Applying after 1 yr. or 2 of icu

  1. Hey everyone,

    First off I want to say this is a great board I really enjoy reading the posts.

    My question is this: should I apply to CRNA programs with one year of experience or two? I graduated this April and wanted to apply this summer so I could start CRNA school Fall 2003.
    I got right in to an ICU I have been learning tons, I worked as a LPN for a year on a Med/Sug floor and before that I was a Scrub Tech/Anesthesia Tech. for a year. My GPA is 3.66, strong in the sciences, I will take the GRE this summer (oh boy).

    So... Do I stand a chance to get in???? or should I just wait till next year before I apply ( so I will have 2+ years if the average program starts in Aug.). I want to be a strong applicant but I also want to realize my ultimate goal of becoming a CRNA. I know Kevin McHugh mentioned in one of his posts to go for it after a year. what do you all think?? What were most of your classmates standings??


    Let me know

    Matt
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   nilepoc
    I would go for it. And i would have followed that advice, if i had not needed to support my wife throughh her PhD. Instead, we swap turns going to school. But it looks like there is an end in sight now.

    I know two people personally who were accepted after one year of experience. I also know one person who was told to apply again later. The difference in the two, was pretty much two had CCRN's and one didn't.

    If you don't care where you go, you could tailor your application pool to include schools that don't fill on a regular basis. I can't name them, but I know there are a few out there.

    Good luck.
  4. by   AL bug
    Apply after one year. It sounds like you had some other good background. I know several people in my class who had been in the ICU 6 months when they applied and 18 months when school started. At least you will know where you stand. The worst thing that could happen is they say you need more experience, which you are debating already, and the best thing would be to get accepted. Good Luck. I was in the Unit about 18 months when I applied.
    bug
  5. by   London88
    You should go for it! If you do not apply you will never know whether or not you would have been accepted. But if if you do apply, and you get turned down, you simply reapply next year.
  6. by   alansmith52
    wait a second, wait, wait, wait.
    if there are any shcools that have a history of not filling. lets have em right here. out with it. even if its one you think doesn't fill.
  7. by   kmchugh
    Matt

    Apply now, this year. Many people have applied with even less than one year of experience and been accepted on the condition that they finish one year in the time before class begins. There are a couple of ways to look at this, both of which say apply now. The first is to look at the best and worst that could happen. The best? You're accepted, and on your way. The worst, you are not accepted, but have gained valuable experience in application and interview. You will be stronger for it. The other way to look at it is financial. Consider the average salary of an RN versus a CRNA. Waiting a year because you aren't certain will cost you somewhere between $50 and $100k. A rather expensive case of indecision, wouldn't you say?

    Kevin McHugh
  8. by   lgcv
    I know KU does not always fill, neither does Texas Weslyan, but this has more to do with the applicant pool. If there are not enough to meet the standards, there are slots unfilled.
  9. by   nilepoc
    Those are the two i was going to mention.

    Also, Kansas does not require a GRE.

    Craig
  10. by   alansmith52
    your talking about kansas medical not newman right?
  11. by   kmchugh
    He must be talking about KU. I was in the first class at Newman University in Wichita, KS. They only accept 10 students per year, and so far, every class has been filled.

    Kevin McHugh
  12. by   smogmatt
    Hey thanks for the imput. it really helps I will apply this year and I'll let everyone know how its going

    thanks again

    Matt
  13. by   braden74
    I would like some advice or input from the members who have already graduated. I spoke with someone an advisor at one school and was advised to wait until I have 2 years experience to apply having a total of 3 years when I'm accepted. Does anyone have input on this? Is there that big of a learning curve with the extra year?

    The advisor told me that 99% of the people who fail out or drop out have only 1-2 years ICU/nursing experience.

    Also, I heard USC is moving there program to the School of Medicine. Sounds like the Baylor program. Anyone have any comments about taking class with med students? Constructive comments please.

    Thanks

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