE's score id adequate.)

    All I do is think, think, and think more about getting accepted, what school will be like, the challenges, long hours and being POOR again.

    Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else that's making moves!

    Feel free to email me privately for anyone that want to vent about the process.
    Last edit by RNBEAUTY2003 on Mar 18, '04
  9. by   TraumaNurse
    Hi RNBEAUTY2003,

    I see you are in MD and worked trauma IMC. Did you work at Shock Trauma in Baltimore? I worked in the neurotrauma ICU there a few years ago. Cool place but sucky staffing. Good luck on your application.
  10. by   rhp123
    Quote from Roland
    My point is SO WHAT if her BSN classes happen to be online? Most of the classes concern things like nursing theory, and research anyway. As far as I am concerned it is not the CRNA school's business that her BSN degree was obtained online.
    Well, what happens if one guy's PHD degree is online?

    A guy got a PHD online from US. He came back to his home country, the biggest county in Asia, and became the CEO of the biggest internet company in the county, the company is also a NASQ company in US, with recent stock price once as high as over 50.

    Later on when people found out his degree is online, he was forced to resign. And now his name in that county is treated the same word as ".....", I won't say it here but definitely not a good word.

    I do not intend to bash anybody. Personally I don't care whereever the degree people get from. All I do is just want to tell people here one thing happend in the biggest county in Asia recently.
  11. by   rhp123
    BTW, the guy's PHD is in the direction of economics/or phiolosophy. Perfectly all reasearch-oriented subject.
  12. by   RNBEAUTY2003
    Quote from TraumaNurse
    Hi RNBEAUTY2003,

    I see you are in MD and worked trauma IMC. Did you work at Shock Trauma in Baltimore? I worked in the neurotrauma ICU there a few years ago. Cool place but sucky staffing. Good luck on your application.

    TraumaNurse
    Yes, I work at Shock trauma Neuro IMC( the North side). Transferring to Sicu In may.It's such a long waiting list to go over to the south side. ( crazy)
    Staffing still sucks! That has not changed.
    Glad to see someone is from STC.
    Good luck with your classes.
    What school are you attending?
    Keep in touch!
  13. by   UCDSICURN
    All most CRNA schools are concerned with is the school being accredited and most "on-line" programs do not differentiate how you took your courses on your transcripts.

    Univeristy of Phoenix is NLN accredited. There are other NLN accredited on-line BSN programs. All that matters for the most part is the accredidation. The accredidation ensures the course content and requirements are of a specific standard.

    Donn C.

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