Would ICU experience as a CNA or CT count toward a CRNA application?

  1. Hello all,

    I was wondering if 1 year of experience as a CT or CNA would count toward the 1 year requirement of ICU experience most CRNA schools request? I would think not, but it would be very convenient.

    Does anyone have any idea?

    Thanks in advance,

    **Also, any additional insight anyone has on the pros and cons of choosing the different MSN degree pathways would be helpful I'm not sure which way to go at this point. I"m definitely sure I want to continue on, but I can't choose where to go.**
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  3. by   youknowho
    No and it shouldn't.
  4. by   Reno1978
    The experience they're looking for is management of sedated patients, care of patients on mechanical ventilation, titration of vasoactive drips, and understanding proper responses to cardiac/respiratory arrest, to name the big ones.

    If you aren't sure which MSN pathway is right for you, I'd suspect you'll find your niche as you get experience as a RN. I've been in the ICU for the past few years, and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!