When should I sign a contract?
You may be presented with some different options after being accepted to a CRNA program. Some hospitals and anesthesia groups may offer you a contract as soon as your are accepted to a program. These contracts usually will include some benefit to the student while s/he is in school, such as a stipend or help with loans. There are rare groups that even offer contracts that pay for tuition and books while you are in school. None of these contracts are without strings, of course. These contracts will include a clause that requires you to work for the contracting hospital or anesthesia group for a set period of time, usually at least two years. Therefore, it would be to your benefit to know as much as possible about the hospital or group before signing the contract. Ask questions about hours required, call time, pay, etc. See the next question for more information.