pursuing CRNA school acceptance- help

  1. 0
    Can anyone help me find a school for CRNA ?
    I have looked at about all of them(AANA page= 95 schools) and quite frankly I'm getting dizzy!
    I have :
    13 years as an EMT
    6 years as a Nat. Reg. Paramedic ACLS, PALS, CPR
    Both EMS based and Long distance ALS transport. Usually to Duke,
    UNC-Chapel Hill, UVa., and WFUBMC.
    A B.S. in business.
    A BSN. I completed clinicals at WFUBMC. does this help ?
    +/- year in a CVICU/CCU, by acceptance I'll have 1+ years.
    Currently in the AACN , ECCO course.
    Relocation is not a problem my fiance is a R.N. also.
    The only problem might be a 2.9 GPA, I take the GRE in april.
    BUT I did have to work 2604 hours (24 hr. shifts) and commute 3hrs total 2-4 times per week to school.
    Help !?

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  2. 33 Comments...

  3. 0
    OK, but you won't like what I'm going to say. I'm not trying to be hard on you, but sometimes it's best to know the unvarnished facts.

    The 2.9 GPA is probably going to put a stop to your plans. Every program I know of requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. When they receive applications from folks with a GPA less than 3.0, that application is placed in the circular file without further consideration. That may not seem fair, but bear in mind that all graduate level programs require you to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout school. Many will only allow you one class with a grade less than B. So, the programs will see a GPA of less than 3.0 indicative of your ability to complete the program.

    Contact program directors at places you might be interested in to see whether they have recommendations on how you might improve your GPA.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
  4. 0
    I know that as of a month or so ago, several of the schools listed on the AANA web site had GPA requirements in the 2.8 range. I seem to recall the school in Arizona and perhaps Ft. Myers, Florida were two of them. Perhaps there are more. Remember, the GPA requirement listed may not reflect the average GPA of those getting accepted.

    You could always also try taking some science classes, like O-chem, and hope to boost your GPA and show that you can handle difficult science classes.

    Good luck...
  5. 0
    What GPA are you talking about? Is it your BSN degree, overall of both degrees?

    I have a previous degree that was well below a 3.0 and am currently in a BSN program. I saw this as a potential problem when I decided to pursue nursing because I knew I would most likely go to grad school. Lets just say the previous GPA was a bit of a hindrance in getting accepted into an accelerated BSN program. During the process I began to think if I am not even able to apply to certain programs because of my previous GPA how will it affect me when I try for a grad program? Although, I was & am still undecided as to what I will pursue at a graduate level, I decided to get it straight from the horses mouth. I contacted 3 CRNA program directors and explained my situation. One program said they would compute my GPA from my last 120 credits taken. Another said they would only look at the BSN degree GPA and the first degree GPA did not matter. The last program director said it was a case by case basis and that obviously they look favorably on someone who had improving grade trends. So, I would advise contacting schools you are interested in and discussing your situation with them. I was pretty impressed that the directors I contacted took the time answer my questions especially since I was not even a nursing student yet. They all encouraged me to do well in my BSN program and contact them in the future if I decided to apply to their programs.
  6. 0
    Quote from sway
    I know that as of a month or so ago, several of the schools listed on the AANA web site had GPA requirements in the 2.8 range. I seem to recall the school in Arizona and perhaps Ft. Myers, Florida were two of them. Perhaps there are more. Remember, the GPA requirement listed may not reflect the average GPA of those getting accepted.

    You could always also try taking some science classes, like O-chem, and hope to boost your GPA and show that you can handle difficult science classes.

    Good luck...
    Thanks for the info .
    I also found 6 more that said 2.75 in various states.
  7. 0
    Quote from Tootyx121
    What GPA are you talking about? Is it your BSN degree, overall of both degrees?

    I have a previous degree that was well below a 3.0 and am currently in a BSN program. I saw this as a potential problem when I decided to pursue nursing because I knew I would most likely go to grad school. Lets just say the previous GPA was a bit of a hindrance in getting accepted into an accelerated BSN program. During the process I began to think if I am not even able to apply to certain programs because of my previous GPA how will it affect me when I try for a grad program? Although, I was & am still undecided as to what I will pursue at a graduate level, I decided to get it straight from the horses mouth. I contacted 3 CRNA program directors and explained my situation. One program said they would compute my GPA from my last 120 credits taken. Another said they would only look at the BSN degree GPA and the first degree GPA did not matter. The last program director said it was a case by case basis and that obviously they look favorably on someone who had improving grade trends. So, I would advise contacting schools you are interested in and discussing your situation with them. I was pretty impressed that the directors I contacted took the time answer my questions especially since I was not even a nursing student yet. They all encouraged me to do well in my BSN program and contact them in the future if I decided to apply to their programs.
    BSN = 2.9
    I also worked 2604 hours as a paramedic and commuted 1.5 hrs each way.
  8. 0
    Quote from kmchugh
    OK, but you won't like what I'm going to say. I'm not trying to be hard on you, but sometimes it's best to know the unvarnished facts.

    The 2.9 GPA is probably going to put a stop to your plans. Every program I know of requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. When they receive applications from folks with a GPA less than 3.0, that application is placed in the circular file without further consideration. That may not seem fair, but bear in mind that all graduate level programs require you to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout school. Many will only allow you one class with a grade less than B. So, the programs will see a GPA of less than 3.0 indicative of your ability to complete the program.

    Contact program directors at places you might be interested in to see whether they have recommendations on how you might improve your GPA.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
    Thanks for the information.
    I found about 6 or so that say 2.7.
    I guess I'll try those first.
    Again thank you
  9. 0
    I personally know people who have gotten into CRNA programs with a GPA<3.0. However, some did take extra graduate level courses. Getting your CCRN would be a very big plus as well.
  10. 0
    Thanks,
    I'm in the AACN online course through my employer.
    This is for CCRN.
    Do you know which schools in particular?
  11. 0
    Hey,

    First off, totally ignore my screen name...I'm trying to change it.

    I work in a CVICU right now and am in the AACN ECCO course. That is strictly a specialty class for critical care. There isn't a CCRN tag-along to it. Are you taking another course on top of ECCO? The last time I checked out the requirements, you needed pretty much 1 year of full-time bedside in critical care in order to have enough hours to be eligible to sit for the CCRN.

    Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I also don't want you to short yourself if I'm not.

    Good luck in your search.
    -Alyssa


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top