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There are 51 CRNA schools that offer a CRNA Post Masters Certificate (PMC) or DNP Completion Program. What does a Nurse Anesthetist PMC mean? PMC and DNP Completion mean exactly the same thing. Essentially, if you already have a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) in another specialty, depending on the school, you can be eligible to enroll in the PMC to receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, otherwise known as a DNP. If you are currently a professional CRNA with an MSN, you can reach enroll in the Post Masters Certificate to reach your Doctorate degree. The PMC is relatively new with more and more CRNA schools offering these certification routes as most CRNAs today are MS (Master of Science), MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) or MSNA (Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia) degree holders.
The reasoning behind calling it a DNP Completion program is because once you finish the degree, you have completed the path of becoming a CRNA, as there’s no additional degrees to attain following the DNP.
Is the CRNA Post Certificate and DNP Completion Program Important?
Well, as we all know by now, for various reasons the CRNA career path is moving towards the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as an industry standard. As mentioned in my writing on How Many Years Does it Take to Be a Nurse Anesthetist,
Back in 2007, the AANA (the official Nurse Anesthesia Association in the US) voted to require all CRNAs to get Doctors (DNP) degrees rather than Master of Science in Nursing Degrees (MSN). Due to this law, all CRNA schools need to abide by the DNP 3 CRNA schooling years requirement by 2025. Previously, over 70% of CRNA schools were Masters programs while 30% were Doctors programs. Today, for the 2020 and 2021 school years, those figures are reversed. Now, we see only 20% of CRNA schools offering master’s 2-year CRNA programs, while 80% of CRNA schools offer the DNP with 3 CRNA Schooling years. The good thing is that all current CRNAs with master’s degrees prior to 2025 will be grand fathered in and will not have to get doctorate degrees to continue practicing.Nelson, everythingCRNA.com
Why I think MSN to DNP CRNA Programs Aren’t Worth It
Although it’s a low possibility, there is a chance that more hospitals will require DNP or DNAP degrees from CRNAs for positions or list it as a requirement for job postings. However, personally, I think this is extremely unlikely given that there’s already a shortage of CRNAs in the market today. Some academia advisors recommend getting the DNP now. However, my view is the complete opposite for the following reasons.
- Money: First, why spend the additional money on the tuition if it isn’t necessary at all for your career.
- Opportunity Cost: Second, there’s the opportunity cost. The time you spend studying could be spent doing other things. Personally, I feel I’ve already invested enough money and time into my education since university and for my MSN that I feel it’s time I see a return on my time and money.
I can improve my skillsets through real life learnings and on the job. Although many of the courses are done online or can be spread out over many years, my view is why bother when it isn’t required.
- Not Mandatory. Third, a DNP isn’t required. All CRNA students and professionals who receive an MSN CRNA degree will not be required to obtain the DNP degree. Unless this guideline specifically changes, I don’t recommend Post Masters CRNA degrees to anyone unless you enjoy academia or want to go back to school.
Please note that this is my personal opinion and it’s quite controversial compared to others. Everyone’s opinion is different and I recommend you speak with more people. As you can tell, I’m a realist and believe in sharing the truth with all my friends and readers. 😊
Post Masters CRNA
Some CRNA schools have very strict MSN to DNP requirements. For example, Mayo Clinic, specifically states
This CRNA postgraduate degree program is designed for certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNAs) with a master’s degree. Applicants must have graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Master of Nurse Anesthesia Program or be currently employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
List of all MSN to DNP Anesthesia Programs
Below is the list of all 51 CRNA Schools that offer a Post Masters CRNA Certificate program. This list is updated for the 2022 academic year. These are all CRNA to DNP programs.
- La Roche CRNA
- Augusta CRNA Program
- Murray State CRNA
- Barry University Nurse Anesthesia Program
- Baylor College of Medicine CRNA
- Boston College CRNA
- UNC CRNA Program
- Cleveland Clinic CRNA program
- Columbia University CRNA
- Drexel CRNA
- ECU CRNA
- Excela Health School of Anesthesia
- Florida Gulf Coast University CRNA
- Case Western CRNA
- La Salle CRNA program
- Integrated Anesthesia Associates
- Keiser University CRNA
- Lincoln Memorial University CRNA Program
- LSU CRNA Program
- Lourdes University CRNA
- Mayo Clinic CRNA
- MUSC CRNA Program
- Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
- Midwestern University CRNA
- Missouri State University CRNA
- Mount Marty CRNA
- Newman CRNA
- Northeastern CRNA
- Northwestern CRNA Program
- Oakland University CRNA Program
- Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
- Quinnipiac CRNA Program
- Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia
- Rosalind Franklin CRNA
- Samuel Merritt CRNA
- TCU CRNA
- Texas Wesleyan University CRNA
- University of Akron CRNA
- U of M CRNA Program
- UPenn CRNA
- University of Pittsburgh CRNA
- University of Scranton CRNA
- UTC CRNA
- Union University CRNA
- UPMC Hamot
- Villanova CRNA program
- VCU CRNA Program
- Wake Forest CRNA
- Webster University Nurse Anesthesia Program
- Yale CRNA
- York College CRNA
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