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by adam3 adam3 (Member)

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Hi guys.I need urgent advice in relocating after finishing my Accelerated BSN. Options are are Tampa Florida and Philadelphia PA.My aim is to try entry to CRNA school.Considering In State vs Out State fees,Where you think I should move?And where You think I will get the BEST chance to enter CRNA school?Also please tell me the job prospects for new grad BSN in both of these areas?Thanks in advance

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m1lkofamnesia has 2 years experience and works as a SRNA.

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I don't know much about Philly, but I can tell you Tampa has 2 main options for CRNA school: USF and Barry. USF takes 50 students, Barry takes quite a few on their Tampa campus, but not sure exactly, perhaps 20-25 at the Tampa campus? I believe they increased their total class size for the new class. Hopefully someone at Barry can comment and tell you more! I will tell you that at USF, you would have more options regarding clinical sites in the Tampa Bay area (over 25). I believe Barry has 2 or 3 clinical sites in Tampa as of now. Both programs are pretty equal in price, ~$60k.

As far as gaining employment in Tampa, look into TGH, Bayfront, Florida Hospital, Brandon Regional, or any of the BayCare hospitals.

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Haven't lived in Philly for awhile, but last I heard the job market is pretty brutal, because there are a TON of nursing programs in the area when you factor in the outlying suburbs. Pay will be better than Tampa though. I haven't looked into it, but there are several top notch hospital systems/universities in the region for CRNA programs. If you can afford it, maybe you can get licenses in both states and apply in both cities?

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Is job market in Philly really that bad?Please anyone from that area can tell me?

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PA has a lot more programs, so if you get in-state there, you also have more schooling options at a discounted price.

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I would check out the COA school search; CRNA School Search

Every school has different requirements and I think it is important where you see yourself and have a support system. Regardless where you choose, your best chance I believe is a program with a strong affiliation with the hospital where you are/will be employed getting your ICU experience. This way you will be on a first name basis with the CRNAs and possibility the faculty involved in the hospital clinical setting.

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