How do I apply for a CRNA program?
Application requirements vary from program to program, so for specific information check with the schools where you intend to apply. You will have to do this in any event, as you will need an application packet from the school.
Generally speaking, you will first have to send in a “paper” application that the school will send you. More schools yearly are going to online primary applications and the student is expected to send in supporting information, this can speed up the application process signifigantly. How quickly getting your application in can be very important for schools with "rolling admissions" which essentially means the school takes students as the apps come in. There will usually be a required non-refundable application fee that must be sent in with your application. Check carefully that you meet the requirements of the school before sending in your application. If you do not, you will probably have wasted your application fee.
Some applicants consider sending out applications in “shotgun” fashion, sending out as many applications to as many schools as they can afford. This is not a good idea. Beyond being expensive, scheduling interviews at all these different schools can become a real headache. It is better to pick out two or three schools that most interest you, and apply to those schools.
Once the application deadline has passed, the school will go over all the applications, and will select a certain number of applicants for interview. Those applicants will travel to the school at their own expense for a face to face interview with the program director and the admissions committee. These interviews can be stressful. See the next question for more information on interviews.