I am currently in an accelerated 1 year nursing program and have a ways to go before I apply for CRNA school. But, I am already starting my research process.
The cost for CRNA school is very high. Through my research I was able to see that some schools advertise that hospitals in the area can cover part of your tuition if you agree to work at that hospital after graduation.
I wanted to see if this was something that was more common than just the few schools who mentioned it? If anyone is familiar with it and is able to shed any light on what steps were taken to make this happen that would be great.
-Soon to be RN & future CRNA
A local hospital to my BSN program signed a contract with me for two years of service and they covered my tuition and books for nursing school. I was sure that I could get out there and hustle to work out a similar deal for CRNA school.
That was 5 years ago and I'm sorry to say I don't think it exists. I believe the problem is CRNA school loans are crazy expensive and most employers just aren't willing to pay for all that. I've been able to find some jobs that offer a sign on bonus (maybe $15-30K) if you sign a few year work contract. That will just be a drop in the bucket towards your student loan debt. A lot of people just don't have a realistic idea of how much in debt they will be. Most programs are doctorate currently and the last remaining masters have a couple years left to transition. So you have to think about tuition, books, fees*, living expenses, accruing interest on the loans, and unforeseen costs that come up. Just go ahead and plan for $150-200K, some with families and unusual expenses may spend more.
No employer wants to write a check for $150-200K just to get you to work for them and then have to write you a check for an annual salary that will probably be $160-200K. Everybody just says they'll maybe throw you a sign on bonus that will maybe cover the interest on your loans and let you handle the payments yourself.
I did speak to the military about joining up. They actually will pay for your entire school expenses and write you a stipend check monthly to cover your rent, food, utilities, gas. Look up the Airforces HPSP info. You should be aware that when you graduate and start fulfilling the years back to them your pay will be much less than what you would earn as a civilian. In fact when I ran the numbers during your years paid in service you end up breaking even if you had just taken a high paying civilian job and paid off the loans over 2-3 years. It's also valid to mention if you somehow fail CRNA school they will still enforce their years of service contract (there is no paying them back the money you used) but you'll be working for them as a nurse. Now if you choose to do career military CRNA you can work your way up and obtain a sweet retirement package while also doing civilian locums making even more. You just have to make sure you're prepared for a career military lifestyle.
TLDR: You're going to pay a lot of money for CRNA school and nobody is going to cover it for you.
P.S. Most of my rotation sites let us eat for free in the physician's lounge. That's like $7 a day I save on lunch. When you're broke as a joke you count that small stuff as a win!
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