Posted by Ben on December 21, 2008, 5:50 pm, in reply to "(no subject)"
The decision between AA and CRNA should be based on your personal circumstances. If I were an 18 year old kid just starting out in college, then I would definitely go the CRNA route. However, that's not the case. I am a 31 year old who already holds a masters degree in another field and I have worked for a number of years in the corporate world. I personally didn't have the luxury of going back to school to take the prereqs for nursing school, then spending two years in nursing school, working for a year in the ICU, then going to CRNA school. For me it was more feasible to take one year of AA prereqs and then starting an AA program. As it stands now, I think the CRNA profession gives you more choices in terms of scope of practice and location, however I want to stay in the south and I don't mind working in the ACT model so it's a perfect fit for me. You just have to weigh the good and bad of both and determine what will be the best fit for you.