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    The COA extended to let the current students graduate. That is all. The current students only. All others need to look elsewhere. They expressly did not change their mind overall.

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    Did you mean to post this in this forum? Asking SRNAs this question doesn't make a lot of sense.

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    I would also like to add, that the since Wolford is not regionally accredited with SACS, only with the COA, that current students hoping to transfer to another program will not be able to do so. The student might be accepted to a program, but they will not be allowed to transfer any of their credits earned, as they were not earned at a regionally accredited school. The other schools CANNOT accept Wolford credits, without placing their own accreditation at risk. Students still applying to this program, just need to have all the information so they can make their own informed decision.

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    The question you need to be asking yourself, is not can you get accepted to a program. The question you need to be asking is if you can graduate from a program. Before you quit a job, take out loans, move across the country, etc, some honest and objective self-reflection in in order.

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    caliotter3 likes this.

    Very likely, it will have some negative effects on which school will consider you as a viable candidate. A GPA that low, going into a very rigorous and science based program, will not be easy to overlook. I would even want you to bring yout nursing GPA above the 3.7 you state(3.7 would be fine, if not for your earlier academic record).

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    Go to a school that is not attached to a school of medicine and a large university hospital. In general, avoid the Northeast, and in general, look towards the west coast. Of course there will be some exceptions, but big name Universities are not out there to make their name or reputation on CRNA students.

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    PresG33 and ICUman like this.

    Any ICU that gets a wide variety of cases. All the systems. Generally, this would be a Surgical/Trauma ICU. Nothing wrong with hearts and CVICU, but most of anesthesia does not look like that. It is far, far different.

    As far as which type of hospital, there is no right answer. The big teaching hospital certainly gets the acuity, but most nurses miss out on the thinking part of the game. There are attendings and residents there, doing most everything. The smaller hospital has less acuity, but the nurses at the bedside get to do far, far more management of the patient. The both have their advantages.

    Lastly, ECMO is completely worthless, from an anesthesia point of view. It is neat, and dramatic, and tense, and there is very little learned or carried over into anesthesia practice. Please, I urge you to NOT make your decision based on whether or not you get to do ECMO.

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    I am not sure exactly what you are asking. AANA membership and CRNA Recertification are separate, and are two different entities. One of the benefits of membership in the AANA however, it that they keep track of your CEUs and transfer them over to the NBCRNA database for you. It is a huge benefit. If you are not a member, you pay a huge fee to the NBCRNA to account for your CEUs. And it is a huge hassle. That alone, as well as the % of your membership fees that get sent to your state organization, make AANA membership worth it.

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    ICUman, rhinoroc, and rn1021 like this.

    You may get into a program, as there are a lot of them, and some of them are puppy mills. But the more important question is, "will I be able to graduate?" Only you will know for sure, but, anesthesia school is exponentially more difficult than your BSN. If you are able to objectively self assess why you did poorly in past classes, and why you will be better in much more difficult classes, than you will have your answer. But, for myself, before I quit my job, moved, spent 20-50K for the first year, etc, I would want to be damn sure I had a chance a success.

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    Quote from mi_top_rn
    I heard the fall 2018 class has been canceled. Is that true?
    Quite likely, yes. The school continues to be unable to obtain regional accreditation for their academics. They have received several extensions for the deadline by the COA, but it appears that time, and patience, have finally ran out. I am sure there will be much more to follow.

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    mt9891, ICUman, and CCRN21 like this.

    Do nothing directly for school. Relax, chill, take a vacation, visit some friends or family, get your life in order. Get things squared away. Try to take care of all the little things in your life that will get in the way once school starts.

    And read "Watchful Care"

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    Taking on too much and doing poorly, will hurt you far more than talking on too much and doing well will help you. One step at a time!!!

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    This isn't shocking news, this is good news. One of the best and most affordable programs in the country is transitioning to the DNP. Still the cheapest route on can take to get a DNP and become a CRNA. Still amazing teachers who are leaders in the profession, one of whom sits on the COA, one of whom sits on the NBCRNA, and one of whom is the principal author of the only all CRNA textbook. This will only make the program that much more competitive, and that much more desirable.

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    Well, school does not get easier when you start CRNA school, and it is science intensive. Ask yourself, honestly, why you did not do well in some classes, and decide if that can be improved. Maybe you got sick, had a child, had to move, had money problems,etc, if not, maybe you should look elsewhere. I don't undertand quitting your current job, paying tens of thousands of dollars, maybe moving, all just to drop out after one semester. You have to be honest and objective with yourself. Certainly, take a graduate level statistics course, or chemistry course, or physiology course, and let that be your guide.

    I also would urge you NOT to apply to the big, giant, puppy mill programs. Of course they may accept you. They have a few hundred initial spots, so what do they have to lose? Apply to a smaller, leaner school, where, if you get accepted, you can be certain they feel that you will have what it takes to make it. Again, starting school is a major, life changing event. Just because you want it really badly does not mean you will succeed. Do away with some of the guess work.

    Good luck.

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    wtbcrna, ICUman, and m1lkofamnesia like this.

    The practice is dogma from days long ago. It is no longer required as it once was. Some people still probably insist on you doing it in school, and that is fine, but it just does not matter. Not even a little bit. Pretreat or not, same K+ shifts, same increase in IOP, same increase in abdominal pressure, same myalgias. It really just makes the patient look better at induction, but there is a literal ton of literature out there that says they will still have just as much myalgias. Like cricoid pressure, it is going to take several generations for this dogma to die.