CRNA clinical Hours
- 0Oct 19, '10 by BSNRNHello everyone,
I am in the process of applying to a CRNA program. I have 6 schools on my list: UPENN, RUSH, Oakland University-Beaumont, Otterbein college, Decatur/Milikin U, and University of Scranton. My question is for you CRNAs, recent grads and current students out there. How many hours of clinical practicum on average is required for graduation? I can't seem to find this info on the school websites, except Decatur/Milikin U which requires 2,400 hours of practicum.
- 0Oct 20, '10 by manuskoThe school I have been accepted to did not list an amount of specific clinical hours for graduation, but they have a minimum amount of each procedure that must be done. Call and ask them how many clinical hours are needed during each semester, then realize that if you still lack cases you will need to get more hours.
- 0Oct 21, '10 by FockerRNWhat difference does it make? It is a full time job between classes and clinical. You are there until you go home, and then you study until you go to bed. Number of cases of various kinds you do is relevant, when you start clinical is relevant but number of clinical hours is not.
- 0Oct 21, '10 by manuskoQuote from FockerRNIt really does not to some people but I believe the poster wanted to get an idea of what they are in for.What difference does it make? It is a full time job between classes and clinical. You are there until you go home, and then you study until you go to bed. Number of cases of various kinds you do is relevant, when you start clinical is relevant but number of clinical hours is not.
- 1Oct 22, '10 by FockerRNWhat they are in for is spending their life as they know it studying and in the OR. It is a time commitment that takes up most all of your life while you are in it. Asking the number of clinical hours is not going to tell you a thing. How many semesters is it over, will I work through Christmas and every other holiday in a year?
Asking the number of clinical hours doesn't make sense. Understanding that it is a massive commitment of your life for the length of the program is what you need to come to grips with.
- 0Oct 23, '10 by JSBMy program is front-loaded, meaning we do a year of full time didactic and then have clinical along with an online class every semester and a once a month testing to prepare for boards at our school. During our clinical portion, we go to the OR 4-5 days a week. I get there around 6 am, earlier when I am at a new site, and stay until the cases are done. This could be around 4 or 5, but I have been there until 9 pm at times, and frequently until 7-8 pm. During our clinical phase, we write care plans (no, they never go away!), study for the next day's cases, study for our monthly exams, study for boards on top of our monthly exams, and do our work for our online classes. Oh, and we have a capstone project to complete too.
Focker is right, the clinical hours alone really don't matter. Just be prepared for school own a large part of your life for the duration of your program. Getting in is the easy part.