I am currently a student with intent to pursue nurse anesthetist. I have no prior degrees so I had to start from the beginning. My projected completion year is 2022, if I am able to keep full-time status and perseverance. The change to the program CRNA to DNAP came in my first year of school. At first, I was discouraged but after looking into it, it seems there isn’t a huge difference in time spent obtaining the DNAP vs. CRNA. In fact, for one particular entry-level school in my state (washington), the difference is only 6 months. I am not discouraged by this change at all. However, the only thing that is discouraging is the lack of schools that offer the program.(there is only 1 in washington state and none in nearby states) Hopefully, there will be more schools to choose from by the time I get there.
Also, after reading that CRNA’s that achieve a masters before 2025 will be grandfathered in, I am wondering if I should pursue the DNAP or just the CRNA.
Anyone have any advice?
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