CRNA Needing Doctorate?


Hi. So, I've been to a couple of sites and something I'm starting to see is that some are speculating that you will need a doctorate before becoming a CRNA. I was just wondering if anyone could confirm or debunk that? I've done some research on my own, but I keep getting conflicting answers!

Any help would be awesome! Thanks in advance.

Specializes in Hospitalist Medicine. Has 8 years experience.

Until the state board of nursing in your state says


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Have you tried the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists?

If wtbcrna sees this post he should be able to better answer your question.

Until the state board of nursing in your state says

Most, if not all, state boards of nursing require completion of an approved course of training and subsequently passing the appropriate certifying examination. without specifying a particular required degree.

UVA Grad Nursing

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Today one only needs to have a MSN degree in order to sit for certification. This will be changing in the next few years. In 2025, one will need to have a DNP or DNAP in order to sit for certification. So the last possible entering class awarding a MSN will start in 2022 (to graduate in 2025).

Many CRNA schools are already making the transition from MSN education to doctoral.