I posted this on the general nursing forums but didn't realize there was a CRNA forum. So i'm reposting it here.
I am currently on my 5th year as an undergrad going for a Biochemistry degree. It's taking me 5 years becuase I have absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. However today i read about CRNA's. I understand that I need a bachelor degree in nursing and must be an RN to be considered for graduate programs to be a CRNA.
Before this I wanted to become a pharmacist, but after looking at what I needed to do the applications and prerequisites seemed a little ridiculous to me because each of the schools
had their own set of requirements. If i were to apply to many different ones, I would have had to take alot of extra courses.
My question is if I graduate with a Biochemistry degree, what steps would I have to take after I get my degree to become a CRNA. And just a couple more general questions. How long does it take? Is the coursework as tough as pharmacy coursework? Is it harder to get accepted into a MS program to become a CRNA as opposed to med,vet or pharmacy school?
Thank you in advance.
Sep 19, '06
check out our thread: read first: how to become a crna faq
since you will graduate with bs degree, look into accelerated programs
that can be completed in one year of full-time 12 month intense coursework.
baccalaureate and master's programs
upon graduating, you must pass the nclex-rn exam to obtain licensure as rn. crna programs require 1 year experience in critical care unit prior to being accepted. as with other professions, each school has their own requirements for entrance.
crna programs are ~ 24 months in length so you are looking at 4 years from now to become crna. coursework is equal to pharmacy school or possbily even harder as your actions control whether someone lives or dies when administering medications and gases.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 19, '06