Advice for college students and recent graduates alike, looking to start a career as a nurse anesthetist

Do You Have to Go to School to Become an Anesthetist

Sometimes people come up to me (or email me, or tweet me) to ask whether you have to go to school to become an anesthetist. This may sound like a naive question, but they don’t mean they think they can just turn up at a hospital one day and become an anesthetist, instead they are wondering if this is a career in which you can work the way up from a low level to become one.

My answer to this is always, no, I’m afraid not, though it’s not as simple as that. You have to go to a specific nursing anesthetist school to later become one, but you will often also have to work your way up from a slightly lower level.

So it’s not a case of one or the other – it’s a case of both. It seems like a lot of work, but if this is your passion then you shouldn’t be too worried. And just think, if things were the other way around you would want you anesthetist to be fully qualified and experienced in the task at hand.


What do I need to do to get into nursing school?

When looking to enter into nursing school you have to be aware that there will be several nursing school requirements you will have to contend with before you can be accepted into any programs.

It is often suggested as a good idea for you to meet with all the heads of departments for the nurse anesthetist programs in the particular schools in which you wish to apply. This step isn’t completely necessary, but it often makes you stand out among all the other applicants, and they can also tell you about any special requirements that may help you get picked for a program.

Many nursing schools will require you to have a graduate degree in certain majors. It’s important for you to look through all of these and make sure yu have the specific degrees that are necessary because even if everybody has the same degree, if you don’t have one at all your application probably won’t even be looked at in the first place.

Welcome to NA

Hello and welcome to NA! In this post I will quickly explain what I hope this blog is going to be all about, and how it will help you, then afterwards I will publish the first ‘real’ post I wrote a couple of days ago.

As the tagline says, here at Nurse Anesthetists w are here to give advice to college students and recent graduates alike, who looking to start a career as a nurse anesthetist. We know many people are drawn to this career because of it’s high salary levels, but we want people to know this isn’t a career you can just jump into for the money. Beside from the huge amount of time you will have to put aside for your education (up to eight years in many cases, in the US), this is also a job you won’t be able to do if you dont truly care about it.

We’re not here to discourage people going down this exciting career path, but we want people to be realistic about their decision first.

If you have any questions about the site, or you would like me to answer a particular career question as a blog post on the site, be sure to get in touch!

I hope you enjoy this blog, be sure to look out for the first ‘real’ post which will be published in the next half an hour.