GPA Requirements

  1. I have in other threads posted some incorrect information, and want to correct that. I checked with Tony Chipas (Director, Newman University). The required GPA at Newman and most other programs for an applicant is 3.0, NOT 3.5 as I had posted elsewhere. Just wanted to clarify.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
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  3. by   London88
    3.5 is usually the requirement for those who already have a graduate nursing degree, and are going for post certification.
  4. by   Roland
    of GPA does it take to actually get in most years.
  5. by   kmchugh
    Roland

    I spoke briefly with the program director at Newman the other day. I think he said this year's class GPA's ranged from 3.2 to 3.8. I don't know this, but would guess that's about the average range for students accepted to CRNA programs.

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   New CCU RN
    Just wondering if you think the 3.2-3.8 is universal for most universities to get in to a CRNA program? Most sites say their university requires at least a 3.0. Just wondering all your input on that...do you think someone would have a shot with the 3.0 or do you think it is much higher than that?
  7. by   TheBrainMusher
    Is the 3.0 cum of ALL undergrad work, or just in BSN? I am a second degree candidate whose undergrad isn't the best (2.5) ... do they look just at nursing? or factor in if your nursing is MUCH higher? I'm sure GRE scores matter too...
  8. by   louloubell1
    GRE scores don't matter everywhere. The program I'm applying to, for instance, doesn't require you to take the GRE unless your undergrad GPA is less than 3.25 or something like that. As far as the other info you asked, while I can't answer for any program except for the one I've looked into most thoroughly, 3.0 cummulative GPA was the minimum standard even though they also look at your performance in science and nursing classes specifically.

    Be blessed!
    Lou
    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~ Day 23
  9. by   TheBrainMusher
    Lou,

    I hope you are doing well on couch arrest! I am just concerned about my GPA. My undergrad GPA was a 2.3 (REALLY SLACKED OFF IN COLLEGE!) in business, BUT that doesn't include my transfer credits I had 34 credits transferred. This brings me to a 2.5 or something. My first two years of school I was a chem major, then switched to business and kinda gave up on myself and just wanted out of colelge. Anyways, I am taking classes at a county college (not related to my undergrad) for nursing in which if I ace all of them I will have like a 2.7, but even if I get a 4.0 in my accelerated BSN program I'm looking into I will have a 2.99 total undergrad GPA. On my transcript it says 2.3 so that has me discouraged b/c transfer credits and any credits NOT taken at the undergraduate institution is not incorporated into the cum GPA! I'm so frustrated looking ahead b/c I wish I wouldn't have funked around in college and then of course I wouldn't be in the situation I am in at all (in my current position in banking b/c I would ahve gotten a better job, better paying etc). I am hoping that they will see I did good in my chem and bios and I plan on doing EXCELLENT in nursing school ... think that could boost me in? (also with GRE and excellent recommendations)

    Oh and also, I was reading your thread about your freaking about applying, good luck and go for it. I am a type A personality too (can't you tell by me freaking out at things like 4 years down the road? ) :roll

    Take Care,
    Megan
  10. by   sarayu
    Hi RNlou:
    what 's the name of the school that won't require GRE unless your GPA is under 2.5?
    thanks a lot
    Sara
  11. by   EmeraldNYL
    Megan, I totally slacked off in my undergrad too. I was more concerned with my sorority and being an RA that I didn't study as much as I should have. My undergrad GPA is a 2.85. Now I have a 4.0 in nursing school, but I am so worried that my past grades are going to come back to haunt me. I did especially poorly in some of my chem classes but would be willing to retake them. I took the GRE as well and didn't do as well as I would have liked; I rocked the verbal part but bombed the math (they don't allow calculators???! *****?!). So anyway, I guess we're in the same boat.
  12. by   TheBrainMusher
    NIkki,

    I think you might be my half sister ... lol we have a lot in common! How are things working for you at school? Do you have an externship? (I know some of the students at TJU do and I didn't know if all schools did that!).

    I'm going to try to bring my undergrad up to a 2.8-2.9ish with my prereq's (now granted, I calculated my OWN GPA using ALL the classes I took, even transfer credits (36 of them) to get the 2.6 ... I hope that a good grade in nursing school and good GRE grades, plus experience will get me in! Also, I haven't seen many hospitals in the philly region advertising for CRNA's ... there are some private companies, that is it. Also I'm looking down at the jersey shore ... only companies down there ... all seem to start at like $100M. Do hospitals give better comp packages? Seems all the groups have Anesthesiologists doing the work and CRNA's working under a doctor? In NJ, do you need to work under a MD? What about PA? DE? Anyone know?
  13. by   louloubell1
    Hi Sara. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is the school to which I was referring. The GRE isn't required for the anesthesia program there, and it isn't required for admission as an unclassified graduate student unless your undergrad GPA was under 3.25 or something like that.
  14. by   EmeraldNYL
    Megan,
    On my clinicals I see lots of CRNAs. Their scope of practice seems to vary greatly from hospital to hospital. At some hospitals, the MDAs start the anesthesia and the CRNAs monitor for the rest of surgery. I think in PA you have to be supervised by a physician but not necessarily an MDA. I subscribe to Advance-for-Nurses and they occasionally have ads for CRNAs. BTW, if you're interested in Jefferson, they have a link off their website for recruiting CRNAs-- it says the salary only starts at $86,000 though. I think CRNAs are WAAAY more in demand in the Philly area than NPs are. Any CRNAs working in Philly care to comment?

    And no, I don't have an externship, I worked as a nursing assistant for 3 years but have no time to work now! Some people work as nursing assistants but I have no clue how they manage to do it and get their work done. This quarter is turning out to be incredibly difficult. If you're going to do a one yr. program my advice is not to work!!

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