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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics

Do you have what it takes to become a CRNA?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is someone who administers anesthesia to patients. They collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists to safely administer anesthesia medications. For additional information, please refer to the Nurse Anesthetist discussion thread.

Median Annual Salary

$134,820

Educational Requirements

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Successful completion of a CRNA program (24-36 months). Prior to admission into a CRNA program, applicants should have already completed the following: BSN or other appropriate baccalaureate degree, hold a current RN license, and have one year’s experience in critical care nursing.

Search our job listings for nurse anesthetist positions.

And read this article for career opportunities for CRNAs.

Check out this site for further information on advancing your nursing education.

Related Organizations

American Association of Nurses Anesthetists

Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists

British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association

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    mesn33

    almost 4 years ago

    112 comments

    The road is long to go. Take your time, eat well before deciding to take this path.

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    ADG

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Does anyone know how to become a CRNA if you got your BSN in the Philippines ? I have been practicing as a RN here in Las Vegas for about 6 years. Anyone know what steps to take to get into program? Im down already for the CCU or ICU experience. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks.

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    CynWinters

    over 4 years ago

    10 comments

    Thank you for being honest about the CRNA programs being difficult. I have wanted to be a CRNA since I was a teenager and I put it off for 20yrs to have a family. I am now going to attempt Nursing school first, then if I can get in to a good program( any suggestions?) I will complete my dream....

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    I love Nurse Anesthetists., I always admire to work with them, I like to specialize in CRNA

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    jopeth

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    why is it that you still need to have a 1 yr. experience in critical care nursing?

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    iicre8

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I am a student at Ohio State University, I just decided that I wanted to go into nursing. How does the idea sound of finishing my B.A in theater and then pursue nursing through the accelerated nursing program at another institution?

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    prisca

    over 5 years ago

    58 comments

    I am currently a theatre nurse in Zimbabwe and would like to train as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.Prefferalbly if you can offer me a scholarship.My name is Prisca Masiiwa .

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    Monica1

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    crna99- Thanks for the comment. I will take your advice.

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    crna99

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Listen Kids. I've was a critical care nurse for 10 years prior to going to CRNA school. I've been out for almost 2 years. If you want to go to CRNA school...you need to be serious about it. It's not just a 'fantasy" job or an easy degree to get and it keeps getting harder every year. I made straight A's my entire life...including college. I had a minor in Biology. It was one of the only reasons I was a good candidate for CRNA school. The chemistry that you take for nursing is "dummy" chemistry. So don't think that it's completion will be your friend for getting into CRNA school. You need your 4 year degree in Nursing and atleast 2 years critical care experience if you want to know what the hell you are doing before getting in. You also need to brush up on your gen chem and organic chem as related to physiology. And you need to have a DAMN good grasp of pharmacology. CRNA schools are typically 2.5 years once you get accepted. And it is hell every step of the way. I'm not going to sugarcoat it.

    So...If you want to be a CRNA...you MUST be committed. It's hard and It's expensive. Get your nursing experience early because if you don't you hurt yourself immensely.

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    sarahhhx3

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    How long do you have to go to school to become a Prenatal nurse?

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    btison

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Mary,
    There are several resources that can list the CRNA programs closest to you: http://www.crnadirect.com/CRNA_schools/ -or-
    www.aana.com

    To me it looks like you have great experience, but from what I understand most CRNA programs want critical care experience. Neonate-ICU, ICU, Neuro-ICU, Cardio-ICU, etc. You should just contact the program closest to you and check their requirements. Good Luck!

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    MARYMOUNTGIRL

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hello ! i am a registered nurse licensed in GA, IL and TEXAS. I HAVE WORKED AS AN AGENCY NURSE SINCE 2006 in oncology, adult post surgical units and longterm care facilities. i also have over eight years experience in emergency room mental health care and crisis therapy experience. i will like to becom a nurse anesthetist can anyone refer a good certification program

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Hi! im a registered nurse here in the Philippines. I am presently working as an ICU nurse here. can anyone help me land a nursing job in the USA?

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    btison

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    To get into a CRNA program you must be an RN working in some type of ICU for at least a year. There are some schools that will allow an associates in nursing if you have a bachelors in an "appropriate" field. Those schools are few so I would get your BSN to increase the number of places you can apply. CRNA is all chemistry and physiology, so the more classes you can take in those areas the better your application looks. Once you have your degree and and your experience you have to take the GRE and do really well on it. Plan ahead and study, don't take it blind. For those of you looking at having to move, many of the schools do their clinicals at hospitals outside the state the university is located. The program I am looking at in Texas has the first years bookwork and year and a half clinicals located in Oklahoma where I am. So, you may not have to move at all or at least not for very long. CRNA is exciting and very lucrative, so alot of people are interested in applying. The better your grades and the more you can do to set yourself apart the better your chances of getting in. There are not many schools in the country and competition is tough and getting tougher. I think CRNA is a better path than medical school, c4cleo, 4 years BS, 4 years medical school, 5 years residency, you might make 250k but you'll pay 50k in malpractice. CRNA: 4 years BSN, 1 year work, 2.5 years CRNA school then you're working making 150k with NO malpractice. I was torn between the same choices but after completing my BS in Biology I went for nursing and CRNA. Good luck to all!

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    Jonatshaja

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I've got a high school diploma and some college under my belt...I'm just trying to find the best way to become a CRNA. I have been in love with nursing for a while now... I really would love to do some hospital assisting job while I get my pre reqs..but I have not certification. :(
    Any ideas job ideas medically related that I can do... I have lots of real world experience...my son who is fine was born with ESRD...so Im very familiar with hospital settings and protocol. I'll be getting married in May and starting school full time then for nursing...just wanted to get my foot in the door in meantime.

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