CRNA program and Accelerated BSN?

  1. Hey everyone,

    I am in an accelerated program and thinking about going for CRNA. Has anyone that is in a CRNA program gone through an accelerated nursing program? How do the two compare? THANKS in advance
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  3. by   beachbum82
    anyone??
  4. by   PostOpPrincess
    You mean after you've had experience? Because there is no "bridge" program. You're required to have work. experience. Look up the school where you want to go and see their requirements.
  5. by   dreamMaker
    Hi BeachBum,

    I did go through an accelerated BSN program and completed a CRNA program. I can answer specific questions about the two, if you have any. I'm not sure a general comparison of the two programs would be that helpful, because they really are apples and oranges, since the level of intellectual difficulty is several degrees higher in the CRNA program and they type of work you do is so different in anesthesia. I will say, though, that being in a challenging accelerated BSN program did help me on a basic level, teaching me to become hyper-organized in my studies. The content of the BSN program wasn't too difficult, but the volume of information compressed into a short period did require obsessive-compulsive organization; a skill that definitely helped my success in anesthesia school. Again, if you have specific questions, let me know.

    Cheers,

    Hugh
  6. by   JenRN30
    You mean after you've had experience? Because there is no "bridge" program. You're required to have work. experience. Look up the school where you want to go and see their requirements.
    ??????
  7. by   nurselizk
    Is your accelerated program a BSN? Most schools require a BSN, some will take students who have an ADN + a BS in certain fields. You won't find out their attitudes about accelerated programs by looking up reqts on a website, you can do that by calling and talking w/live ppl.

    I completed an accelerated BSN program and am now in an anesthesia program. To answer your question about how they compare: some accelerated programs are quite reasonable in workload, and others are not. Mine was overwhelming, or so I thought at the time. 120 credits in 2 yrs. High volume of work, none of it difficult, much of it fluff stuff that we still needed to know. My anesthesia program is way more work, still not difficult, but ALL of it is important to know. Not one bit of fluff. I have a family and a long commute, so time management is vital to success. I believe someone previously used an analogy--something like, Anesthesia school is to nursing school as an ascent on Everest is to a walk in the park.
  8. by   beachbum82
    Thanks for the replies guys...

    I don't plan to apply for a couple years still since I will graduate the accelerated BSN program in August. I agree the content isn't that difficult but there is alot to do in a short amount of time, everything is crammed, and lots of papers and careplans that take hours, plus clinicals and LIFE. I always hear people say things like "this class was so hard" or "that professor is impossible to get a good grade with," and then I take the class and its a typical college class. So I was just wondering if the CRNA program was similar, and if I can do the accelerated program, then I'd be able to get through the CRNA program?

    I live in metro detroit. I was thinking about applying to an NP program, take a class or two at a time, while I work and gain experience to get into the CRNA program. I know it depends on the university but do you know if or which classes I could take that may transfer, or will at least give me a head start on the CRNA program so it won't be so intense to start out?
  9. by   puravidaLV
    thanks for the replies guys. I'm in the same boat about to enter in an accelerated program (1 year) and started looking into taking the GRE soon before i enter.

    love to hear some more experiences
  10. by   *water*lily*
    HI DreamMaker,

    How did you go from ABSN to icu, to CRNA. I'm in ABSN program, about to graduate, looking for ICU jobs- any suggestions for new grad icu jobs/programs you know of? how long were you in your ICU job before the CRNA program? any advice on what you thought was the best CRNA programs and why? thanks!
  11. by   puravidaLV
    Quote from *water*lily*
    HI DreamMaker,

    How did you go from ABSN to icu, to CRNA. I'm in ABSN program, about to graduate, looking for ICU jobs- any suggestions for new grad icu jobs/programs you know of? how long were you in your ICU job before the CRNA program? any advice on what you thought was the best CRNA programs and why? thanks!
    most programs say at least one year to two preferred.

    I think once I'm out I'm going to just aim for any grad school and work at the same time. Waiting around for a possible opportunity has never been my style. I'd rather go into a masters right after my BSN and go in with a few grad credits

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