IS BSN a requirement?

  1. Hi, everyone here:

    I searched the interent, seems some CRNA programs require BSN only, some allow you to apply with a non-nursing bachelor's degree, but they prefer a Science major if you don't have a BSN.

    What is the person's chance of getting into the program with a non-science bachelor's degree? Or is it best for the person to get BSN first and then apply? I have BA in business, if possible, I would prefer just get ADN.

    Any thoughts is greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   MaleAPRN
    As far as I know, a BSN is a must. If you look at the AANA website, it'll tell you what requirements you need to qualify for CRNA school.

    Hope this helps.
  4. by   Isuhd8u
    Quote from rhp123
    Hi, everyone here:

    I searched the interent, seems some CRNA programs require BSN only, some allow you to apply with a non-nursing bachelor's degree, but they prefer a Science major if you don't have a BSN.

    What is the person's chance of getting into the program with a non-science bachelor's degree? Or is it best for the person to get BSN first and then apply? I have BA in business, if possible, I would prefer just get ADN.

    Any thoughts is greatly appreciated.
    If you know now that you plan to apply to anesthesia school in the future, I would definately go with the BSN. It will meet the educational requirement of any anesthesia school whereas the non-nursing bachelor's degree will be limiting. It probably won't take you much more time to get your BSN since you already have a degree. There are even some programs that have "accelerated" BSN programs for folks that already have a college degree. Best of luck in whatever you decide.
  5. by   rhp123
    vinnysca, isuhd8u:

    Thanks for your help.

    I'd search more on the website vinnysca mentioned.

    Maybe I should try to get into accelerated BSN program, it will take me the same time as ADN, just much more expensive, but saves the time and money of future ADN-BSN. Accelerated BSN seems worth it in the long run.
  6. by   athomas91
    BSN is a must (to my knowledge)
  7. by   TraumaNurse
    To my knowledge, even those few programs that do not require a BSN, still require a BS. I do not know of any program that will accept a BA for CRNA school. Also, many accelerated BSN programs are for those with a prior BS degree. If you can find one, an accelerated BSN would be the best route for you, IMO. Since you are a non-science major, you will need a BSN no matter which route you take to get it. Good luck.
  8. by   rhp123
    Quote from TraumaNurse
    To my knowledge, even those few programs that do not require a BSN, still require a BS. I do not know of any program that will accept a BA for CRNA school. Also, many accelerated BSN programs are for those with a prior BS degree. If you can find one, an accelerated BSN would be the best route for you, IMO. Since you are a non-science major, you will need a BSN no matter which route you take to get it. Good luck.
    Hi TraumaNurse:

    Your infomration is very helpful. Thanks

    Yes, I do see on their websites that some accelerated BSN programs need previous BS degree, some say they prefer BS in biology, chemistry, ect. They are pretty pretigious schools, one I remember is Duke. Fortunately, there are not too few programs around my area that accept BA as well, as long as one take all pre-reqs and have good grades.
  9. by   Just a CRNA
    In this part of the world, BSN is only an absolute prerequisite if the program confers an MSN upon completion of the anesthesia program. An ADN or diploma in nursing is acceptable as long as you also have a Bachelor's degree, which is usually required to be in some clinical science. Check with the schools in which you are most interested to see what they will and will not accept.
  10. by   EDHRN
    Hello,

    I'm in your same boat. I have a BA in another field, but want to ultimately become a CRNA. I called the AANA and they don't require a BSN to apply. Just a bachelor's and RN. Some schools may have different requirements. The only school near me (northern Cal) that has a CRNA program doesn't require a BS or BSN, just bachelor's and RN with minimum of one year experience in critical care. Aother school near me, however, is just starting an accelerated BSN so I may go that route instead of entry level MSN.
  11. by   rhp123
    Quote from ladydvr
    Hello,

    I'm in your same boat. I have a BA in another field, but want to ultimately become a CRNA. I called the AANA and they don't require a BSN to apply. Just a bachelor's and RN. Some schools may have different requirements. The only school near me (northern Cal) that has a CRNA program doesn't require a BS or BSN, just bachelor's and RN with minimum of one year experience in critical care. Aother school near me, however, is just starting an accelerated BSN so I may go that route instead of entry level MSN.
    Hi, I checked a CRNA school close to where I live, in northern state, it requires students who do not have Bsn take a remedial course once admitted.

    For entry-level MSN programs, I do see some schools state they prefer students that have Science backgroud, ex. BS in biology. For accelerated BSn programs, schools that have BS preference are very few, majority programs say Bachelor's degree can from any major. Besides, the schools that have BS preference is that they prefer, but not a condition for admission.
  12. by   rhp123
    Quote from ladydvr
    Hello,

    I'm in your same boat. I have a BA in another field, but want to ultimately become a CRNA. I called the AANA and they don't require a BSN to apply. Just a bachelor's and RN. Some schools may have different requirements. The only school near me (northern Cal) that has a CRNA program doesn't require a BS or BSN, just bachelor's and RN with minimum of one year experience in critical care. Aother school near me, however, is just starting an accelerated BSN so I may go that route instead of entry level MSN.
    Hi, I checked a CRNA school close to where I live, in northern state, it requires students who do not have Bsn take a remedial course once admitted.

    For entry-level MSN programs, I do see some schools state they prefer students that have Science backgroud, ex. BS in biology. For accelerated BSn programs, schools that have BS preference are very few, majority programs say Bachelor's degree can from any major. I think a BS graduate has some advantage condering applying for accelerated BSN, but a BA graudate has nothing to worry about as long as pre-requistes, GPA, etc are god.

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