SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Last night over dinner with friends we had a heated debate about Nursing and how it would be smarter to go to Nursing school and get into Nurse Anathesia which is a great career and the income is not bad either RATHER than go to Medical school. My friends argument was this you can get into Nursing and earn a BSN in 4 years then head into a 30 months NA program and graduate earning 170,000 a year and work around 40 hours a week. Where as Med School your going 4 years Undergrad, $ years Med and residency where your making only like $34,000 a year and after that your making only $120,000 as a new MD. What??? is this true does anyone know the facts about this. I had a late night but today I am certainly going to do some research. I know I want to be a Doctor and no disrespect to Nurses but as a Nurse your still very limited in your practice and your still answering to guess who?!! The DOCTOR Im not on sme time of Control trip I am just surprised that Nurses can make that type of Money in so little time and the debt at the worst I was told after graduation is only like $70,000.00 Thats for her entire program. Can some one educate me more on this field, and is it really that much shorter than med school. I thought most Nursing programs had LONG wait list and it's usually around Three years for just a ASN Degree. Any Opinions. Thank Everyone!