Well the interview is over, and I can say that it went very well. This inspite the fact that I interviewed on the day of the attack. Let me tell you, Georgetown got to see how all four of the applicants that day perform under pressure. I am grateful that they even went ahead with the interview.
So what did I learn for interviewing with Georgetown?
Most of the following advice should be good for any program you are interested in.
I can't stress this enough. Apply early, they do rolling admissions. I was given the outcome of my interview in under two weeks. I knew the outcome of my interview with Georgetown, before I had even heard that I had the opportunity to interview at the other six schools
I applied to. Luckily Georgetown is my top pick. You could potentially save a bundle in interview costs by employing this strategy.
I would recommend that anyone applying to any CRNA program take extra courses in science. During the interview the panel was very happy I had retaken chemistry, and not just been content with the lame class I had to take for nursing. They also liked the advanced biology classes, like genetics, molecular cellular biology and immunology. They seemed particularly happy that I took two semesters of physics.
Get your CCRN, and try to have PALS and some other certifications before applying.
Do well on your GRE, they looked at this more heavily than I thought they would.
Seek out extra experiences. I place PICC's for my hospital, this also was looked on very highly by Georgetown. Participate in research, this is one thing they really were happy to see on my resume. If you can get published, all the better.
Go to the OR and see what a CRNA does. They want to see that you know what you are getting into.
When you go to your interview, be prepared, surf the web and see what other programs have to offer. You will be better prepared to answer the questions given to you during the interview if you have done some background research.