Two years+ - correct. Many have little to no healthcare background, but SOME DO. Most have zero anesthesia background, but some, particularly those who have been RT's or paramedics have some very relevant clinical experience.
I know people that HAVE worked during the program, have done just fine, and are excellent practitioners.
Working during school does NOT make you a bad provider.
We can sit here and carve out exceptions to all these scenarios, but here's the gist of it...
I AGREE that it is BETTER if an AA student does NOT work while in school. If you re-read my posts, I have said this multiple times.
I DO NOT AGREE that working while in school makes you a lesser provider. That is simply an incorrect statement. It's not "one size fits all". The difference between me and you two is that one or both of you are students or new grads with a limited amount of exposure in the real world, so your opinion is largely idealistic, whereas my opinion, even though just an opinion, is based on years of experience and I can actually see it from the hiring and management end dealing with literally hundreds of AA's over the years.