Searching for the perfect Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) school and program to fit your career goals can be daunting. Organizing your approach and identifying reliable resources are the first steps. Take the time to focus on what is important to you and use information sources that are free from bias.
The exercise of researching programs that are a good fit is an important step for someone interested in advanced learning. You probably considered several college options and applied to a few different universities before committing to one college for a quality education that hopefully will lead to employment upon graduation. The process for selecting a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) school should be very similar, however being a popular specialty, it may be time-consuming to locate and sift through all the relevant information.
Most of the available information about CRNA programs is promotional and designed to highlight positive aspects of a particular offering while being unclear on some of the details. Fortunately, there are ways to shorten your search and still retain a balanced approach that will meet your needs. To begin, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the best resource available for exploring CRNA schools and programs.
The AANA has published plenty of useful information for prospective nurse anesthetist students. The AANA also provides a unique CRNA School Search option through the Council on Accreditation. This search tool allows you to filter options by state, degree requirement, minimum GPA, GRE/MAT scores, program duration, distance education options, and full or part-time. Once you have selected your filter parameters you can also conduct side-by-side comparisons of up to 4 schools. Since there are 115 CRNA programs in the United States this type of tool can quickly narrow the options to provide you a more focused approach.
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