I am in need of some advice from any CRNA's or students please. Ever since nursing school I had set in my mind that advancing in my education past a bachelors degree is a must! After my OR rotation and a PRN job at a surgical center I have found interest in anesthesia. The type of work, environment, critical thinking, patient ratio, and autonomy is what really caught my attention. Unfortunately, my undergraduate GPA is not at a competitive level it is currently at a 3.0 (I had to work a full time job throughout school). I have 3 years PICU experience and am currently studying for the GRE. Since I am aware of my academic status I applied to our local NP program and have been accepted. I was hoping that taking some of the NP courses would help me show my current academic level/knowledge/commitment to my education. However, if this will not be of any help I would not want to put in effort or time into an NP program. I have had some suggestions to just stick with NP since its still in the nursing field and also a prestigious job, but I feel that if I am going to spend 2-3 years committed to school once again might as well go BIG (CRNA). This is where I am stuck in a bind should I pursue this NP program to improve my CRNA application and if I am not accepted just stay with NP? Also, the NP program here at my local town would cost me a quarter of what CRNA school would cost. I guess I just want the dream job where I will be doing what I love plus have financial comfort and time to spend with love ones.