Newbie question from a wannabe:

From what I have heard, the AACN has set a goal that by 2012, CNRA education (for all programs) will matriculate to the doctoral level. This should not impact practicing CRNAs or even currently enrolled SRNAs...BUT it could be an issue for a prospective student, working thier way through a BSN program now. Graduate w/BSN 2009-ish, CVICU 2010-2013, application 2014-ish...

...could a requirement limit the scope and practice of a masters program graduate after this implementation? Is the PhD simply a suggestion or a requirement? Would the added cost (time value + loan amounts) actually discourage applicants and decrease the candidate pool? Is the requirement intended to increase quality of care?

Can anyone confirm/deny this info? I am just learning about the field (fascinating BTW) and would appreciate the opinion of veterans in the field or those familiar with the education pathway...

THX!

-Dad of Rob (+ 1 on the way...)