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After I graduate High School, do I need to get my associate's degree before I can get my Bachelor's degree? I want to become a CRNA and need my BSN but the tuition is very high for both degrees.

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Mark’s Answer

If you know of a public university in Louisiana that you want to get your CRNA at it may make sense to start at a community college that offers an LT (Louisiana Transfer) degree. According to the Louisiana board of regents:
The Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complete the first 60 hours of course work
toward a baccalaureate degree at a 2-year or community college. LT graduates are eligible to enter a 4-year Louisiana public university as a junior,
with all 60 (non-developmental) credits transferring to the receiving university. The Transfer Degree Guarantee (TDG) refers to a guaranteed and
easy transfer for students from a 2-year community college to a public university in Louisiana. Students may complete either an Associate of Arts
(AALT) or Associate of Science (ASLT), depending on their interests and aspirations for further study and a bachelor’s degree"
You would want to make sure you chose courses that would be preparing you for your eventual 4 year degree toward your CRNA.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Justin
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Jacquelyn’s Answer

When determing what is the best route for college - it is good that you are considering the financial costs. You don't want to saddle yourself with heavy debt so that when you finally do graduate you are working to pay off those student loans. The Community college route is a good one to take that will enable you to get your Associates degree. It will also give you an opportunity to start networking and ideally secure an internship locally. From there you can assess what other colleges you could transfer into to finish and come out with a Bachelor's degree. You should also pursure those schools that have "reciprocal" relationships with the Community college to maximize your time. It makes it easier when transferring in, as well as might help in the search for financial aid and scholarships.
Thank you comment icon Loved reading this, thanks! Justin
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Becky’s Answer

Nursing is an amazing profession because you can enter at any level. It’s no problem to enter at the associates degree level regardless of what you want to do in the future. Some jobs require a BSN so you may have some limitations on jobs but otherwise no issues!
Thank you comment icon Heyyy! Thank you so much for your help. I see that you are a RN in Phoenix AZ which is where I want to work as an RN. How did you become an RN if you don't mind me asking. Could I get my education in Louisiana and then get licensed to work in Arizona? Justin
Thank you comment icon For sure! Arizona is in the compact state license group. If Louisiana is not, you will just need to get a license in any of the compact states. :) Becky Veenstra, M.S., RN, B.S. Ed
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