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Anesthesiology/MSN vs. DNP to practice as CRNA


As I am preparing myself for CRNA school I encounter the inevitable, MSN vs DNP. I have been researching (without much success) when will it be required for CRNA to graduate with DNP or DNAPs degrees. Some sites quote 2015 while others say 2025. Could you please give me more insight in this matter, and maybe direct me to which official site could I refer to for news/updates on this subject.
Thank You!!

Hi Yane

Thanks for the question!

I know this is confusing and you are not alone. Here are the actual changes coming.

All APN programs housed in schools of nursing will have to convert to a clinical doctorate by 2015.

The AANA (American Assoc. of Nurse Anesthetists) has made it a policy to have all CRNA programs converted to clinical doctorate by 2025.

About 50% of CRNA programs are housed in schools of nursing where they get an MSN and 50% not where they get various other masters degrees along with the CRNA certification.

So the answer is that any CRNA program in a school of nursing will likely have to convert to clinical doctorate by 2015 but they are not required by the AANA until 2025. Any CRNA program not in a school of nursing will have to convert by 2025 though many are doing so already.

Anyone who has a masters when they graduate will not be required to get a doctorate.

Hope this helps!


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I am a former Trauma Flight RN now a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNAs). I can help answer questions on the CRNA profession and clinical anesthesia. I work full time as an independent practice CRNA and have a special interest in regional anesthesia, particularly peripheral nerve blocks. I also teach ultrasound regional anesthesia and lecture all over the country. If I do not know the answer, I will find it for you.


I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Nurse Anesthetist who works as an independent/autonomous practitioner. There are often questions about my profession and I would like to offer the service of an actual CRNA. If you did not know, there are about 40000 of us which equates to 50% of the anesthesia providers in the USA today. I also lecture and teach ultrasound regional anesthesia all over the country.

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