Hi there! I'm going to answer these questions from my own experience of checking out websites and talking to colleges. I'm also a BSN student...
1. Is NICU or PICU good enough for my ICU experience?
~You'll be considered having worked there, but adult critical care is preferred. Remember that the average ratio of adult to peds cases in Nurse Anesthesia school is 10:1.
2. I've already taken elementary chemistry and elementary organic chemisty as my prerequisites for the BSN program I am currently in, and I recieved A's in both of them. Should I take more Chem courses, such as General Chemistry?
~They didn't accept my elementary chem class. They advised that I take Gen Chem I&II as well as O-chem.
3. Is it possible to balance a family life while in CRNA school?
~I recently shadowed a CRNA student from 0630-1800, she still had more things to do when I left the hospital that night. Objectively, it SEEMS like an 5 days per week / 18hr job for 27 months (with overtime, too.)
4. What is the average age of students in CRNA school?
~I don't know, but since most students I met had been a nurse for roughly 2-3 years, I'd say they were about 26 y.o. average.