Applying to CRNA school 2017/2018

  1. Hey everyone! I know there are countless articles about stats and things required to apply for CRNA school. It seems like the longer I wait to apply, the stats tend to increase. I'm starting to get worried and nervous. I can't say I have the best stats of did absolutely terrific in nursing school. What can I do to increase my chances? Here are my stats:

    University GPA: 3.42
    Nursing GPA: 3.48
    GRE: pending
    CCRN certification
    ACLS
    ACLS instructor
    PALS
    BLS
    CRNA information workshop
    Shadowed CRNA 3x
    Currently enrolled in Graduate Research and Statistics
    2 years MICU at Level 1 Trauma Center

    What else can I do? Is this enough to apply this year? Please help, I really want to get into school . I'm thinking about applying to UAB, UTC, UNCC, and Augusta State, and Arkansas State.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   joclaim
    Future CRNA,
    I am in the same boat. Am studying for my CCRN and GRE and am off to the races. As a matter of fact am thinking of starting applications from Oct...ish for school that does not require GRE.
    In my opinion your stuff looks great. I am on the west coast so I will focus on West Coast schools WA, OR and CALI
  4. by   jj224
    Admission requirements are becoming more lax. Maybe not at the school you are interested in, but there are schools that admit 75-100 people each year that'll take anyone.

    That said, your stuff looks great and you will have no issues getting interviews.
  5. by   ICUman
    Quote from jj224
    Admission requirements are becoming more lax. Maybe not at the school you are interested in, but there are schools that admit 75-100 people each year that'll take anyone.
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    That's disappointing, sounds like NP schools. Which schools are you referring to? Wolford?
  6. by   jj224
    I'm definitely not going to name any names, I'll definitely get roasted by some grads of those programs that'll say how awesome they are.
  7. by   St.BaptistRN
    Just how hard is it to get into CRNA programs? I hear so many different things such as competitiveness, yet I see my coworkers get in as well. I've got 4 years as a CVICU nurse, CCRN-CMC-CSC and CHFN, ALCS, PALS, and a 3.9 BSN GPA, still scared to death about the GRE and needing some O Chem classes though. Shout out to future CRNA, I'm from Arkansas, thought AR state was a pretty good school, definately one of the least expensive programs I heard of.
  8. by   FlorenceNtheMachine
    You should be a shoo in, I think.

    It seems mostly whether or not an individual is okay with parting from a RN salary for 2-3 years and living on student loans. It's not easy for everyone to do or possible depending on life circumstance.
  9. by   AllIcanbe
    Go ahead and apply! No one except the admission committee can say for sure if you will get in or not. What works for others may not work for 'others' ..Also, every application is considered based on the applicant pool for that particular year. Heck, I applied to 1 school and got admitted..Goodluck!
  10. by   joclaim
    BaptistRN
    You looking good there. If you receive a great letter from your manager and decent interview, I doubt there is anything to hold you back.
    Am in NEURO TRAUMA 3 yrs GPA 3.7 and am studying CCRN and GRE to follow and then am applying no more waiting...always on my mind laterly. My concerns; GRE and great letters from Manager due to turn over. Wish all the best guys Please post interview questions when available. See you in CRNA school Y'all
  11. by   NJRN_
    So I applied to the program waiting to see if I'll get called for an interview and get accepted. My GPA is good (Barry alumni), my test scores were okay, my experience is good too. My only concern is financial issues. I am debating if I do get accepted for 2018 should I start the program or should I continue doing travel nursing (currently in California) for another year to save up more money? I don't really have any bills my only burden is my car note which if worse comes to worse my family will help. Which I really don't want to have to rely on. But I have heard grad students say they wish they saved up more money because they ended up screwing their selves over in the long run. What do you guys think?
  12. by   joclaim
    To be honest Financial situation is least of my worry. I plan to eat crackers and noddles for 2yrs. All I can think of is just getting an admission letter - I can take the pain of being broke and live like a Peasant and take loans. Do you have that as an option? You should be able to pay back comfortably.
  13. by   m1lkofamnesia
    I would get school over ASAP. I'm sure you're making a lot as a travel nurse in Cali, but for me, I was making a little under $50k in Florida and wouldn't wait another year...that would be giving up a CRNA salary for a year instead! Financially it made sense to me. I had a bit saved up, and my only debt was my car, which was an affordable one and my payment is only $210/month.

    If you can live like a student...on a budget...you should be fine on loans. You'll be able to pay them back pretty quickly as a CRNA, if you *want* to haha. I'm planning on paying them off within 2 years of graduating.

    Make a budget, make a plan, save save save before you start
  14. by   NJRN_
    Quote from joclaim
    To be honest Financial situation is least of my worry. I plan to eat crackers and noddles for 2yrs. All I can think of is just getting an admission letter - I can take the pain of being broke and live like a Peasant and take loans. Do you have that as an option? You should be able to pay back comfortably.
    Yeah, I have that as option. My only concern is my car note really. Thank you, I really appreciate your feedback

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