I'm an undergrad student working toward a non-nursing degree. I was planning to take the required courses to be able to apply to accelerated BSN programs after undergrad, work, then pursue a nurse anesthesia specialty. However, I recently read that with the transition to DNAP (which would likely be the degree in place by the time I'd start), it will take longer and be more expensive to finish.
I originally planned to be pre-health...Wouldn't it be more rational to be pre-health, apply to med school instead, and finish residency considering it would only take 1-2 more years? Thanks.
Nothing is certain with the DNAP requirement yet, at least not as far as I can discover. I have been doing a lot of looking around on this since anesthetist interests me too (though to be fair, I always planned to get a Doctorate eventually anyway). So I would choose what you want to do and go for it, and not allow what may or may not happen to dictate choice. Especially as the big changes with ACA get ironed out, nothing is going to be certain for awhile. The last I heard, the requirement kicks in sometime in 2015 but CRNA's with Masters will be grandfathered till 2025, and current programs will gradually expand to include the DNAP. Most people seem to feel the new requirement will only add another year or so the program and may even be a part of it in some schools.
Last edit by JoseQuinones on Sep 28, '13
: Reason: clarification