I did a search in the threads but couldn't come up with the answer to my question so here it is, if anyone can help please chime in. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering right now and am about 90% sure after volunteering, shadowing and meeting with many CRNA's that I to make a pretty drastic career switch and become a CRNA.
Here is my question: I know I need a year of critical care experience, need to be a current RN and may or may not need to take the GRE in order to apply to a CRNA school, but I cannot find out if I need a BSN in nursing, does this requirement vary form school to school (like the GRE requirement which is waived at some schools
if your GPA was over a 3.5).
Since I am starting my CRNA track by taking pre-nursing prereqs first (yes anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc.) I have some time before I apply to a nursing program but I don't know whether to get after the accelerated BSN programs or a program that would make me an LPN and eventually and RN. If anyone has any advice on which track would be beneficial again please let me know. Thanks for the help!
Oct 11, '06
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Which program(s) are you looking at and where do you live? How do your prereq's compare to admission requirements to associate's programs and BSN programs. Would it make more sense to go an accelerated BSN route versus an associate's program, in regards to time? Cost, is it an issue? Have you looked at MSN programs for non-bsn nurses?
Whichever way you choose, you will certainly be able to ge into a program. Not getting a BSN isn't going to preclude you from CRNA school, but will limit your choices a bit.
One thing I will say is do not even bother with the LPN route. That's a complete waste of time. Associate's, BSN or MSN, that's where you need to head.
Hope this helps.
I live in Michigan and am looking at MSU, Oakland, GVSU and U of D Mercy for accelerated BSN programs. I attended MSU for my undergrad and could take a lot of classes at LCC that would transfer over (and save me a ton of money) so that is my top choice, but I know that the schools around Detroit and Grand Valley also have good programs.
As far as prereqs are concerned, I am almost starting from scratch since I haven't even taken anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc. In fact, because engineering is so focused on math classes the only classes that carry over for me are chemistry and statistics. What I am looking at right now is to take the rest of the prereqs (which are basically the same for BSN as well as Associate programs) at my local community college while I continue to work, and apply to get into a BSN program starting Fall of 2008 (since the deadline is about a year in advance I won't be eligible to get in to the Fall 2007 class.
Last edit by Spartan05 on Oct 11, '06