What percentage of programs would you say offer an "in state" advantage...

  1. to applicants. Since we live in Indiana where there are NO CRNA programs we will have to move without regard to which program we wish to attend. However, as referenced in a previous post it seems that at least SOME programs give a definitive advantage to those applicants who are already residents in that state. I am trying to get a handle on how pervasive and widespread this policy is practiced. If it does turn out that living in the state of application is a big advantage my top picks are Ohio, Penn., Tx., Fl., and Tenn. All of these states offer AT LEAST five CRNA programs to which one may apply. Does anyone have input into which of these states might be BEST in terms of cost of living verses RN/ICU pay (for my wife who will be supporting me during school).
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  3. by   alansmith52
    WEll I think this scool of thought can only be taken so far. I know that georgia has a self proclaimed deal in their site that says most students in the program were living in GA at the time of application.
    however, I just got back from an interview at penn hosp in philly. I got the feeling that they loved the diversity I would bring.
    and it sounds like a greate program. Remeber a few months ago how we were talking about schools that use their students as staff. I think this is one of them. I don't think its all bad though because the students are getting a lot of experince. they do all of their own blocks. And I mean a lot of Blocks. some programs I am told have such restricted clinica space that there could be two or three students in a room. at this school ther is one per and sometimes when there seniors they might be alone for parts of cases. Philly looks like no treat to live in but i can do anything for two years right?
    matt
  4. by   memphispanda
    Come to Memphis. UT has a CRNA program. There are jobs out the patoot for your wife. Cost of living is high in certain areas, but you can get a decent area then move on up after you finish school. If you live in Shelby county or in a neighboring county you have a lower cost of living. There is no state income tax but there is a nice high sales tax (MS and AR have low ones and are within driving distance). If you need more info PM me.
  5. by   TexasCRNA
    Roland, I can tell you all about FLA. since that is where I am from (Orlando area). The cost of living is not very high and there are jobs out the wazoo for nurses. At one time there was a 10,000 sign on for a hospital in O'town. This was for critical care night shift.

    I know if you apply to Barry they will divide the class up and half stay in Miami and the other go to Orlando for the duration of the program. This is after the first semester. Miami has a higher cost of living vs O'town. I have a close friend in Orlando in Barrys program right now. He said they also supply an apartment for students free of charge so you can be close to the hospital. My friend lives about an hour from Orlando and stays there during the week and goes home on weekends.

    From the grapevine from my friend in Orlando, Beware of the program in Naples, word is they have been working the students too many hours and complaints got back to the AANA and they are under investigation at this time. I know those students at that program have to drive all around for there clinical sites. I know the clinical experience at ORMC is excellent according to my friend. Heaven forbid you get into a program and they lose their accredidation.

    I am pretty sure they have no preference to residents in FLA seeing how just about everyone there is not from FLA.

    If you interview in FLA let me know and I will give you the heads up since I interviewed at both.

    Lee
  6. by   London88
    The school I am attending in PA does not charge a different rate for out of state students. All graduate students pay the same fee for an MSN. I also know of other schools such as Nazareth in Philadelphia that do not charge out of state fees.
  7. by   Doug Cameron
    For Gowkout - off topic (slightly):

    Good to know you are from Florida. What do you think about Gooding in Panama City? Have you heard anything positive/negative? Thanks!
  8. by   TexasCRNA
    Doug, out of all the schools in FLA. this one is the hardest to get in, I have heard they kind-of already know who they are going to accept. High apps and very limited class, about 5 students so the ratio is terrrible along with the fact they kinda know whos getting in.
    I know Barry accepts about 40 students so you will have better odds there and it is a good program. Only draw back is the length
    of program which is why I did not go there, I wanted to get it done in 24 and finish the torture as soon as possible. Lee
  9. by   AL bug
    CAMC does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state. Cost is about $26,000 for 27 month program. MHCA from Marshall University.

    BTW...Charleston is the capitol city and is not as backward as people may think West Virginia is (no offense to WV folks-I'm from AL) They do transplants and everything here...no problem with getting cases as far as I know and great passing rate on cert exam.
  10. by   Brenna's Dad
    Just for general knowledge, Gonzaga in Washington state offers no in-state advantage. Indeed, even if I were attending as an international student, my tuiton would have been the same. $450 a credit hour, which equals about $28000 for the program minus $6000 in stipends= apprx $22000 in tuiton.
  11. by   Roland
    Also, when I say "in state advantage" I am referrng more to admissions than tuition. Although saving money IS a consideration. However, my thinking was that IF the advantage for instate applicants is definitive and substancial at MOST schools then we would be wise to move several YEARS before applying. In addition, it would make the most sense to move to those states which offered the greatest number of in state schools. Ohio, perhaps seems like the best choice since Penn. is also close enough to permit reasonable application at those schools as well.
  12. by   MICU RN
    Roland:
    At LSUHSC nursing anesth. school I don't think you are given special consideration b/c you are a LA state resident, however, LSUHSC medical school only offers admission to LA state residents. Go figure!
  13. by   FritoPie
    Roland,

    If it is a state supported institution most places are reserved for applicants that are state residents, therefore admission is even more than extremely competitive for non-residents. However, it is not impossible to get accepted so do not let that get you down. Tuition will also be much, much more expensive if you are not a resident of the state if the school is a state supported institution. The residency requirement varies from school to school and state to state, but most require that you reside in the state for one year before you are considered a resident of the state. Hope this helps. Now, I have a question for you, you mentioned in your original post that the states you listed offered at least five CRNA programs and as far as I know Texas only has three. Could I somehow be missing a couple on my list? Can you please tell me where you have gotten your information?

    Thanks,
    Linda
  14. by   Roland
    I was wrong there are only four in Texas. These are the programs I am aware of there:

    1. US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing in San Antonio

    2. Baylor College of Medicine

    3. Texas Wesleyan University

    4. University of Texas- Houston Health Science Center.

    I think the fact that Houston has two schools caused me to "jump" to an incorrect conclusion. Furthermore, I'm not sure if we can really even say there are four given that the first is likely restricted to Army personnel.

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