Hi everyone,Just wanted to hear everyone's thoughts on this topic. I've noticed a lot the Crna schools I applied to give you either an MSN or a master's in biological sciences. I was curious on everyone's opinion on the two degrees, pros and cons and all in the long run. Thank you.
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thanks for the information. i really appreciate. I just wasn't sure if there were any drawbacks to the masters in biological sciences program. Only thing i did think about was the whole 2015 date i've been hearing talk about mandatory Phd education for advanced level nurses. I heard some people say that those who already have an MSN at that time will be grandfathered w/ a doctorate. I'm not sure if that is the case. Do you know anything about that? And if that was the case and i only had a masters in biological sciences, would I still get the same benefits or not?
1. CRNAs are switching to a mandatory practice/clinical doctorate in 2025 not 2015 (the 2015 is a recommendation adopted by the AACN, but the AANA and COA for CRNAs decided to wait until 2025).
2. Since it is a clinical doctorate (DNP/DNAP) it does not require a dissertation. In other words these programs will not be graduating new CRNAs with PhDs (there maybe rare exceptions, but this would add years to the overall coursework). The clinical doctorate is supposed to prepare students to be experts in the utilization of research, and a PhD is supposed to teach students how to be experts in conducting research.
3. CRNAs will be grandfathered in just as the certificate and bachelors CRNAs were grandfathered in years ago when the degree requirements changed.
4. It will not matter if your degree is MS in X with a focus in nurse anesthesia you will still be grandfathered in.
Last edit by wtbcrna on Nov 15, '12