Are There Differences in Degree Titles? - page 2

Hello, this is my first post on allnurses but I have been reading posts for some time now and would like to first thank everyone for their great words of advise and time spent sharing their knowledge... Read More

  1. by   BCRNA
    I agree with the MSN programs having useless classes that are torture. They are a pain, but can be done. I would suggest though you consider if you would ever want a DNP before skippping a MSN. I say this just becuase right now if you do not have a MSN, you HAVE to do a DNAP program. It isn't an option. Where I live I can get a DNP for less than 15,000. A DNAP is 40000 to 60000 minimum, out of state tuition. Would be smart to take that into account.

    If you are 100% certain all you want to do is practice anesthesia, then any program will do. If your state does not have a DNAP program then you will want to consider that, only if you might want a doctoral degree later.

    Also, the nursing PhD programs in your state might specifically require a MSN. My state will not accept anything other than an MSN to get into their programs. There aren't many CRNA PhD's, but if research is a possibility then take that into account. I know two CRNA's who had to do a online MSN program before applying to PhD program. Didn't prepare them any better, just met the requirement. The only option for them was to go to a program that cost over 100,000, compared to the 30,000 in state program.