Deciding the best route to become a CRNA, please help.


I am a senior in high school dreaming of becoming a CRNA, however I'm not sure of the best route to take. Please help me weigh the pros and cons of my top university choices.

For my CRNA I plan to attend Akron university.

However for my bsn, I can't decide.

I fell in love with a private school in cleveland, however the nursing program there is non-traditional. You must have a bachelors degree, then you are admitted into the absn program. I will enter this private university as a sophomore due to college classes in high school, I will major in biology and minor in chemistry or vice versa, then get my absn, all in a four year time period, then of course work in an ICU until I can apply for Akrons CRNA program. This university is private so of course it is more expensive but it's truly the school I love, will the major in biology and minor in chemistry (or vice versa) along with my absn, will that looks better on a resume? Or help with getting into Akrons program or finding a job? I spoke with Akrons crna program director and he said they have accepted absn student but it is not favored more so over traditional bsn students. I have also read that your motivation is a huge key in your interview and I believe I have motivation.

The second school choice is actually Akron university for a traditional four year bsn. I didn't mind Akron however I didn't fall in love with it, but if it's better for my future than that's how I want to go. It's a big school in the city of Akron OH.

Please help me as no one can really answer my question because no one really knows. I would really appreciate it! :)


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Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU. Has 4 years experience.

It seems in most circumstances, CRNA programs care very little about where you received your BSN, as long as you maintained high grades and it is regionally accreditated. Honestly, I would generally recommend going to a ADN/BSN program that allows for you to accumulate the least amount of debt. An exception to that is if you live in an area that is oversaturated with new grad RNs and certain programs seem to get preferential treatment for hiring.