How many years of ICU experience?


How many years...


How many years of ICU experience did you have before you were accepted into your CRNA program? I am considering doing only 12-18 months but I don't know if I should do two or more.

Your experiences and thoughts would be very helpful to me! I am most interested in Oregon, Midwestern and Gonzaga as far as schools are concerned, but I would be very interested to hear your experience regardless of what school you go to/went to.

Thanks a lot!

PS- Also--was your amount as of the application, interview, or when the program began. I've been unsure, when a school states "1 year" or "2 years," if this needs to be the case at application, or at the beginning of the program.


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Specializes in Neuro ICU.

Most schools want you to have your experience completed when you begin school. I had two years of nursing and 5 as a RRT.


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i'm probably missing something obvious, but what is an RRT? and were both of your two nursing years in intensive care? thanks again.


42 Posts

Specializes in Neuro ICU.

Both of my years were in a Neuro ICU at a level I trauma center, and RRT stands for Registered Respiratory Therapist :)


24 Posts

Specializes in CVICU. Has 2 years experience.

I had 18 months of CVICU experience when I applied and will have 2 years by the time school starts in August (I can't wait!!!)


161 Posts

Specializes in ER/ICU, CCRN, SRNA (class of 2010). Has 11 years experience.

Granted I have been a Nurse for like 12 years, but I only had 7 months in the ICU when I interviewed and was accepted.



521 Posts

I have 15 years Neuro ICU all in level I & II trauma centers. I never applied until '07 though, so don't know if I would have gotten in years ago or not. Am going to TCU this fall!

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