Quote from Phishininau
4. Depending on the route that you go, the schooling can be shorter. For me it has not been: 2 Bachelor's Degrees, 2 years working in the unit to get learn and get into school, 2.5 years in CRNA program. That is just as much as medical school, including the specialty and residency. Also, my loan bill will be similar to an MDAs.
Responding to this quote and to the orginial poster -- I've spoken with many MD/DO's and they all have expressed the fact that its not necessarily the amount of time it takes to finish undergrad, med school, and residency that is so daunting when considering medical school. Surely, it does require a great deal of time; however, all MD/DO's I've spoken with concerning this subject said its the amount of time you need to put forth toward med school and residency. It has everything to do with the fact that during those 7 to 12 years (depending on residency length), you literally have to put everything else in your life on the backburner and only focus on medicine. Most have told me that medical school and residency wouldn't be a bad gig (even in the respect of spending 10 years pursuing it) if it were not so incredibly intensive.
So when people say they have basically gone through what a physician has in terms of doing a few undergrad degrees, working a few years as a nurse, and then doing a post-bac degree to pursue an APN or some other similar field is horribly mistakened.
To the OP: I would choose whatever your heart tells you to. If you think that later on in life, you will regret not pursuing MD/DO, then I definitely recommend choosing that route. However, if you are comfortable with being a CRNA and have shadowed other CRNA's and have an idea about the field, then definitely pursue it. You will definitely always have a job throughout your lifetime.