Are There Differences in Degree Titles?

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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 pre-nursing student right now and I'm very interested in becoming a CRNA in the future. Today I was refreshing myself up on what it takes to be accepted into CRNA programs and what schools offered such a program in my state of Minnesota.

    It turns out 4 schools offer CRNA programs here but they all end in different degrees.
    -This info taken from, CRNA Schools

    U of M- Doctorate of Nursing practice, 90 credits, $67932
    Mayo - Master of Nurse Anesthesia, 96 credits, $14000
    MSA - Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, 48 credits, $30732
    St.Mary's- Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, 64 credits, $33320

    So my questions are, 1.) What's the difference?
    2.) Does it matter to employers if you have a doctorate over a masters and if so is it worth the extra
    money to get it?
    Thank you.

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  2. 13 Comments...

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    Employers want a licensed, qualified practitioner. Go for the $14,000 model. It's cheaper and just as shiny as all the others.
    merlee likes this.
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    CRNA=CRNA=CRNA

    whether or not you got your degree from Harvard or Billy Bob's school of nurse anesthesia....as long as you are liscensed and qualified....
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    Agreed, and it's Mayo afterall
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    I had to laugh at the first one. I hope there aren't people going all the way to PhD for a CRNA.

    Definitely go for Mayo - more education for fewer dollars = go for it!
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    If your only goal is to be a CRNA period then I agree with the above replies. But many people choose career paths without thinking about things like getting older and wanting a change and/or moving up. A CRNA program that awards a doctorate degree vs. a masters degree is not simply a matter of picking the cheapest program.

    When asking for advice as a young pre-nursing student, the best question that people asked me was "where do you want to be in 10-15 years?"

    I did not know nor care at that point in my life so that's how I ended up doing the long route in nursing (LPN to RN to BSN now masters at 40).

    Really think about what you want and do not simply choose the cheapest degree or shortest program. There really is more to nursing and your professional life than what license you will have after school is over.
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    Employers look at clinical experience, so not all programs are equal. Look for diverse clinical experience. If you have all your experiences at 'Meca Hospital' then you might be well prepared to go to work there, but may struggle in another environment if 'Meca Hospital' is all you have been exposed to. Some of the programs with the most name recognition are known in the anesthesia community to have mediocre clinical experience. Employers are becoming more selective than in the past and are looking for more than someone with a license.
    wtbcrna likes this.
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    Yeah, that's what I thought. I guess I'm surprised though that there wouldn't be a difference in pay or benefits. Thanks for the quick responses.
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    I'm interested in Billy Bob's school of anesthesia. How might I enroll there?
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    You have to look at each school individually and not just the price of attendance/degree awarded. You should look for a school that teaches you to be proficient in independent practice, regionally skills, CVLs, pain management outside the OR in the hospital setting, completion rates of SRNAs, average boards pass rates, clinical locations, clinical experiences etc.. These are some of the things you should think about when deciding on a nurse anesthesia school. Unfortunately not all CRNAs are equal. There is sometimes a great disparity in clinical skills/abilities among CRNAs. I would recommend looking at schools that teach independence and limit ACT clinicals as much as possible.

    You can also look at the military, USPHS, and VA programs if cost of attendance is a major concern.


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