The cost of anesthesia school..

  1. How much did you spend, in all, by your estimations for school and what was your money status at the time (using spouse's income to supplement, or total loans, what?). I'm not worried about it, I just wondered what some of your experiences were.

    If any of you mind sharing, please do and if you would rather not, then I understand. I just wanted to throw it out there and see what the response was. Thanks to those of you who responded. I appreciate it.
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  3. by   Pete495
    Private Institutions will obviously cost you more. It also seems the tution for CRNA programs is increasing exponentially. My institution recently just doubled it's tuition for the anesthesia portion of the program, and many other programs have increased their tuition. I am paying about 11,500 for just my MSNA classes, and the CRNA portion, I pay about 14-15,000 buckaroos for that, so in sum, it's about 26,500. That is strictly tution, does not include licenses, fees, books, etc. That's a pretty good chunk of change, but not too bad for 2.5 years work, and it's cheaper than 1.5 years of my undergrad, so I guess I'm getting a bargain. I hope I can pass my exam when I get out, that is all I have to say. It is unfortuate that you have to pay all that money, and then it all rides on one exam, but that is just the name of the game, I guess.

    Luckily, I have a hospital paying for my tuition, and they will also be giving me a stipend to live off of, so I don't have to work full time. In turn, i have to give them years at the end, to a max of 5 years. It's not a bad deal. There are lots of places who will finance your tuition, but my advice is if you can afford to pay for your tuition, then use loans, and pay it yourself. At this particular time, the amount of opportunities you will have when you graduate will be numerous, and I'm sure someone will forgive your loans for you. I know of 2-3 hospitals off hand that would. Plus many anesthesia groups will also pay your education bills off. But keep your options open if you are able.

    I like the area I'm in which is why I chose to come back to it, plus I have ties to the area, so I feel obligated, but everyone has to make that decision for themself.

    Happy money hunting.

    Pete495
  4. by   air
    Quote from Pete495
    Private Institutions will obviously cost you more. It also seems the tution for CRNA programs is increasing exponentially. My institution recently just doubled it's tuition for the anesthesia portion of the program, and many other programs have increased their tuition. I am paying about 11,500 for just my MSNA classes, and the CRNA portion, I pay about 14-15,000 buckaroos for that, so in sum, it's about 26,500. That is strictly tution, does not include licenses, fees, books, etc. That's a pretty good chunk of change, but not too bad for 2.5 years work, and it's cheaper than 1.5 years of my undergrad, so I guess I'm getting a bargain. I hope I can pass my exam when I get out, that is all I have to say. It is unfortuate that you have to pay all that money, and then it all rides on one exam, but that is just the name of the game, I guess.

    Luckily, I have a hospital paying for my tuition, and they will also be giving me a stipend to live off of, so I don't have to work full time. In turn, i have to give them years at the end, to a max of 5 years. It's not a bad deal. There are lots of places who will finance your tuition, but my advice is if you can afford to pay for your tuition, then use loans, and pay it yourself. At this particular time, the amount of opportunities you will have when you graduate will be numerous, and I'm sure someone will forgive your loans for you. I know of 2-3 hospitals off hand that would. Plus many anesthesia groups will also pay your education bills off. But keep your options open if you are able.

    I like the area I'm in which is why I chose to come back to it, plus I have ties to the area, so I feel obligated, but everyone has to make that decision for themself.

    Happy money hunting.

    Pete495
    Pete
    You are getting it really cheap.
    In PA, I pay $43 G's for 25 months. Tuition only.
    Last edit by air on Apr 3, '05
  5. by   deepz
    Don't remember where or when but AANA not long ago said the average cost to train a CRNA is $56K. Compared to $635K for an MDA, largely funded by Medicare. Go figure.

    deepz
  6. by   tridil2000
    Quote from air
    Pete
    You are get it really cheap.
    In PA, I pay $43 G's for 25 months. Tuition only.
    i have been looking at grad school for er np and it's about 28k.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    My MSN is $20K
  8. by   air
    Quote from tridil2000
    i have been looking at grad school for er np and it's about 28k.
    Are you talking about ER nurse practitioner?
  9. by   tridil2000
    Quote from air
    Are you talking about ER nurse practitioner?
    ya. widner university to be specific.
  10. by   air
    Quote from tridil2000
    ya. widner university to be specific.
    Well, Tridil2000.
    I really do not know about that but here in North East,PA (University of Scranton) to be exact that is how much it is costing me. There are some programs that are cheaper but my luck did not extend itself that far.
  11. by   tridil2000
    Quote from air
    Well, Tridil2000.
    I really do not know about that but here in North East,PA (University of Scranton) to be exact that is how much it is costing me. There are some programs that are cheaper but my luck did not extend itself that far.
    widner is in chester county, south of philly. it has a 48 credit program and runs $600 a credit.

    now, rutgers is only 36 credits at $575 a credit! i have been thinking about them too.

    i have also looked at lasalle, drexel and villanova, and all of them come in under $48k.

    un of scranton np program is costing you $48k???? wow! that is a lot!

    do they require gres? both rutgers and widner will waive them if you had a 3.2 or better undergrad, plus experience.

    i think 18 years, cen, ccrn and being an acls instructor should help me!

    are you a member of ena? they have graduate scholarships!
  12. by   Kate11
    My program is around 31,000. Books about another 1200.00. Other expenses, driving 50 miles each way to my clinical sites really add up on expenses. I took the most for Stafford 9,250 each semster, plus borrowed another 30,000 each year to pay living expenses. This seems to be working for my situation. Plus I also work in between exams and breaks - DO NOT RECOMMEND working unless you have a casual position that allows you to schedule yourself when you schedule permits. Good Luck!
  13. by   air
    Quote from Kate11
    My program is around 31,000. Books about another 1200.00. Other expenses, driving 50 miles each way to my clinical sites really add up on expenses. I took the most for Stafford 9,250 each semster, plus borrowed another 30,000 each year to pay living expenses. This seems to be working for my situation. Plus I also work in between exams and breaks - DO NOT RECOMMEND working unless you have a casual position that allows you to schedule yourself when you schedule permits. Good Luck!
    Good,
    The program made of pay a deposite of $2700 as acceptance fee.
    The used that money to pay for Anesthesia (only) books, aana membership, malpractice insurance. I for the 25 months we are here. I work every week. I drive down to MD and work there on a contract. Now, I can cancel if i want. I usually schedule myself on friday mornings, then show up for work saturday and sunday for 12hour shifts. It works well for me. I may have to stop doing it if school challenges me more than I can bear.
  14. by   Pete495
    Quote from air
    Pete
    You are get it really cheap.
    In PA, I pay $43 G's for 25 months. Tuition only.

    That is true. And if you are going down in philadelphia, we will probably have some of the same clinical experiences.

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