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CRNA Facts

To be a Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Nurse anesthesia is a field of nursing specialized in providing anesthesia for all types of surgical cases in variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. This profession is known for its autonomy, high personal satisfaction and highly rewarding pay scale. However, it is also a high stress profession that requires strong commitment and dedication that is tested greatly throughout the education process and during professional practice. Currently there are 115 CRNA schools in the United States. All programs have a slightly variable but definitive set of requirements for prospective students.

To be a CRNA, you will need a Bachelor's degree in Nursing along with at least 1 years of acute care setting (ICU) experience. A certified registered nurse anesthetist in training can expect to work close to 1,800 clinical hours and administer about 800 anesthetics at one of the more than 1,000 clinical programs available throughout the United States.

A Registered Nurse will have to pass a national certification exam following graduation to obtain the CRNA designation and must complete at least 40 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain the designation.

List of Requirements
**(These requirements vary based on the school you plan to attend so be sure to check them out by contacting the school)**

  • Registered Nurse - Bachelor's in Science of Nursing
  • Minimum 1 Year Acute Care experience
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification (CCRN)
  • College Level Science Courses (Chemistry, Physics)
  • Interview Selection
  • Competitive GPA