Once you have decided to pursue a CRNA Masters, the next step is find the school that is the right fit for you. There are many factors to consider, including: length of program, class size, tuition costs, location of school, online versus on campus learning, and reputation and knowledge of the faculty that will be instructing you.
Each CRNA degree is set up slightly differently. Many CRNA programs are structured to have a heavy academic focus for the first section of the program, and then focus heavily on clinical training for the latter half. Other programs take an integrated approach which will allow students to pursue academic learning and clinical training at the same time.
Completely online CRNA programs are not yet available, so location of the school is a very important factor to consider. Some programs do offer some courses to be completed online, however, plan to commute to campus and to a clinical site for the duration of your program. Make sure to look at the area where the school is housed to see if it fits the type of lifestyle you are hoping to have.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a CRNA program is the expertise of the faculty that will be instructing you. Professors who have real life experience as an anesthetist and experience relaying the knowledge of the field to students are the best assets a school has to offer. When talking to admissions at any CRNA school, be sure to inquire about the work experience of the faculty.
Many questions will be answered along the way in your school search. A wonderful way to start the process is to submit your basic contact information to this website. We will guide you along the way with helpful information and tips.