Preparing for Nurse Anesthesia School: Application Costs
Each CRNA school you apply to can range between $30 and $100 per application. In addition to that you will have to pay for tests like the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Critical Care Registered Nurse Exam (CCRN). All of these expenses fall into what we like to call your “School Fund”. Start preparing now for nurse anesthesia school by opening up a savings account and deciding how much you can put away each month. The earlier you start doing this, the more money you will have when it comes to paying for all of the CRNA school application materials. Trust us, it gets expensive.
Your Nurse Anesthesia “School Fund”
Next you need to budget a portion to this savings account that will cover the cost of tuition, housing, living expenses, gas, food etc. We call this you “School Fund”. You will not be able to work once in CRNA school, so the more you have saved, the easier it will be when the time comes to start the anesthesia program. Another thing to consider when preparing for nurse anesthesia school is relocation cost. More than likely, once you are accepted you will be moving to a new city or even a new state. After that, you will probably move at least one more time to your secondary clinical site. In my case I had to initially move 6 hours away from home to my didactic portion of the CRNA program, and my second year clinical site required me to move once again 12 hours away. These costs need to be anticipated and planned for long before you are ever accepted to a program. Everyone’s financial situation is different; some people are single, married, have kids, some have multiple scholarships available, and others, like me, have to pay for school right out of pocket and utilize student loans.
This lesson in our program covers all the necessary steps that you will need to take to ensure that you will have enough money to make it through the application process and school. This is a very important portion of our program for a number of reasons. Every year nurse anesthesia students drop out of school because of the financial burden that can come from not preparing prior to starting school. This can very easily be avoided just by taking the time to follow a few simple steps. If you haven’t purchased our program CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts We encourage you to do so. Not only will it save you time and money, it will lower your stress level and enable you to focus on school.
“To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.” (Ralph Bunche)