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  1. Hi all. I would like to hear from you about MTSU and the role of religion in their program. I really like everything about the school, but I am not too familiar with Seventh Day Adventists. Is it basically another denomination of Christianity? How does tis play into your classes and clinicals? Thanks.
    Jennifer
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  3. by   ThinkingAboutIt
    Quote from JSB
    Hi all. I would like to hear from you about MTSU and the role of religion in their program. I really like everything about the school, but I am not too familiar with Seventh Day Adventists. Is it basically another denomination of Christianity? How does tis play into your classes and clinicals? Thanks.
    Jennifer

    Hi,

    I don't know anything about about the MTSU and how it incorporates the Seventh Day Adventists religion into the program. The SDA are nuts, they are a cult that is waiting for (wanting) the end of the world. I doubt that they impose any religious garbage on you because MTSU is a respected university.

    If your lucky it will follow the Jesuit tradition of education. Rigorous coursework and the practice of thier faith is left in thier temples instead of the classroom!
  4. by   susswood
    I work with several Seventh Day Adventists who are very nice, normal people. They are not "nuts."

    I personally have no problem and no reason to judge people who have different backgrounds or beliefs. I do, however, take issue with people who pose to be knowledgeable and educated who cannot spell or use proper grammar. :uhoh21:
  5. by   msummar_smc
    Just a few points to avoid any confusion. It is actually MTSA and it is not affiliated with a free-standing univeristy. MTSA is affiliated with a hospital (Tennessee Christian Medical Center). (MTSU is another school in the middle TN area called Middle Tennessee State University).

    I have a few friends that have graduated from MTSA and they absolutely rave about the school. I am aware that you may have to take a religion class that deals with practicing and religions role in anesthesia, but I'm not certain if it is required (but I think it is). All my friends felt more than prepared to enter the working world and I think they have had a nearly 100% board pass rate for the last several years.

    I wouldn't worry about the religion aspect of the school. My friends were all from different denomination and not a single one of them ever complained about the religious affiliation of the school. I want to attend school there one day after a little more work and life experience.
  6. by   Brenna's Dad
    Middle Tennessee is a great school. Their graduates are highly capable. One of the CRNAs I work with graduate a couple eyars ago and had over 350 Peds cases alone. Excellent trauma rotation as well.
  7. by   lynn27
    I have worked with some graduates of MTSA and have to say that they have been some of the best ever. I always knew when they would be doing an epidural that it would be a good one (minimal sticks, great pt beside manner, wonderful professional attitude). Truly preferred them over the anesthesia docs.
  8. by   JSB
    Oops - sorry about the misspell. I know it's MTSA - must have been somewhere in La-la land when I posted.

    Thanks everyone for your input. My best bet would probably be to contact the school to find out more. I don't have a problem with people of different faiths, but I also don't want their religions crammed down my throat. It doesn't seem like that is the case at MTSA, but I appreciate all of your posts.

    Jennifer
  9. by   yoga crna
    I don't have any first hand knowledge about the Tenn school, but one of my friends graduated from Loma Linda University(school is now closed) which is a SDA university. She had no problems with the religious aspect, only the fact that they didn't serve any coffee or meat in the hospital. She made a big thermos of coffee and packed her own lunch and snacks everyday.

    Yoga CRNA
  10. by   NOPAIN
    Quote from ThinkingAboutIt
    Hi,

    I don't know anything about about the MTSU and how it incorporates the Seventh Day Adventists religion into the program. The SDA are nuts, they are a cult that is waiting for (wanting) the end of the world. I doubt that they impose any religious garbage on you because MTSU is a respected university.

    If your lucky it will follow the Jesuit tradition of education. Rigorous coursework and the practice of thier faith is left in thier temples instead of the classroom!
    Hi thinking about:
    Just to clarify. Seventh-Day Adventist isn't a cult, is a religion . As yoga mentioned Loma Linda University (California) is owned by SDA. It is very prestigious in the medical field. As far as education goes, it never gets mixed with the religious aspect of SDA. They will never try to impose, not even educate you about their beliefs. You are there to obtain a degree and that is what your education is based on.
  11. by   AnesthesiaBound
    I am lucky enough to have just been accepted into their program, starting in August. I know 2 people in the class ahead that say the school is incredible. The atmosphere is second to none. You are treated like a family from peers as well as staff/instructors. Their variety of clinical sites allows for a broad range of learning environments and their peds rotation seems to be one of the best.

    I've talked with MDAs and CRNAs that have worked with graduates from MTSA and they all said they come out exceptionally well trained - ready for work.

    Their success rate on boards is posted on their site for all to see. I can't wait to start and look forward to a rich and rewarding experience.

    bj
  12. by   Laser
    I went to Loma Linda University for my BSN and I have also worked at their surgical/trauma unit for 10 years. You couldn't ask for a better bunch of people. Very supportive environment. It is a Christian based institution but they don't cram it down your throat. As with all religious groups you will find ultraconservatives but I have never bumped into any. As for the cult label, there have been splinter groups, most famous probably being David Koresh? as in Waco. Realize though, that he splintered from SDA and is not part of SDA. Hope this helps.
  13. by   AmiK25
    I am planning to apply to MTSA this year for acceptance in the Fall 2005. I shadowed students last year while still in my BSN program and everyone there loved it! I also met several instructors and they were really great....you could tell by the way they interacted with the students that it is a family atmostphere while still be a tough school (they did pimp them a bit, but not in a rude way). As far as religion goes, I know that they do require a class on religion which they state in the school catalog is mostly focused on Christianity but does include an overview of SDA beliefs. Also, I believe they do not require any activities (except maybe call?) on Saturday b/c that is their day of worship. Some activities are required on Sunday, but they state that if your religious preference includes worship on Sunday, you can make up the activities at a later time. To me, that shows they are tolerate of other views and in now way will try to impose SDA beliefs on students. Hope that helps!
  14. by   CRNAwannabe
    Quote from NOPAIN
    Hi thinking about:
    Just to clarify. Seventh-Day Adventist isn't a cult, is a religion . As yoga mentioned Loma Linda University (California) is owned by SDA. It is very prestigious in the medical field. As far as education goes, it never gets mixed with the religious aspect of SDA. They will never try to impose, not even educate you about their beliefs. You are there to obtain a degree and that is what your education is based on.

    No Pain, I have the catalog from this school, and I do believe they require you to take a class on religion. It is to be taken the first three quarters of school. This is a quote from the catolog describing the class: "begin with a devotional reading/talking and thus expose the student to Christian philosophy from the Seventh-Day Adventist perspective... While a relationship with Christ is a major topic there will be discussion of Seventh-Day Adventist doctrines. Many of these are held in common with most other churches, some will be held by only a few churches, and only one is unique to Seventh-Day Advenists." It also described the class as supporting the schools belief that "true education involve the growth of the spiritual, intellectual and physical aspect of the student".

    It is my opinion in reading the material and from what I have heard from student that it is not "shoved" down your throat. It appears they simply believe that religion is a part of your growth as a student and place it as part of their curriculum to ensure your full potential. I do think it is important to consider this if you are highly opposed to any religious teachings. Seventh-Day Adventist faith is very similiar to many protestant faiths - the biggest difference is they observe the "sabbath" on Saturday instead of Sunday. The school does respect that many student observe Sunday as their religious day and make accomadation for them by keeping activities to a minimum on Sunday.

    Personally, I enjoy being educated on all types of religion. I think it make you a better health care professional. What I choose to believe or not believe is up to me. The school is highly respected and I am considering it as one of my top choices.

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