Masters or Doctorate in Anesthesia?

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    I have been researching several different nurse anesthesia programs and have come across both the Masters and Doctorate programs in anesthesia. I have a few questions and concerns, I figured who better to ask then a large group or CRNA's. Firstly, I was curious if CRNA's with a Doctorate degree had a substantial advantage over CRNA's with a Master's degree. Do they have that much better of an education, make more money, have an easier time finding a job, etc. I have heard that all CRNA's will have to have a doctorate by 2025 (year could be wrong, but I believe it's somewhere around there), but that CRNA's with Master's degrees will be grandfathered in. To sum up the post, I am really just looking for information on the differences between the degrees and how it effects you once you are a practicing CRNA.
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    Quote from commonsense
    I have been researching several different nurse anesthesia programs and have come across both the Masters and Doctorate programs in anesthesia. I have a few questions and concerns, I figured who better to ask then a large group or CRNA's. Firstly, I was curious if CRNA's with a Doctorate degree had a substantial advantage over CRNA's with a Master's degree. Do they have that much better of an education, make more money, have an easier time finding a job, etc. I have heard that all CRNA's will have to have a doctorate by 2025 (year could be wrong, but I believe it's somewhere around there), but that CRNA's with Master's degrees will be grandfathered in. To sum up the post, I am really just looking for information on the differences between the degrees and how it effects you once you are a practicing CRNA.
    The DNP/DNAP has no advantages over a Masters degree for day to day practice as a CRNA. There will be no difference in pay, finding a job etc. Nurse anesthetists graduating in 2025 or later will have to have their Doctorate to sit for boards, and the CRNAs before that time will be grandfathered in just as previous Bachelor and Certificate CRNAs were. You will need your Doctorate if you plan to teach, but otherwise there is very little that a DNP/DNAP offers over a Masters degree in Nursing/Anesthesia. The idea behind the DNP is to give graduates the education they need to better utilize research and implement evidenced based practice throughout their careers.
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    Any idea if the "Dr" requirement will be the same time line for NP's as well?

    I've been looking between the two.
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    Quote from ppfd
    Any idea if the "Dr" requirement will be the same time line for NP's as well?

    I've been looking between the two.
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Doctor of Nursing Practice Here is all the information you should need on the DNP.
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    Thank You
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    Depends on the employer, some hospitals look at the dnp different .If it's a team job so called no different in pay .But some do pay alittle more.
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    Quote from lmdscd
    Depends on the employer, some hospitals look at the dnp different .If it's a team job so called no different in pay .But some do pay alittle more.
    I would be interested in what private/non-government employer is paying CRNAs more for a DNP/DNAP outside of an academic institution?..
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    I know of no places that pay CRNAs more for having a DNP. Clinically they do the same thing. Pay scale is based on years experience, and usually top out between 8 to 10 years. No one at work will know what degree you have. I work with competent CRNAs who have a bachelors, used to work with a woman who had a certificate (that actually said trained in open drop ether). If you want to do upper level management or academic then go DNP. It does a great job of teaching you to interpret research, which is great. If CRNA's can't interpret the research themselves then they are at the mercy of anesthesiologists who can (then your stuck with whatever other people tell you).
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    Was told pay scale depended on years in school from admin so just going on that word.
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    Quote from lmdscd
    Was told pay scale depended on years in school from admin so just going on that word.
    That is generally true for nurses not CRNAs. CRNAs usually have a totally different pay scale, and it is usually only years of experience/type of experience that comes into pay consideration.


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