CRNA Programs in New England for Non-nursing majors? - page 2

Just a little back ground, I am looking for an accelerated CRNA program in the newengland area. I am graduating this May with a degree in biochemistry and originally was going to apply to med... Read More

  1. by   drthomasjay
    Thank you for the information! Foto
  2. by   drthomasjay
    please let me know if anyone else has any other information on other schools
  3. by   loisane
    Quote from drthomasjay
    please let me know if anyone else has any other information on other schools
    The most direct source of information on accredited nurse anesthesia programs can be found on the AANA website, www.aana.com. Look for the link to "accredited programs" and search by state.

    The information you have been given here is accurate (to my knowledge). There are two direct entry programs, but they are not you only option.

    Applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's are accepted in about half of our nurse anesthesia programs. Of course, you must also be a RN with the minimum work experience. Some with backgrounds similar to yours get an accelerated BSN (about 14-16 months) or a two year associate nursing degree, get their experience, and then apply to anesthesia school.

    We have had several discussions here about this (you could do a search to find them), and it sounds to me like the total time is pretty similar either way (direct entry, or "traditional").

    One thing to remember is that a pre-med background doesn't really give you any "leg-up" over other applicants. Not saying you think this, but I have run into quite a few people who make this assumption. I have talked to physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians, etc. who thought that their previous backgrounds would be a huge advantage to them in becoming a nurse anesthetist. Not true. Of course, it never hurts to have good solid science grades on your transcript, but otherwise I don't think it makes any difference.


    Good luck to you,

    loisane crna
  4. by   drthomasjay
    thank you loisane,

    Has anyone worked with PA's in anesthesia, there are a few direct entry programs for that, just wondering what everyone thinks. Pay compairison? Actual work that you do? things like that
  5. by   fotografe
    PAs don't generally work in Anesthesia. There are Anesthesia Assistant programs in Ohio and GA. They are limited to which states they can practice. I think, however, that they pretty much work in the same jobs that CRNAs do in those states (same pay, responsibilities, status, etc.). The biggest issue between the AA/CRNA careers is that CRNAs can be reimbursed under medicare/medicaid in most states, whereas AAs can not in any. Depending upon your practice and career goals, this may not be an issue. CRNAs can also practice solo in most states, whereas AAs always work under a physician. Again, these are issues that may or may not matter to you.

    I think GA licenses them as Anesthesia PAs, but they go through a completely different program than the regular PAs and the licenses are not interchangeable. There are a few regular PAs that work in Anesthesia, but even fewer still actually administer anesthetics. They tend to do pre and post op workups.

    You can enter the AA programs with your qualifications, although I do not know how competitive they are.

    There is another forum for PAs that discusses this www.physicianassociate.com
    but it was hacked over the last few weeks and I am not sure if it is back up.
    Good luck.

    Quote from drthomasjay
    thank you loisane,

    Has anyone worked with PA's in anesthesia, there are a few direct entry programs for that, just wondering what everyone thinks. Pay compairison? Actual work that you do? things like that
    Last edit by fotografe on May 5, '05

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