So, just to give a background on what I know (or what I think
I know); here it goes...
Some CRNA programs I have been looking at are programs where the CRNA student gets a Master's degree when they graduate. Other CRNA programs have it listed where the CRNA student gets a DNP when they graduate. Lastly, I have seen a few CRNA programs that offer MS/DNP degrees for CRNA's.
My question is, does it matter, right now, what degree you get?
I have researched some about this but, opinions scatter this topic on forums to the point where I don't feel like reading through internet fights so I don't get much information. I have read somewhere that until 2025, CRNA's are still able to enter and complete MS programs. Also, that if you are a CRNA with a MS, you are grandfathered in to the DNP category, basically just the same as ever other CRNA, except you have another degree but you can still practice the same amount of care. Correct? Yay or Nah?
If this is correct, by grandfathering into the DNP category, would a CRNA with a MS have to go back to school to earn the title of DNP. In other words, would it be like the RN to BSN shift in nurses where places that have had RN's working for years, encourage them to go back to school to earn their BSN?
I just feel like the terms "grandfathered in" is confusing me. Does this mean that by a certain amount of time, this profession will just have a higher title for people who earned the title and for people who were fortunate enough to get a MS before that time and are automatically at the same level.
If this is confusing you in any way, I am right there with ya'. If someone with an understanding of this whole concept could explain it in layman terms to me, it would be much appreciated. I am far off from applying, but I would like to know in order to narrow down a list of schools with programs that would benefit me in the long run.
I wouldn't want to get an MS just because I thought I wouldn't have to do anything to get a DNP. That sounds silly, but 2 years is better than 3 for the same scope.
Thank you for reading and responding!
Jan 3, '13
Quote from wtbcrna
CRNAs have successfully went from certificate to Bachelors to Masters and now the COA/AANA are going to require new graduates graduating in the year 2025 or later to have a Doctorate (DNP/DNAP). There are still CRNAs with certificates practicing just as they have for years with the same scope of practice as Masters prepared CRNAs. One of the biggest pushes for CRNAs to get a Doctorate is that SRNAs are already doing much more than is required for a normal Masters so why not get the degree to match the credit hours. My nurse anesthesia program we graduated with 82 semester credit hours which approximately twice what a generic MSN or most other Master programs would have required.
The nurse anesthesia council of accreditation (COA) has proposed that all nurse anesthesia programs move to a minimum of 36 month programs.
Instead of focusing on the type of degree program offered I would first and foremost recommend consider the program that offers the best clinical experiences and that prepares graduates for independent practice.
Wow! 82 credit hours? My program was 64 credits and could have easily been 45-60. Yours must have been packed full of even more fluff than is standard.
I would MUCH rather seen CRNA programs move in the direction of 24 month program and cut out much of the fluff. I realize it's going in the other direction but lets be honest about why. It is all about limiting access to the profession.
Last edit by IndiCRNA on Jan 3, '13