Are there BS programs to become a RN Anesthetist?

  1. Hi all,
    I was under the impression that one would have to get their BSN before even considering going CRNA. I'm doing the ASN and then hopefully transfering BSN but not if I can get a BS in Anesthetics. Are there school with programs like that? If so, where?

    Also, If I really wanted to go Pharmacology which of these specific studies should I go into if I wanted to become a CRNA ultimately?

    They are at the University of Texas at Austin.

    I'm just wondering whether it would be more interesting to go the Medicinal way rather than the application of RN duties. I'm not sure what to do. I want to learn everything there is to know about Anesthetics but RN's alone dont get to learn all that kind of good stuff eventhough man have to become RN's before they become CRNA's. That is how I thought you had to do it.

    Can I go Pharmacy and then get into a CRNA program? Or are there CRNA BS programs out there? Please Help.


    Respectfully,
    Tony
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    The CRNA is a master's level RN, there are no Bachelor's degrees in anesthesia.

    The programs require that you have your RN, as well as minimum of a Bachelor's degree, as well as a year of experience as an RN in a critical care area. So the degree in pharmacy will not get you into a CRNA program if you are not an RN already.
  4. by   ready4crna?
    Not sure if you have really looked into the profession. There are Bachelors prepared CRNA's still in practice, but you can no longer become one without a masters degree. Not all programs require a BSN, but all programs accept them. For example, you could get a BS in pharmacology and be eligible for those programs that do not require the BSN specifically. The catch is, you would not be eligible to apply to those programs that do specifically require the BSN. Check out AANA.com for the specific programs on your area. Most importantly- talk/shadow a CRNA to see what the job is about.
  5. by   asianrn
    there's no such thing as bs in anesthesia...it's all masters degree and requires you to have at least one year rn icu experience..please check the website aana and do some research about crna

    crna stands for certified registered nurse anesthetists..it's all certified nurses that learned "all the good stuff" about anesthesia..
  6. by   shandsburnRN-CRNA
    There are programs that accept other degrees other than the BSN. It would be best for you to look at what CRNA programs you are interested in and see what their degree requirements are.

    Good Luck.
  7. by   deepz
    All CRNA programs now lead to a Masters.
  8. by   DIGNOUT
    Quote from TonyTovar
    I'm just wondering whether it would be more interesting to go the Medicinal way rather than the application of RN duties.
    Hey Tony,

    If it is more interesting for you the "medicinal" route (read: medicine), perhaps look into anesthesiology. RN "duties" continue into anesthesia practice (read: CRNA). Nursing is the practice of caring, a "duty" that is unchanging no matter the practice application. Take a few of the classes you have outlined and see what hits home. Good luck with everything.

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