RN to CRNA - which road? - page 4

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    Do most programs require a BSN or do others may exceptions?
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    Quote from tryingtopass
    Do most programs require a BSN or do others may exceptions?
    *** All school accept a BSN. The only ones that require it are the schools based in university schools of nursing (a minority). All require a bachelors degree in something. I have knows nurses to get accepted to CRNA school with degrees in forestry, music, english, dairy science and the basic sciences like chem.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Just FYI you can't be qualifed to apply to any CRNA school with a masters degree unless you also have a bachelors degree. For example a nurse who does and ADN to MSN program would not be elligable to apply to CRNA school. All CRNA schools must require a bachelors degree.
    That said I have known people to go to CRNA school with bachelors degrees in forestry, dairy science, all the hard sciences, music and english.
    My other avice is to keep your plan to go to anesthesia school a secret. ICU nurse managers hate losing RNs just at the point they are starting to become useful to the unit. I have known more than one ICU nurse manager go so far as to call your nursing school instructors and ask if a potential hire ever talked about going to CRNA school.
    I had no idea if you had an MSN from an ADN you could not get into CRNA school... Where did you get this information?
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    Quote from ruler of kolob
    I had no idea if you had an MSN from an ADN you could not get into CRNA school... Where did you get this information?
    *** I don't remember where I got the information. Seems like I have always known that. However it can be found on the AANA's web site here:
    Become a CRNA

    "Requirements

    The requirements for becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) mainly include having a bachelor's degree in nursing (or other appropriate baccalaureate degree), Registered Nurse licensure, a minimum of one year acute care experience (for example, ICU or ER), and the successful completion of both an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and the national certification examination. For more information about the nurse anesthesia profession and its requirements, please read the documents information below.
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    I emailed the COA and yes a direct MSN would meet the admission requirement for having a bachelors degree.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    I emailed the COA and yes a direct MSN would meet the admission requirement for having a bachelors degree.
    Great! Thanks for finding that out. Interesting that the AANA's own website is putting out inaccurate information.
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    It's kind of obvious if you have a MASTERS in nursing..... that obviates the need for a BACHELORS in nursing.

    PMFB did your CRNA school only accept BSN's?
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Great! Thanks for finding that out. Interesting that the AANA's own website is putting out inaccurate information.
    It isn't really misinformation. Those criteria come straight from the COA, but the COA doesn't clarify that particular rule. Login (members only access) Here is all information accreditation from the COA.
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    Quote from ruler of kolob
    It's kind of obvious if you have a MASTERS in nursing..... that obviates the need for a BACHELORS in nursing.

    PMFB did your CRNA school only accept BSN's?
    *** I am not a CRNA. However I have helped dozens of my ICU nurse freinds get accepted to CRNA school and nearly all my old ICU friends are CRNAs now. As my units nurse education cordinator I also worked with two differnt CRNA schools whose students do clinicals in our hospital.
    Of the 5 area CRNA (I use "area" very loosly as we are very rural) schools only one is based in a university school of nursing and requires a BSN. I know they do not accept applications from nurses without BSNs. I speak witht he cordinator of this program regularly and they do require a BSN. A MSN without a previous BSN would not be elligabel to apply. I never had reason to ask any of the others. The others consider nurses with a variety of bachelors degrees. As I have mentioned previously I have seen nurses with bachelors degrees in things like forestry, music, english, dairy science, and others get accepted to CRNA school. When looking at various CRNA school's websites they all list a bachelors degree as a requirment.
    One local school in particular, based in a university without a nursing program, seems to be willing to accept just about any bachelors degree. Their CRNA grads actually graduate with a MS in biology.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    It isn't really misinformation. Those criteria come straight from the COA, but the COA doesn't clarify that particular rule. Login (members only access) Here is all information accreditation from the COA.
    *** Maybe not but I assumed that if a requirment for CRNA school was listed on the AANA's website it would actually be a requirement. Maybe I shouldn't make assumtions about the integrity of the AANA.
    Not being a COA member I can't log in. However I belive you and don't doubt that you are telling us. I am very happy to stand corrected on this matter.


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