CRNAs must complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and successfully pass the state's NCLEX-RN exam. Nurses with ADN degrees will need to obtain their BSN first or combine a BSN to an MSN or BSN to doctoral degree program. Nurses should have at least a year of experience, preferably with critical care experience, before pursuing a CRNA career.
CRNAs must complete an MSN; however, by 2025, all CRNAs programs are intending to transition to doctoral training (DNAP). All programs must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and include all necessary clinical hours.