Quote from gravitycure
i've heard the dropout at barry is high because they take in too many students with so few professors. i know 3 who left the program and went elsewhere for that reason. basic complaint was they were more about the $$ than anything.
despite what rumors may be circulating out there from people outside the program, I can set the record straight on Barry. The simple fact about the people who have not continued in our program was that they 1) were not prepared for the time investment involved, 2) had a negative outlook about the cost/benefit from the anesthesia school experience, or 3) discovered that they were not interested in the subject matter after the fact.
there has never been a time when I felt access to a professor was difficult due to the size of our class. the faculty are very approachable, and are available. Rarely when I seek help from the professors do I have someone standing in front of me during their office hours.
the director, and faculty at Barry have taken on an ambitious endevour to increase the size of the program to meet the demands of Florida, and the country for competant nurse anesthetists. It has not been their goal to "weed" anyone out, in fact, they bend over backwards for people who are enthusiastic about anesthesia. They do keep their standards high, however, like the rest of the programs, and unfortunately some people cannot continue.
This is like the rest of the programs in the country.
I might be concerned about programs that exceed the standard deviation from the national attrition rate average on both sides, Barry does not exceed this, which says a lot about a large program.
I dont know what the crap is about "being more about the $$" is...does this mean tuition? It is roughly the same for any private school, or out of state program. Yeah, I have to pay tuition. Yeah, I have to buy my books. What am I missing here? I think that is a lame form of Freudian projection for someones failure.
No matter where you choose to go FL CRNA, my best advice would be to remain positive, no matter how tough it gets. Besides, from the sounds of it, you have done your research, and know this is really what you want to do no matter what it takes.
As far as Barry goes, don't beleive the hype from people who either are not in the program, or may have a sour taste in their mouth after not continuing the program.