ICU time for CRNA?

  1. Hi everyone,
    I am a student working on my BSN and have one year left. My dream is to apply to the Anesthesia program, but I don't want to be 80 years old and still going to school. Do you think I would have a good chance of getting into the program with only one year of experience in the ICU, or does this just not happen? Thanks for your replies, Steve
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    I think the school at our hospital required 2 years critical care. Have you asked the schools what they require. Im sure that there will be some varying answers. They all require BS though.
  4. by   nilepoc
    Hello,

    The lowest requirements I have seen, is one year. That said, you should do that year in the busiest ICU you can find if you plan to have enough experience to get into school. I just applied and was accepted to a program, after having 4 years of ICU experience. The people I have talked to, say that the clinical part of interviews to get into school, get worse, the less experience you have.

    BTW if you only have one year, your grades and GRE scores had better be top notch.

    You should read the threads in the CRNA forum, there is a great deal of info that might help you in your quest to become a CRNA.
  5. by   nilepoc
    Boy I just re-read my post, and I think I sounded snotty, I am sorry about that. I would really encourage you to pursue becomming a CRNA, i personally know someone who got in to school on the first try, with one year of experience.

    Good luck.

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