Current Nursing student thinking about joining the Air Force

by morphinbunny morphinbunny (New) New

I'm currently on my third year of nursing and thinking of joining the Air force.

My goals is to be a nurse anesthetist.What could be my options within the AF?


jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR. Has 17 years experience. 1,868 Posts

You need to speak with a healthcare recruiter to find out what options are available at this time. You should also talk with the Army & Navy to make sure the AF is the best fit for you.


jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 10 years experience. 1,514 Posts

If you know 100% that CRNA is your goal, then you need to hold off on the AF until you are at least accepted to a CRNA program. That is the quickest way. If you join the AF right out of school, you will spend 2 years as a med-surg RN and 4-8 years as an ICU RN before the AF will even let you apply to the CRNA program.

That means finish the BSN, work as an RN for a year in a high acuity ICU, and then apply to CRNA. There is retroactive loan repayment (ADHPLRP) for practicing CRNAs and the HPSP program for incoming CRNA students.