NP vs CRNA school

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What are the main differences between NP and CRNA school? How many years of RN experience do most people have when entering each program? Are NP programs much less rigorous?

sleepwalker, MSN, NP

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Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 10 years experience. 4 Articles; 1,904 Posts

The biggest difference is the outcome, one will get you a specific education specializing in anesthesia management of critical patients, the other covers a range from primary care to acute with numerous specialties within. CRNA school is generally going to require a certain number of years of ICU training, and most programs preclude employment while in school because of the program intensity. NP schools have a variety of options from brick and mortar to on-line, full and part time options. You have to have an idea of which you want as an endpoint before you can evaluate the education process.