I'm new to the site and have been reading as many threads as possible! I am a senior at a large university studying biology. Currently I have a 3.65 and around a 3.6 science GPA. It will probably go down a little since I am taking 17 hours this semester and 21 next semester, but I think it will stay above a 3.5. I know, I know, take an extra semester, but I can't because of financial reasons. I made As in both ochem 1&2, biochem, and loved both! During the summer I did an undergrad research internship down at GHSU for 9 weeks. I've raised 2 service dogs and am very involved in the program. I've got a 1130 GRE. I've volunteered over 90+ hours in my local hospital and shadowed many different health professionals.
Throughout my college career I've had a few majors from recreational studies, education, to biology. I thought of doing AA, but was talked out of that from a few different doctors. I then went to PT, but I love the OR, and soon left PT. I was pre-med for a while, but am very interested in having a life as well a job, not having my job BE my life. I found out about CRNA through some friends and have been really interested and am hoping that this job will be one that I love as well as something that will facilitate all of my other passions as well.
My concerns are my stats, and not having a high GPA my senior year as well as loans. I will already have my bachelors in Biology and am planning on going to the CNL program at GHSU to get my RN, working in the ICU for 1-2 years, then going to the CRNA program at GHSU.
Every CRNA I've talked to has seemed to love their jobs. Are there any CRNAs out there that can share their experiences? HOw was it paying off your loans? That is a huge concern for me. Was it worth it? I know that this process will be about just as long as Med school and residency (not exactly), but for me it's more the quality of life that is important. I want the possibility of working part-time if necessary for when I have kids, is this something that is offered for CRNAs? I've talked to nurses and CRNAs, and am going to shadow a family friend who is a CRNA this Friday and hope that it goes well!
What do ya'll think? Any advice would be so welcome! Any CRNAs wish they would have gone to Med school? Happy with your job? Have enough time to do other things that you enjoy and for your family?
Thanks so much in advance!!!!!!
At this point it is going to take you just about as long to become an MDA or a CRNA, if you want to be a physician you should pursue that route and not worry about loans.
You are going to come out of school in debt as an MDA or as an CRNA, but at 150K+/yr for a CRNA or 250K+/yr for an MDA I think most people can afford to pay off their student loans without any financial difficulties.
MDAs and CRNAs do the same thing. We both provide anesthesia, and if you don't want to worry about politics or supervision you can always work in a CRNA only practice. MDAs do have the advantage on being able to branch out. You will find MDAs that specialize in pain management, critical care, regional, neuro, cardiac etc. You won't find that many CRNAs that are truly specialized.
Last edit by wtbcrna on Nov 10, '11