CRNA Degree


CRNA Degree
Become a CRNA
To become a CRNA, you will need to do the following:

1. Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a 4 year university.

2. As a BSN graduate, work in an intensive care unit (ICU) for 1-2 years.  The more years of experience, the more confidence you will have with your patient’s care.
CRNA programs prefer ICU experience above emergency room and recovery room experiences because the ICU setting mimics the operating room environment, i.e., monitors, medications, the patient’s acuity (degree of sickness).

3. Shadow a CRNA in the operating room setting to make sure this is a career that you really want to pursue.  CRNA programs are very expensive in general so you don't want to make an expensive mistake.

4. Read about the different CRNA programs at www.aana.com.  This site offers over 50 different CRNA programs across the U.S.

5. Plan to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  If you are not a good test taker, you can take a review course like the Kaplan Test Review at www.kaptest.com.

6. Apply to your top choice of CRNA schools.  Here is a listing of schools by state in the US.

7. Have your ICU manager and ICU doctors write good letters of recommendation for your school applications.

8. The directors of CRNA schools are interested in the applicant as a whole, not just the grade point average (GPA).  They want to know why you want to become a CRNA.  Do you have any extracurricular activities or committees that you are involved in at work?  This may show more of a commitment to your medical profession.

9. There are hundreds of applicants each year and most of these programs only accept 10 to 20 students per year.  Since most people apply to more than one program, you may be on the waiting list.  If you happen to be on the waiting list, find out where you stand on this list.

10. If you are flexible with your choice of CRNA programs, then this allows for more possibilities for admissions, especially if your state only has one program.

List of the Types of Surgeries That You Are Likely to Participate In:

-Gastrointestinal surgeries for colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's Disease

-Endoscopy and colonoscopy for screening of cancers, diagnosis of symptoms for upper and lower parts of the digestive systems

-Breast surgery for cancer or for patients who carry the breast cancer gene -  (lumpectomy - partial breast removal or mastectomy - full) with or without lymph node biopsy or dissection

-Breast reconstruction for the cancer patient

-Plastic surgery-breast reduction or breast augmentation

-Dental surgery-multiple teeth extractions 

-Melanoma surgery or skin care surgery

-Prostate cancer surgery-robotic laparoscopic prostatectomy with or without lymph nodes

-Genitourinary surgery, kidney or renal cell cancer surgery

-Endocrine surgery-thyroid or parathyroid surgery

-Spinal surgery 

-Brain surgery

-Orthopedic surgey

-Heart surgery/heart valve replacement

-Heart catheter lab for cardiac arrhythmia

-Lung surgery – lung cancers i.e., Mesothelioma

-Radiology procedures for placement of stomach feeding tubes, kidney tubes

-C-sections and vaginal delivery for women in labor-epidural or spinal placement

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