I finished my first year of undergrad this year. I have been preparing for premed, but discovered the crna profession this fall and have been reading up on it ever since. The job is very interesting to me and is very appealing from everything that I have found out so far.
There are some specific topics that I have been having trouble finding exact information on, and I was hoping to get these questions addressed. I know some of these things vary by school, but I'm just looking for some extra opinions...
First, I have have read that a statistics and organic chemistry courses are often required for crna programs. My school offers multiple versions of these classes, and I wanted to know if one type of class is preferred over another. For statistics, I could take either intro to statistics or applied statistics for the life sciences, and for organic chemistry there is the 2 semester version mostly for premed/vet students or a one semester ochem course. Also, for schools requiring ochem, is the lab also required?
Second, is it difficult to get into an ICU immediately after graduating undergrad and getting an RN? I was considering volunteering getting a position as a CNA in an ICU to make myself a better applicant and get some experience in the ICU environment (already have 2.5 years cna experience). I know many people have gotten ICU positions after graduation and were accepted to school with 1 year experience, and I was hoping to get some advice on how to get into an ICU right away. Getting into CRNA school after one year sounds great, but I know I may change my mind and get more experience first.
Third and last-just trying to get an idea about odds of getting into crna school with 3.8-3.9 undergrad gpa at a top 20 ranked undergrad nursing program and 1 year ICU experience. (mostly wondering about needing to get more experience)
I know some of these may be hard to answer, but any help from those of you with experience and knowledge on this would be amazing!!