New Hampshire is a lovely East Coast state rich in history and old world charm. It is also relatively conveniently located so that, if a resident of New Hampshire was interested in attending CRNA school, they may not need to travel too far in order to do so. New Hampshire does not have any in-state schools currently offering CRNA programs. The nearby states of Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, however, all have schools which offer CRNA education programs. There is one school in Maine, two in Massachusetts, and four in New York. While temporarily moving out-of-state in order to attend a CRNA program may not be an ideal situation, it is something a resident of New Hampshire may have to consider if he or she would like to become a CRNA. Of course, upon completion of a CRNA program, a new CRNA would always have the option to search for employment in New Hampshire.
Regardless of where you choose to attend school, any CRNA program you are looking into will likely have some similar admission requirements. The main three requirements most commonly seen in order to be a qualifying applicant are: a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a current license as a Registered Nurse, and one to two years of work experience as a critical care nurse. Many programs have additional requirements such as a certain undergrad GPA or GRE scores or letters of recommendation. Each program may also define each requirement differently. For instance, some schools may allow work in a NICU to count as critical care experience while others may require that the applicant worked with adults. Some programs may allow a student with a bachelor’s degree in a related field that is not nursing to apply to the program while other may be strict about the exact type of degree. The application process can be tedious, but it is crucial that you double check the individual requirements for each school you apply to as they can and do vary.
CRNAs in New Hampshire- Licensure and Certification
In order to practice as a CRNA after graduating from a CRNA program, you must take and pass the National Certification Examination. In addition, according to the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the state of New Hampshire requires that you hold an active license as a Registered Nurse (RN), as well as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). In addition to state-specific requirements, each individual medical facility may also enforce particular requirements about certifications for CRNAs which they employ.