1. Hi- I have done a little research but still have not been able to find what I am looking for. What exactly is the difference between a CRNA and an AA? It seems like an AA goes to school for the same amount of time as a CRNA and they get paid the same amount. The only difference is an AA can go straight in from a 4 year school provided they took pre-med courses. Nurses need critical care experience. It also seems like it would be a lot easier for a nurse to go this route if they did not have the critical care experience. Can someone please explain?? Is there a major difference between the two and lastly why do they both exist? Thanks.
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  3. by   SRNA312
    Without expounding too much, what you say is pretty much how it is in a nutshell. People have very strong opinions about these two professions but the bottom line is, there is no research to prove that in the long run, one profession is better or safer than the other. It's all a matter of opinion. They both/all (MDA's too) exist because there is a shortage of anesthesia providers. History has proven that when there is a shortage of a type of service, society will create other ways to help fill the need.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to

    Please take the time to do some searching on this forum, you will find that your question has already been answered multiple times. And there are some very good threads on the topic.