You've been mis-informed, I'm afraid, about the Gooding Institute. Just to let you know, I graduated with my MSNA from there in 1998. I left the area for two years, and returned to the parent hospital three years ago. I currently am a staff CRNA there, a clinical instructor, and am on the Education Committee with the Gooding Institute.
We currently accept twelve students per year, from all over the country. No preference is given to students within the hospital, while we have accepted students from the hospital. The current classof first-year students has no students from the hospital, and the second-year class has two. That's about average, none to two students per year. What we do examine, however, is GPA, GRE, previous experience, and personal interview. first hand knowledge of an applicant can be either detrimental or positive, as I am sure you must know.
Our program is very intense, strongly clinically based. We provide complete anesthesia services for ASA Level I-VI patients, pediatrics to openheart, and all in between. You will be strong when you leave us, able to go anywhere to practice.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reply. Hope this helps in your choice.