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Can I become an RN and then a Anesthesiologist ?

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by tonyluvnelly tonyluvnelly (Member)

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I'm asking this question because I wanted to know if I can go into MED school with a BSN and then try hard to become an anesthesiologist instead of a CRNA because its practically the same thing but you work your butt off a few more years and it pays off!

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Sure you can. If that's what you want. Go for it.

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Awesome! :D

Gosh, i bet its hard though isnt it? I'm not sure how i could financially get through it but i want it sooo bad! I love how there are steps in order to get there and that you have different levels to achieve before getting there. I just found out i could go for a MSN and then apply for CRNA school or just go into MED school. The decision will have to be made after my BSN.

Sure you can. If that's what you want. Go for it.

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EricJRN has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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You'll just want to talk to your advisor and make sure you incorporate the prereqs for medical school into your degree plan. It usually involves a year of intro biology, a year of advanced biology, a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a year of physics, and usually at least 1-2 math and English courses. Some of these classes may be incorporated into your program, but many will likely not be.

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Awesome! :D

Gosh, i bet its hard though isnt it? I'm not sure how i could financially get through it but i want it sooo bad! I love how there are steps in order to get there and that you have different levels to achieve before getting there. I just found out i could go for a MSN and then apply for CRNA school or just go into MED school. The decision will have to be made after my BSN.

I'm a little confused by your comment "...I could go for a MSN and then apply for CRNA school..." When you go to CRNA school, this is a masters degree program. They are not separate, so when you do your CRNA school, it is a MSN.

You have to ask yourself a basic question: would you be happier with an MD or a CRNA. If you go to med school, you would have your choice of anesthesiology, or any other specialty. If you go to CRNA school, you are limited to anesthesiology. If you know anesthesiology is what you want to do, CRNA may be a good choice for the following reasons:

1. The program is only 2 years instead of 4 years

2. After CRNA school, you may easily be earning 150K or more right out of school, where after medical school, you may be earning about 50K or less for several years. Many medical school graduated have a very difficult time making ends meet during their residency period for several years. This does not hold true for CRNA's, because there is no residency, and you will earn good money upon graduation.

3. The quality of life for a CRNA is very good, and survey's show that CRNA's are happier with their jobs then anesthesiologists (reasons are not given for the difference.)

There are lots of benefits to becoming a physician, and lots of benifits for becoming a CRNA. You have to ask what you want to do in life, and then follow your dreams.

I saw a physician over the weekend who told me that in his med school class, there were 2 CRNA's that decided they wanted to go to medical school, and he said they were very well prepared for medical school, and did a great job in medical school.

So, there are lots of options out there. Good luck with whatever you decide to do....just follow your dreams.

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to the above posters:

ericenfermero:thank you for the med school info and class information.

nurse2bky: thank you for the encouraging words. i think i might have crna :D but only time will tell if i will want to strive for md :D

i'm a little confused by your comment "...i could go for a msn and then apply for crna school..." when you go to crna school, this is a masters degree program. they are not separate, so when you do your crna school, it is a msn.

you have to ask yourself a basic question: would you be happier with an md or a crna. if you go to med school, you would have your choice of anesthesiology, or any other specialty. if you go to crna school, you are limited to anesthesiology. if you know anesthesiology is what you want to do, crna may be a good choice for the following reasons:

1. the program is only 2 years instead of 4 years

2. after crna school, you may easily be earning 150k or more right out of school, where after medical school, you may be earning about 50k or less for several years. many medical school graduated have a very difficult time making ends meet during their residency period for several years. this does not hold true for crna's, because there is no residency, and you will earn good money upon graduation.

3. the quality of life for a crna is very good, and survey's show that crna's are happier with their jobs then anesthesiologists (reasons are not given for the difference.)

there are lots of benefits to becoming a physician, and lots of benifits for becoming a crna. you have to ask what you want to do in life, and then follow your dreams.

i saw a physician over the weekend who told me that in his med school class, there were 2 crna's that decided they wanted to go to medical school, and he said they were very well prepared for medical school, and did a great job in medical school.

so, there are lots of options out there. good luck with whatever you decide to do....just follow your dreams.

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Awesome! :D

Gosh, i bet its hard though isnt it? I'm not sure how i could financially get through it but i want it sooo bad! I love how there are steps in order to get there and that you have different levels to achieve before getting there. I just found out i could go for a MSN and then apply for CRNA school or just go into MED school. The decision will have to be made after my BSN.

Loans for doctors are thrown out left and right....mainly because they get paid back very quickly.

I would start checking with medical schools that you are interested in. When I saw how many years it was going to take for me to get an NNP, I started looking at medical schools, b/c if it was going to only be an extra year or so, I was going to go the MD route.

The list of classes, about gave me a stroke that I saw on one: Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry I and II, Anatomy I and II, Physics I and II, and I think the list just got more scary from there.

I think I'll be happy with the NNP :)

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Loans for doctors are thrown out left and right....mainly because they get paid back very quickly.

I would start checking with medical schools that you are interested in. When I saw how many years it was going to take for me to get an NNP, I started looking at medical schools, b/c if it was going to only be an extra year or so, I was going to go the MD route.

The list of classes, about gave me a stroke that I saw on one: Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry I and II, Anatomy I and II, Physics I and II, and I think the list just got more scary from there.

I think I'll be happy with the NNP :)

Acutally, for all medical schools in the US (allopathic and osteopathic) the required courses are: General Chemistry I & II; Organic Chemistry I & II; Biology I & II; and Physics I & II (algebra-based physics, not calculus-based physics.) Some schools may substitue a biochemistry for an organic chemistry, but the list of courses is pretty standard. Other courses that are recommended over and above these minimum are the biochemistries, A & P, genetics, and calculus. These are not required, however. And, lets not forget, the ever-so-scary MCAT ;)

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