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Pre-reqs question...

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by mambutz7hart mambutz7hart (New) New

I've been thinking of applying for crna school.. And I know not all schools have the same pre requisites.. My question is, 1. what do I do if im going to apply at several schools, do i have to finish those pre-reqs before they accept my application?

2. What pre-req classes does crna hopefuls usually take? I'm thinking of taking couple of pre-req classes before I even start my crna school application. It's also a way of assessing myself if I'm ready to go back to school..

3. I live in henderson,nevada, there's no crna school here.. I know there's 3 crna schools in cali.. What crna school in neighboring state will be my best options, quality of education/training, length of school, cost of living, and tuition wise?.. or even not necessarily neighboring state..

thanks a lot in advance!..

The pre-req for CRNA is a BSN. Some schools do require recent chem and/or biochem but u can find out by calling the anesthesia dept. Many programs require that u have the CCRN, at least 1 year critical care, ACLS, and PALS. That's pretty much the standard.:uhoh3:

japaho41

Specializes in MICU & SICU.

1) I would think that most schools would want most of your pre req's completed. You always can contact the program and ask them if it is acceptable to be completing a class while applying.

2) Well what classes were do you need? Each program has a special twist on what they require. For instance some say that Biochem is a pre-req others say organic will be okay. You have to research the prespective schools that you wish to apply to and figure out what you need. I actually didn't apply to some because of extra required classes over the requirements of other programs.

3) Well you will be out of state anyway you look at it for the first year, so even a relatively cheap school becomes expensive. I don't know about these programs but Samuel Merrit & Kaiser Permenate are two in CA that come to mind. You can look at the AANA site to find all of your options.

Go to www.aana.com ....that will give you a listing and links to all of the accredited programs by state. Look at the neighboring states, their requirements, curriculums, etc... That will answer a lot of your questions. Come back when you have more specific questions. I could ramble on for hours and pages with the open-ended questions you asked. More importantly, you'll get up-to-date published information, from the source that matters, the individual program.

Hope this helps...

dfk, RN, CRNA

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency. Has 11 years experience.

The pre-req for CRNA is a BSN. Some schools do require recent chem and/or biochem but u can find out by calling the anesthesia dept. Many programs require that u have the CCRN, at least 1 year critical care, ACLS, and PALS. That's pretty much the standard.:uhoh3:

BSN is not a pre-req solely. you can have a bachelor's degree other than nursing. it is up to the school to decide if said bachelor's degree is applicable to entry.

ok. thanks a lot neurogeek, japah041 and ucdsicurn!

I know most of my questions are really questions of someone who hasn't taken the first step,eg. contacting a school or sending out applications.. thanks for your patience guys..

whew, this crna thing is really a big sacrifice.. its a make or break deal, whether after you finish the 3 yrs (school and exam) you'll be satisfied and feel like everything is worth it, or the other way around...

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