Choosing A CRNA School

There are 120 accredited CRNA Schools in the US!  That’s a lot to choose from! The main things you’ll want to look at when choosing a CRNA school are as follows:

  1. Location
  2. Degree (Master’s vs. Doctorate)
  3. Front Loaded vs. Integrated

Let’s look at #2.  Master’s vs. a Doctorate degree.  The AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) has mandated that the doctoral degree as the entry level for Nursing Anesthesia Programs by 2025.  Therefore, students accepted to a program January 1, 2022 and thereafter must graduate with a doctorate degree!

I outlined a lot of other aspects that you should consider when choosing a CRNA school in this video.  Take a peek!

 

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Apex Anesthesia First Look and Binder Hack!

I’ve got a year and a half before I finish schooling…and the first thing on my mind is the NBCRNA Boards.  I recently purchased Apex, and so far I absolutely love it.  First of all the content of the modules is in a format that’s easy to read and understand.  It is mostly in short paragraph/bullet point format with nice diagrams and pictures.  In addition, it includes workbooks that are associated with each module. I’m not in board review mode yet, but I’ve been using Apex to supplement the material of my Principles of Anesthesia class.  I’ll go through it Continue Reading

SRNA Survival Series: Professional Conferences

I love going to professional conferences.  Not only are they a way to get CE’s and learn a ton, it is a great way to network with other students and CRNAs.  (I also like to dress up since 75% of the time I’m in hospital provided scrubs). This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Seattle Annual Congress.  I went to the mid-assembly in the Spring, and since then I was hooked.  Every conference I get to attend, I’m there!   I went to a lot of the educational sessions, such as airway management, reimbursement lectures, spinal and Continue Reading

CRNA Interview Experience

I applied to CRNA school the moment the application was available on July 1, 2015. My recommendation letters were already in, and I was scheduled to take the GRE the following month.  Once I took the GRE’s, my scores were received by the school August 25 and my application was officially marked as complete. 2 weeks later I received a notification that my application was being moved to the interview round! (This is why I stress preparing for your interview once your application is in.) A month later, I was at the school, a nervous wreck, interviewing for one of the Continue Reading

How to Pay for CRNA School

I’ve come across a lot of people who have made the final decision between NP vs CRNA solely on cost. CRNA school is not cheap, but on top of that, a majority of students cannot work during the program, especially once clinical begins. Education is more than just education to me. It’s an investment in my life and my future. Simply getting a “degree” now-a-days just doesn’t cut it. I know way too many people with a bachelors degree working an entry level job, and people without a degree making a decent living. It all depends on what YOU want Continue Reading