It definitely takes a certain personality to endure through the program...I do hope that I have the "right stuff". But, right now, I know that nothing will stand in my way! So, I guess I have drive on my side!
My school is inexpensive about 15K a year, but I took out loans for cost of living, books, etc. Baylor's CRNA program is extremely expensive......they are a private school and you are paying about 10K a semester (correct me if I am wrong, have not checked this out recently). It is expensive!
I don't know if it is the toughest, however the grading is incredible. If you get a "C" in any of the courses, that is considered to be a failing grade...and you have to come back the following year to retake. If you fail, "C", again....you are ousted from the program. The good news is that the didactic portion is separate from the clinical stage. 16 months didactic, then you proceed into the 16 month clinical stage. I feel for Dave, who has his didactic mixed with the clinical portion. That would be tough!!!! I CAN NOT even imagine!!!
I am going to University of Texas-Houston! Our rival is Baylor College. Baylor SRNAs take courses with the medical students and there didactic overlaps there clinical. I do hear that many SRNAs have to go through the humbling experience of tutoring during some of the courses. This is because the courses are being taught to, mostly, medical students with recent higher level science courses. They have the toughest clinical rotation that I have heard of yet. Lets put it this way "they do trauma and they do massive amount of On-call".
There is one good side for Baylor; They obtain a Master in Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Meaning, they do not take any nickel-dime MSN courses. (No offense to any MSN students out there...oops!)