old pre-req grades for CRNA program

  1. I got a C in Chemistry 10 years ago. By the time I'd be able to apply to a CRNA school it will be a grade that is about 15 years old. I know that most of the CRNA Programs want to use pre-req grades that are no older than 5 years for admittance but will they even look at my grades from so far back and count it against me? I'm an A student these days. Thanks!
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  3. by   nec
    Quote from JoJozay
    I got a C in Chemistry 10 years ago. By the time I'd be able to apply to a CRNA school it will be a grade that is about 15 years old. I know that most of the CRNA Programs want to use pre-req grades that are no older than 5 years for admittance but will they even look at my grades from so far back and count it against me? I'm an A student these days. Thanks!

    If it was me, I would take a new chemistry closer to applying to anesthesia school. Good luck nec
  4. by   jbro
    Quote from JoJozay
    I got a C in Chemistry 10 years ago. By the time I'd be able to apply to a CRNA school it will be a grade that is about 15 years old. I know that most of the CRNA Programs want to use pre-req grades that are no older than 5 years for admittance but will they even look at my grades from so far back and count it against me? I'm an A student these days. Thanks!
    different schools look at different GPA's, they may look at your overall gpa, your gpa for your last 60 credit hours, or the gpa for only your core classes, some will look at the highest one, it all depends on the school, so the best thing to do would be to contact a few schools and see what they say
  5. by   tcrn
    Retake it... I am doing that now and currently have an A. I was sure to tell the interviewers that.
  6. by   JoJozay
    I'm going to do all the pre-reqs over since I want to do well on the GRE when I take it but was wondering what admission officers were doing currently. Thanks for all the replies. I love this forum.

    J
  7. by   TraumaMaster
    Definitely check the programs. Some programs just require you to have chemistry within 3-5 years of starting their program. That means you can audit the class or take a class without a lab. But check with the programs you are interested in first. I mean hey, who wants to take 8 hours of general chem with a lab over again??? yuck! But, we do what we must to succeed!
  8. by   JoJozay
    Too true:Lab, discussion, lecture, blah blah blah.

    lol


    Quote from TraumaMaster
    I mean hey, who wants to take 8 hours of general chem with a lab over again??? yuck! But, we do what we must to succeed!
  9. by   mato_tom
    definatley program specific...i sent out 10 e mails to various programs stating i had a&p, gen chem, physics all a's 10 years ago and wanted to know if i should retake....so far

    1 said no....waiting on the rest

    but other schools have "within 5 years" written into their admissions requirements online

    call and ask or risk wasting time and money
  10. by   mbrian46
    I was in a similar situation last year when I first applied to anesthesia school. My prereq. science grades were C's in Chem I,II, and Microbiology; of course all taken about 9-10 yrs. ago. My overall was about 3.2. I applied to different schools last year, thinking the interview panel would understand and accept the fact that I was a typical "college kid". Well, during every single interview....after reviewing my transcript, the first thing every one asked was "What about your C's in your science classes?" I was on a few alternate lists and got a few denials. One school told me that I did not get in because of my grades in these classes. So, I retook Chem I and Micro this past summer.....made A's, planned on taking Chem II this past fall, but was accepted to a program this past Jan. So far, making A's. My suggestion is if it's feasible to retake these classes, then do so. There is nothing more frustrating than to be asked about your bad grades in old classes, knowing that you are a much better student and more focused now than you were at 18. Remember, if the interview panel is deciding between two people, one with an A in chem. and one with a C in chem, who are they more than likely going to take? That's my advice, anyway. I do know people who are in programs now that had C's in their prereqs, but still eventually got in. Good luck....................Brian
  11. by   JoJozay
    This is a bit strange to me but it seems if you retake a class and your last grade is an A and was taken within 5 years then you are equal to or almost equal to someone who has gotten an A on their first try? A number of people mention that admissions looks for improvement.

    J
  12. by   septicwad
    I've got a BS (1986) and MS (1993) in chemistry. Anybody else out there with a similar background?
  13. by   Sheri257
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but don't most programs require at least one year of ICU experience, preferably more? How you are supposed to have pre-reqs that are less than five years old if you're also supposed to attend nursing school and obtain ICU experience after that?

    All of your pre-reqs could easily be five years or older by then, even under the best of circumstances. Particularly when you consider the waiting lists for most nursing schools, the additional time it may take to obtain a bachelor's, etc.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Mar 30, '04
  14. by   WTF
    Guess you would have to take them again. LOL.

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