What are your career goals—and how quickly do you want to get there? Online CRNA programs are offered in a variety of formats, such as full-time and part-time, to help you achieve different goals. For aspiring nurse anesthetists, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is also a viable option—and it may help you qualify for a higher-ranking role and salary. A DNP is the highest clinical-level nursing degree you can receive, and if you already have a master’s, MSN-to-DNP CRNA programs can help you get there faster.
According to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), all accredited programs must offer a doctoral degree for entry to practice by January 1, 2022. This means that entry into the CRNA profession will require a doctoral degree by 2025.