Hi all, I have some pretty basic questions for y'all - and appreciate ALL of the responses and advice!!
I'm serious about becoming a CRNA - HOWEVER I'm also serious about spending a few years in the military. I'm currently enlisted in NAVY as a Hospital Corpsman, but I'm thinking of talking to an Air Force recruiter to see what kind of nursing opportunities they have for me.
Anyway, bottom line is I need to get my BSN, and I've gotta do the work online (due to expected travelling). HOWEVER, I'm not an RN and have no other degree or credits to speak of.
Soooo, some of these may seem naive but I guess maybe I am, a little...
-Can someone explain to me officially what it takes to become an RN? (regarding average time it takes and credits needed etc..)
-There are many RN to BSN programs available online ... If it takes, say 2 years to become an RN (and the BSN is a 4 year degree) - this is the first 2 for RN and an additional 4, right? 6 years to get a BSN (on average)?
-Would it be more time efficient to get a Bachelor's degree in something OTHER than nursing, and then do the 2nd degree accelerated BSN program?
-Also, for anyone currently IN the Navy / Air Force, which branch has the better opportunities to faster get from point A to point B? (Point B being of course a BSN and then acceptance into an anesthesiology program for CRNA).
I've been told that it would be faster to just skip the military and go to school - but that's not an option for me.
Again, thanks for the help, it's mucho appreciated!
Apr 12, '04
I wouldn't assume that an ADN takes just two years. Don't forget about pre-reqs. Programs do vary, but my school requires Micro, Anatomy, Physiology and, in order to qualify for those courses, you have to take basic Bio and Chemistry first.
Add to that English, Math, two Psych courses, Speech, another Humanities and a Physical Education course and you're probably looking at another two years BEFORE they'll let you into the ADN program.
Some ADN programs don't require all of this but a lot of them (including BSNs) do. Namely the Micro and A&P portions. The other stuff varies somewhat.
I always laugh when people say you can knock out an ADN in two years.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 12, '04
Apr 13, '04
Phil: There are no simple answers to any of these questions. Especially if you're also looking at military options. As orrnlori mentioned, no two programs are alike at any level of nursing education, and there is no set formula, per se. Especially if you're looking at becoming a CRNA.
I too have been looking at CRNA long term, but it's complicated. You can meet all of the academic requirements, score well on your GRE, take the additional courses many of the programs require (and, of course, even those requirements vary), and still not get in if you blow the interview (assuming you're even asked to the interview.) And, apparently, a lot of people don't make it through the interview. Not to mention, most programs prefer more than one year minimum of ICU (or, in some cases, other critical care) experience. You may be competing with candidates who have 3-5 years experience.
So you can't just say you're going to get this done in X amount of years, IMHO.
Then there are issues of whether CRNA salaries will remain high and whether such an investment of time and money will be worth it. Right now the physicians lobby is pushing states to license Anesthetist Assistants, who have a lot less education and training. Supposedly AA's have already driven down salaries in Georgia (where one of the two AA programs in the country are located). I don't know if the salary information is accurate, or how much of a threat AA's pose for the long term since there are only two schools in the country, but it's definitely something to watch. There are bills pending in Florida and in the local District of Columbia government to allow AA's, and I believe six other states already license them. The VA is also considering allowing AA's to practice in their hospitals as well. So, things can change quickly in the medical field, especially when the AMA is pushing an agenda.
Personally, I'm going to wait until I come an RN first, and explore all options in the field and assess trends in the marketplace before I make a decision on CRNA or any other advanced education plans. Perhaps you should consider the same.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 13, '04