Masters or Doctorate in Anesthesia? - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   firemedic12
    I'm applying next year and there's only 3 DNP programs on my list of schools to apply to. The rest are MSN/MSNA programs and those DNP programs round out the bottom of my list. I don't plan on getting the DNP unless my future employer requires me to go back (on their dime of course). I've spoken with CRNAs of both backgrounds and they say the difference is there's a whole 6-8 more months of fluff and research courses that don't teach you much. I'd much rather a program use those extra hours for clinical time or science classes.
  2. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from firemedic12
    I'm applying next year and there's only 3 DNP programs on my list of schools to apply to. The rest are MSN/MSNA programs and those DNP programs round out the bottom of my list. I don't plan on getting the DNP unless my future employer requires me to go back (on their dime of course). I've spoken with CRNAs of both backgrounds and they say the difference is there's a whole 6-8 more months of fluff and research courses that don't teach you much. I'd much rather a program use those extra hours for clinical time or science classes.
    I think the most important things to look at are attrition rates, clinical sites (location and type; there should be a significant amount of time spent at independent CRNA clinical sites), average number of cases/types of cases, average number of PNBs/CVLs, and of course 1st time pass rates on boards.

    IMHO the DNP/DNAP is valuable addition and also sets the minimum length of time for all CRNA schools.
  3. by   Bluebolt
    I'm in a DNP program. I believe the three years gives you more time to learn anesthesia concepts and marinate on them. The research and leadership aspects can be helpful for CRNAs to be leaders in healthcare. Not to mention when it comes to autonomy and future legislation in favor for CRNAs it's much stronger to show a group of doctorates over a group of masters professionals.

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