Quote from smf5083
I'm currently a sophomore undergrad studying neurobiology and neuropsychology. I want to finish out my undergraduate BS in biology, but I really want to pursue a career as a CRNA. All of the direct entry programs that I've found (not many) for non-nursing majors STILL require that the applicant be an RN. How would I accomplish my RN licensing with my biology BS and continue on to become a CRNA? And how long would all of this take? At least, that's the path of least resistance that I've been able to find. If anyone has any better avenues to take me from my BS in biology at Penn State University to my career as a CRNA, please inform me! I've discussed possible options with advisors, but few have any ideas for me. Thank you guys for all of your help!
Hi. I mean no disrespect at all but I see a fundamental contradiction in your post. I don't see why you want to finish a degree in a major that won't get you any closer to your RN, why not apply to the nursing programs
near you and start on the only
path to becoming a CRNA?
While there are schools that do not require a BSN, and you can get in with your ADN and a bachelor's degree in another major, you still need to be a registered nurse. The ADN program I went to took two years, and that was after I had already taken the prerequisites. I graduated with my ADN, got a job in an ICU and continued working on my bachelor's degree in nursing while I worked.
Decide your path. If you are determined to be a CRNA, then do what it takes to get into a nursing program. If your biology degree is important, then continue taking those classes too. It might be difficult to have a double major but some of the classes may overlap.
And remember, there is the requirement of at least one year ICU/critical care nursing experience before you can apply to CRNA school. A lot of programs are now saying that they will only accept people with two years or more. That is up to the school.