Are There Differences in Degree Titles? - page 2
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Hello, this is my first post on allnurses but I have been reading posts for some time now and would like to first thank everyone for their great words of advise and time spent sharing their knowledge with others. I am a... Read More
- 0Jan 14, '11 by crnabrianThere is no difference really. The end result is the same, you get to take the certification exam, and if you pass it, you get the "CRNA" credential.
Personally, I would avoid a program run by the nursing department. Too much "nursing theory" and other stuff. There are programs run by professional CRNAs, not professional RNs.
I get the feeling your question really is, will the cheapest program (Mayo) get me what I need. Yes.
- 0Jan 14, '11 by BCRNAThere is absolutley no difference in pay. I work with guys who have certificates, bachelors, and masters. No one even knows what degrees others have. It doesn't matter. Only go for the DNP if you want to be a program director, those typically require doctorates. In anesthesia there aren't really any other uses for the DNP if you already have a masters.
- 0Jan 23, '11 by remifentanilThe answer is NO. Having said that, I would, if at all possible avoid an MSN program... the N means you will have to endure painful nursey-nurse classes with other graduate nursing students... I can tell you I sat in the back of those classes praying for death and the sweet relief it would bring... Or read a Road & Track magazine.
- 0Jan 27, '11 by BCRNAI agree with the MSN programs having useless classes that are torture. They are a pain, but can be done. I would suggest though you consider if you would ever want a DNP before skippping a MSN. I say this just becuase right now if you do not have a MSN, you HAVE to do a DNAP program. It isn't an option. Where I live I can get a DNP for less than 15,000. A DNAP is 40000 to 60000 minimum, out of state tuition. Would be smart to take that into account.
If you are 100% certain all you want to do is practice anesthesia, then any program will do. If your state does not have a DNAP program then you will want to consider that, only if you might want a doctoral degree later.
Also, the nursing PhD programs in your state might specifically require a MSN. My state will not accept anything other than an MSN to get into their programs. There aren't many CRNA PhD's, but if research is a possibility then take that into account. I know two CRNA's who had to do a online MSN program before applying to PhD program. Didn't prepare them any better, just met the requirement. The only option for them was to go to a program that cost over 100,000, compared to the 30,000 in state program.