1. Hey guys,
    I'm new to the board, and a HS Junior. My mom is a Nurse currently enrolled in a RN-BSN program.

    I plan on being a CRNA. but my question to you guys is this:

    Should I go this route?
    2yr-work in ICU for two years while doing rn-bsn program? then CRNA?

    or do
    BSN, work two year, and then CRNA

    If i do the first, that would cut down on time it takes to become a CRNA b\c the RN-BSN program is a 1.5-2 year program here. Please give me ANY input you guys have. Thanks

    yea, i'm a guy, so what's your point?
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    How long is the Associate program? just two years, or are prerequsites required before entering program so it would take you actually three years...add to that RN-BSN =5 total years. Is there a wait list for ASN program? Many persons have stated here this scenerio

    If that's the case, BSN program would be shorter by a year. CRNA is a tough program. Two years of practice not much in way of experience to go into this program. Look around NOW at CRNA programs in your area to see what they recomend and requirements. Use that as a guide.
  4. by   moni rn
    hi! from a fellow memphian!

    my goal is to become a crna, also. i have a bachelors in exercise/sport science & mathematics. currently, i am in stcc's adn program. since i already have a bachelors in something, i don't necessarily need a bsn.

    in my non-expert opinion, go straight for your bsn from the very beginning. i seriously regret not doing that.

    good luck with whatever you decide to do! remember, make the best grades possible in school. crna admission is extremely competitive.

    take care!
  5. by   ERNurse752
    I recommed getting your BSN, then working as an RN in ICU for at least two years. Maybe some OR experience too, to see if you like anesthesia-related work. I also see lots of CRNAs in OB, doing epidurals, etc. Job shadowing a CRNA would be good, and would also give you the chance to talk directly to someone who has gone through the program. What interests you about CRNA? I always thought it would be a neat career, but I don't like surgery, hehehe.
    Good luck!
  6. by   shyviolet78
    I've considered becoming a CRNA. At the hospital I want to work at here, they have internships for new grads. For example, the ICU internship is three months, then you have a 2 year commitment to work full time in the department. Since you have to have 1-2 years ICU experience for the CRNA program and 2 years to sit for the CCRN, my decision was to get my ADN degree first, and then start RN-BSN as soon as I graduate. If I choose this route, it will take 4-5 years before I could start the CRNA program. 2-3 years in the ADN, 2 years working full-time/completing the BSN part time. To go straight for the BSN, it would take 6 years. 4 years in the BSN, 2 years working full time before starting the CRNA program. Hope this helps!