CRNA school is one of the best and worst things I ever did to myself. I went to an accelerated nursing program before that and it really is NOTHING/ fluffy studying compared to the amount of work and knowledge you need to know in CRNA school. My program has one semester of straight didactic which is one of the harder semesters. You think that just because you are a nurse, you can breeze through an anatomy and physiology course with no problem, but in reality, it is so much more in depth than you think, down to the molecular level. Pharmacology is drilled into you from day one, and frankly my program does a semi ****** job of teaching it to you but you have to know it for the comprehensive examinations that they require. Receptor theory, and pharmakokinetics are vital parts of knowledge base, and nursing school NEVER COVERS THIS ! First semester is what I like to call Weed out semester. They load you up with hard classes, and stress you out on purpose. Then the next semester, you have the same amount of classes, and they add 2 days of clinical. Classes are typically 12 hours long, and clinical days are 12-16 hours depending on your rotation. They build up more and more clinical until you are going to clinicals 4-5 days a week, with class sporadically. I can honestly say that I have put in 10-12 hour study days on majority of weekends to keep up, and after clinicals you are so exhausted but you still have to keep up with the physiology that is part of your cases the next day. In clinicals it is BRUTAL. Just because you used to be an ICU nurse, doesn't mean anything. The knowledge base is so much greater, and as a student you are treated like a piece of crap most of the time. You are evaluated every day by your preceptor, and the skill level required is much higher than probably any other advanced practice nurse. You learn to intubate, place nerve blocks, epidurals, spinals and the pharmacology and technical knowledge behind all of that. I can honestly say that I have given up my social life completely, and I am lucky that my family is supportive of me doing this, some people in our class end up divorced/broken up. It is not uncommon.One other thing with the CRNA profession that I have to state is annoying/crazy, is that there isnt as many of us as there are regular nurses. There are probably 1200 crna's in the state of California, and most of them either know someone who knows someone else or they do know them directly. It is common to see the same people at different sites and state meetings. What I am saying is that your reputation as a student/provider precedes you. If you are doing poorly, everyone knows of you. If you mess up in clinical, all the other clinical sites are aware. You have to be super professional at all times even in your personal life because it is all about how you present yourself. I am exhausted all the time, in debt because this program is expensive, and came from making a 6 figure salary as an ICU nurse in California working 3 days a week to working 5 days a week and making nothing as a student. I am done with this program in 2 months. Am I glad I did this? Probably. Do I love what I am doing now? Its amazing..... would I do it all over again knowing what I know now? ........ hopefully.