I love your site – it’s become a source of concise information for me, so thank you! And I’ve been researching CRNA programs for over 4 years!!!
I just have a few questions that I thought you may be able to answer for me…
Know any “Canadian CRNAs”?
Firstly, I’m Canadian; just finishing my consolidation (the last semester) of my BScN. I’m already working in the ICU unit in Toronto. I was wondering if you know of any Canadians who have taken the CRNA route – if so, what were their experiences like?
Is a Canadian BSN ok?
Also, do you know if Canadian BScN degrees are perceived differently than American BScN degrees?
Shadowing a CRNA
I’m aware that to become a CRNA means no longer working in Canada (good thing I love the U.S.!). I suppose my concern is getting the CRNA shadowing under my belt since CRNA’s essentially don’t exist in Canada. Do you know of any CRNA’s who would allow an out-of-stater to shadow them?
Which school to choose…
I’m interested in attending a school where the students obtain a very high number of clinical cases during rotation. I understand that 550 is the minimum, but I’m wondering if you know which one’s go far beyond that number? Any that double or triple 550?
Will the CRNA School I choose affect my job outcome?
Also, is there any sort of a difference in hiring depending on the school one graduated from? For instance is there a difference in salary or likelihood of being hired if one graduated from say, Columbia University versus Barry University?
Medical School CRNA Program
And lastly, are there disadvantages/advantages to attending a medical school that offers the CRNA program? I’ve heard of students becoming discouraged due to “fighting” for clinical placements with residents. I’m wondering how much of a con that really is considering one would be gaining a more medical education…
Ok, I think that’s about it for now!! I hope you can answer some of these questions for me!
Thanks so much for you time Joy!
Comments for Picking the “best” CRNA school…
Mar 03, 2011
To (kind of) answer your questions…
1. I don’t know any Canadian CRNAs.
2. I’m not sure if the Canadian BScN is perceived differently. I do know that you’ll need to have your transcripts evaluated to translate your credits into US equivalents. (I recommend wes.org)
3. … no… don’t know any CRNAs you can shadow.
4. The school you graduate from will not greatly affect where you can get a job. There is a high demand for CRNAs, so your “pedigree” will not make a big difference. Salary does differ by state, but that is unaffected by the CRNA school you graduate from.
5. Just because you go to a “medical” CRNA program, doesn’t mean you’ll be getting a more medical education. From what I’ve heard, it’s more of a “con” than a “pro”… but you may want to look into it more.
Sorry I haven’t been more helpful.
Anyone else have better answers for Jen??? Feel free to add your experience and advice, as mine is somewhat limited.
Mar 12, 2011
I work with a canadian CRNA who had no problem entering a US CRNA program.
Feb 23, 2012
I am a Canadian and a CRNA. I LOVE my job, it is an amazing nursing job with great hours, great benefits and great salary. Of course I live in the US, and went to anesthesia school in the US. You have to have a minimum of one year ICU experience to apply to a CRNA program, it is very competitive to get in. School was very busy with a lot of new information, I found it challenging, but not impossibly difficult.
Canadian BSN is Ok, whatever graduate school you apply to will make sure that you have the proper prerequistites to enter their program…for example, I didn’t have an Ogan. Chem, most grad programs require one, so that was something I had to upgrade. You will have to take your US boards if you plan to work in the US.
We’re a pretty reasonable group, and proud of our job, I would think that anywhere you asked would allow you to shadow someone. If you live near a border town, just find a hospital close by in the US, either email or call the anesthesia department, ask to speak to the chief Nurse Anesthetist and tell them what you’re looking for. If you can find a hospital that is affiliated with a CRNA program, you’ll have no problem finding someone to shadow. I HIGHLY recommend it, many programs won’t even consider you if you haven’t shadowed someone..
I think any program will prepare you for life as a CRNA, there is a national guideline of cases, procedures, clinical hours, etc, that have to be followed by all accredited schools, so I think the only difference you may have is the acuity of cases…for example if your program is very rural, perhaps you wouldn’t see the cases that a major teaching hospital might have to offer.. but the end result is the the same no matter which school, you still have to pass the same boards no matter which program you enter…and honestly, sometimes it’s almost impossible to get the bare minimum of cases for each service, forget double or triple…
Will the CRNA School I choose affect my job outcome? Not really, you will get out of the program what you put in to it…
There is no difference in salary based on where you went to school, I would say that unless the market changes drastically, that where you went to school doesn’t really affect who will hire you…currently that isn’t so.
definitely residents and SRNAs fight for cases, but a medical school program will probably have better cases to fight over…AND you can learn from each other, the anesthesiologists are more used to a teaching environment. On the other had, my clinical was at a community hospital with no residents and I did more vascular and thoracic cases than anesthesia residents I knew, and the docs were willing to spend more time teaching me because I was one of a few SRNAs instead of many residents. I know people who have graduated from both scenerios, and end result is the same…we all do the same job…
Aug 30, 2012
Become a CRNA in the best city of the world…Toronto of course 🙂
Hi!! I hope you can answer my questions.
I am a student of nursing in Portugal – in my last year of bachelor degree and I would like to become a RN in Ontario – I went to CNO and they told me about the conditions.
I have noticed that the conditions of job (like salary) for CRNA are amazing and I would like to know if after I get my RN licence I can register to become a CRNA in a toronto school or if it is impossible (??).
I know that I need to have a minimum of 1 year of pratice in acute care and the others pre requisites and I have noticed that .
I read that the conditions in US for CRNA are more attrative than in Canada but my main goal is in Canada, if it is possible
I hope a lot if you could help me.
I appreciate…and pardon by my horrible writing English skills 🙁
Aug 11, 2014
become a CRNA
I’m a Nurse ( Bachelor of science of Nursing) working in Switzerland, have more than 5 years of experience in ICU and actually studying to Become a Nurse anesthetist .
My Wife is working in international enterprise, we may have to move in USA in the next years.
I have read all the pre requirements before the program of CRNA,
but I couldn’t find any information about the equivalences of diploma and/or exams to succeed in.
thank you in advance for your help and forgiving my mistakes