this is more of a personal pre-CRNA interest CRNA more to explain my background and ask .. whats next?
Right now I am a 20 year old student , and this June I will be graduating with a B.S. In Biochemistry/Cell Biology at UCSD with approximately a 3.0 (UC gpa), 3.4 Major GPA, and a transfer GPA from an LACC of 3.7 . Keep in mind that UCSD Is a very very competitive school, especially as a Biochemistry major. I had originally intended on going to medical school, but for a number of reasons I am starting to have doubts. Over the past few months I have been researching different options, I have always seen myself in a medical/clinical position in the future but to be honest I don't think med-school is for me. I have found that everyone at my University wants to go to med school, but for the wrong reasons, and slowly I find myself being influenced by them as well. In order to stop myself, I have thought long and hard about what I want in the future. I have had a number of surgeries and Nurses are the people that stuck with me. That being said, after much research and talking to anesthesiologists and medical school, I have come to the conclusion that CRNA school may be the better option for me, and I am still young since I finish my degree almost two years before people in the same age group.
I have taken gen chem, ochem, chem lab, biochem, biochem lab, some ( but not all ) ochem lab, mamm physiology, calculus( engineering series - and differential equations), physics lab, Biochemical Nutrition, cell bio, mol bio and really the only thing im missing is anatomy because UCSD doesnt offer it ( strange, I know). will begin lab research on Alzheimers next quarter, along with 4 upper division science course and a part time job. I am used to having a large workload. That being said, Since I do so much, and have taken a years off of my undergraduate degree time, my GPA isn't on par with other biochem majors at my school that do the same amount of classes in 4/5 years rather than 3.
Now, reaching the end of my graduate studies, Im researching whats next for me. Medicine is still my path, just medical school isn't. Whats next in terms of getting into a good CRNA school? can I do so with a Biochemistry degree rather than a BSN ? do I have to take a BSN accelerated program ?
Tests: what kind of tests do I need to take / prepare for in the next year? What can I do to become a better candidate. Im really interested in the Biochemical research im doing, will it benefit me to have this behind me when applying to CRNA school? can I go to CRNA school directly from an undergraduate program? Are there any classes I should take first ?
My question pretty much is where do I go from here? Im thinking about contacting a CRNA at VA medical center but I dont know if they will have the time of day for me.