Early Application

  1. How early is too early to apply for nurse anesthesia school? I am currently in a MSN/MBS program and would like to start a nurse anesthesia program in 2004 or 2005. Would schools sccept students now or would they just hold onto applications until the year before the program starts?
    Ursula
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    I think each school is different, so I would contact the program directors of each school and see when is the earliest you can apply. I know one school I am interested in tells applicants to apply 24 mo. before anticipated start date!
  4. by   loisane
    ursala,

    I am curious, why did you get a MSN first? When you could have done a MSN anesthesia program.

    So, are you going to get another master's degree, or are you looking at one of the post masters anesthesia programs?

    (and I don't think it is ever too early to apply to anesthesia school, unless you don't have all your requirements yet)

    loisane crna
  5. by   Howyaluvdat
    I was working on the MSN/MBA because I had to have 1 yr. ICU experience before starting nurse anesthesia. I can finish MSN in 1 1/2 yr. and I just like going to school. I think that was a not so good idea. My current advisor told me that I would probably not be able to get into CRNA if I leave my current program. Do you think that's a reasonable deduction?
    Ursula
  6. by   loisane
    Ursala,

    It is a little complicated when you have (or in progress toward) the same degree that the nurse anesthesia program confers.

    You could complete your MSN, and go to one of the nurse anesthesia programs that are not in nursing. Then you would have an additional masters degree.

    Or you could complete your MSN and go to one of the post masters anesthesia programs. Not every anesthesia program has them, but there are several who do.

    If you do not complete your MSN-that is a tough one. Your advisor has a point, programs might look unfavorably on that. And it complicates the process if it is also a MSN program. They will have to decide if you get credit for the classes you have had, or if you need to take them over. Maybe this is not a big deal with some programs. You really don't know until you talk to the anesthesia programs you are considering.

    I think the most important thing here is, where are you thinking of making application? If you are willing to relocate, you can find somewhere to fit your individual situation, no matter what you end up doing. On the other hand, if you have your heart set on one program in a particular geographical area, you would do best to find out what their preference is for how you go from here.

    Lots to consider, good luck,

    loisane crna
  7. by   CRNA, DNSc
    Most programs open applications for the next cohort only. If you want to start the year after that you will not be considered until that application period. You are considered in comparison to everyone that applies in that time period. Most programs do not have a "waiting list" or accept students for future cohort. Best advice is to check with the programs you are considering and get the answer directly as all programs are individual and different. Good Luck!

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