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Military's CRNA program

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Has anyone here gotten their CRNA degree through the miltiary's program(s)? If so, what was it like, how hard was it to get into, what was the application process like, and any other relevant information? I've been accepted to the Air Force as a critical care nurse and am awaiting commissioning.

wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia.

Has anyone here gotten their CRNA degree through the miltiary's program(s)? If so, what was it like, how hard was it to get into, what was the application process like, and any other relevant information? I've been accepted to the Air Force as a critical care nurse and am awaiting commissioning.

You will want to look at the USAF nurse corps annual call for candidates for graduate nursing programs when you get to your first duty station. It is a long drawn out process that takes a lot of paperwork. Your Chief Nurse and hopefully an active-duty CRNA or two will help you with process.

You will be eligible to go to CRNA school after two years time at your first duty station, and will need to apply the summer/year prior to the class start date. The program is moderately difficult and completely time consuming for most students. The program is also now only at USUHS for the USAF and USN. Advanced Practice Program Options | Uniformed Services University

Do you know what base you will be stationed at?

I'll be at SAAMC, sometime this fall.

wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia.

I'll be at SAAMC, sometime this fall.

You should have a CRNA Master Clinician there along with a head USAF CRNA that should both be able to assist you in doing your mandatory pre-application observation days and with your application.

The scope of practice at SAAMC does not follow the USAF/AFI scope of practice for CRNAs. It follows the Army scope of practice, which is still independent but slightly more restrictive.