Before you apply to anesthesia school, you should know what you’re up against. Minimum requirements for becoming a CRNA student include the following:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing or other appropriate baccalaureate degree (check with the school to which youre interested in applying).
- A current license as a registered nurse (RN).
- A minimum of one year of acute care experience as a registered nurse (RN).
- Admission to an accredited nurse anesthesia education program (click here for interviews tips and click here for a list of accredited programs).
In order to, then, become a CRNA:
- You must graduate from an accredited nurse anesthesia education program.
- You must pass the national certifying examination following graduation.
In order to maintain your certification, you must:
- Participate in a minimum of 40 hours of approved continuing education each two years.
- Maintain substantial anesthesia practice.
- Maintain current state licensure.
- Certify that they have not developed any conditions that could adversely affect your ability to practice anesthesia.
Information obtained from AANA.com on 1/16/09