For any individuals who are considering a career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, there is a lot to think about. From location to tuition, advancing your career to get your Masters will take research and time to find the right fit, location and price.
Before you can even consider applying to a school you must have a year of Acute Care Nursing experience. You must also have satisfactory undergraduate grades and an adequate GRE score. If you can check off both those boxes you are ready to begin your search.
As someone who is probably already working full time, and perhaps has a family, location is an extremely important aspect to your search. You need to consider that not every state has an accredited program, and it is critical to find a program that is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, as well as the state you want to practice in.
Some states that do not have a program are Colorado, Deleware and, Hawaii – no you will not be practicing your hula dance between books. But, don’t lose hope, there are over 100 accredited programs in the U.S. and it is important to find a school near you because the hands-on nature of these programs doesn’t work in a digital situation.
If full time classroom status won’t fit into your life, it is possible to find a school that offers many online classes. In this situation you would only have to get to campus a couple times a month and otherwise listen to lectures from your living room.
Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA is known for their large amount of online classes available to students. When it comes to clinical, you will need to be present, though schools often permit off campus sites for the convenience of the student.
If location isn’t an issue you can find schools on every coast that offer the required programs, such as University of Southern California, Georgetown University in D.C., University of Miami and University of New England in Maine.
If a bigger issue is price, there are schools that offer accredited programs with affordable tuition. The Mayo School of Health Sciences offers their program for significantly less than others. It isn’t clear why this is, and the tuition does vary annually, but if you live in Minnesota this would be a great program for you.
Finding a public university in the state you live in is usually the best route for an affordable education. Your in-state tuition will be lower than any other out of state and so long as the program is accredited, you’ll be in the right place.
No matter where you live or what your financial status is, there are training programs for you. Options such as online classes to help out with those who work a full time job are available as well as programs that won’t break the bank so you can live your life and fast track to the career of your dreams at the same time.