ADN vs BSN when you already have a Bachelor's in a non-nursing field

Specialties CRNA


Though every CRNA program I researched requires a BSN, someone just told me that some graduate nursing programs will accept an ADN with a non-nursing Bachelor's degree in lieu of a BSN. Does anyone know if this is true for CRN programs as well??? Or, is the BSN the only option to get accepted to a CRNA program even if you already have a Bachelor's?


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Specializes in CRNA, ICU,ER,Cathlab, PACU.

...and read closely "or related science degree".

there are many avenues of study that will enable you to comprehend the challenging subject matter in anesthesia school. last I checked, if you do a pre med track you must take 1year physics, 1 year ochem, 1year iochem, 1year math, with colorful electives.

I dont know why spending a year in nursing theory classes and writing papers about Dorthea Orem are so important to the "BSN required" schools. i guess it is the statistics, or nursing research or something. they must think that nursing is the only disciplined science that will shape one into a good anesthetist.

I don't know, just my take...hope I answered your question, sorry about the soapbox, I wondered the same things when I started to apply, but soon found many programs accept bs in related fields other than nursing.


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I think- but am not sure, so please don't hold me to this- that USC accepts Bachelor's besides BSN. That's University of South Carolina, Columbia. Someone correct me if you know otherwise.


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Specializes in CRNA, ICU,ER,Cathlab, PACU.

last I heard USC was no longer offering CRNA least that is what I was told when I requested an app. AANA still has it on their website though...I wonder why? Any clue out there?

A couple programs in Minnesota do not require BSN, as well as Connecticut.


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About half of our anesthesia programs are housed in schools of Nursing. Those require a BSN for admission, and grant a MSN upon completion of nurse anesthesia education.

The other half offer some other type of masters. They require a bachelor's, but not neccessarily in nursing.

Check the site for the list of accredited programs. Simple scrolling through the degrees offered should clue you in to which ones will probably accept non-nursing bachelor's.

loisane crna, ba (no bsn)

New Castle Ken

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I have been seeing more of this lately while doing research for my book. Not sure about CRNA programs specifically but a few online programs have been taking BS Degrees in another field and admitting them into the MSN programs with maybe some bridge courses. This is certainly for the good. You should ask at the different CRNA schools that you could attend. They might not advertise this but if you ask specifically they may admit you.


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The University of South carolina (USC) in Columbia accepts those with an ADN degree and a BS in a science-related field. The nurse anesthesia program is out of the School of Medicine, which is separate from the main campus. The degree granted is a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia.

Applications are not accepted until either January or February with deadline in June. The program has no plans of closing.

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