i have the same question...
i am currently a 3rd yr student at a Univ of CA majoring in psych. it wasnt until recently (after weeks of volunteering at a local hospital) that i've decided to be a nurse. i am planning to finish my undergrad and receive my degree in psych in spr05, then apply to a direct-entry msn program afterwards. similar to want2beanurse, i would like to know how selective the institutions that offer this program are. how many applicants, on average, apply every year? what are the things that i should do to increase my chances of getting admitted?
additionally, i see that there are some pre-req courses that i have to take to get admitted. my question is, does it matter where i take those courses if i really want to get into the direct-entry program?
lastly, i really want to be a nurse anesthetist, but sadly, i hear that most direct-entry programs dont offer nurse anesthetist as one of the specializations. my question is, should i do direct-entry (if admitted) for 3 yrs specializing in nurse practitioner or something else and then apply again for masters to be a crna? or do i forget about direct-entry, go get my bsn (for 4 yrs) or second degree bsn (for 2 yrs, i think) and then apply for masters in nurse anesthetist? which one do you think is better? i hope i made sense.
thanks for the help/advice in advance everyone!