Barry University CRNA interview

  1. 0 I have an interview with Barry University in Florida on May 11, 2009 for their CRNA program and I am extremely nervous and I really do not know what to expect. Has anyone gone through the interview process? What types of questions do they ask? What type of content is on the test that they administer? Roughly how soon after the interview do you find out if you are accepted? Anyone's input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    LadyCham9 has '2' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CVICU'. From 'Ft. Lauderdale, FL'; 30 Years Old; Joined May '09; Posts: 1.

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  4. Visit  icyounurse profile page
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    I was accepted there and started their program last year. I dropped quickly however since I realized CRNA school was not what I wanted to do-so I dont know much about the program beyond the first month. But I can tell you that the interview consisted of watching a presentation about CRNA's, speaking with a financial aid person about the massive massive loans required for the program, taking a 25 question or so test on critical care nursing type stuff and then an individual interview with a panel of program directors/instructors. There were 3 that interviewed me. They ask questions like have you shadowed-what did you think? Are you prepared for the financial and personal struggles to go through school, tell us about your experience, ect. They called me a week later and told me on the phone that they were offering me a spot.

    Good Luck!!
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    Congratulations and Good Luck!
  6. Visit  Nancy C. profile page
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    Quote from LadyCham9
    I have an interview with Barry University in Florida on May 11, 2009 for their CRNA program and I am extremely nervous and I really do not know what to expect. Has anyone gone through the interview process? What types of questions do they ask? What type of content is on the test that they administer? Roughly how soon after the interview do you find out if you are accepted? Anyone's input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    Hi, how is going today? I got a call from Barry today that I will have an interview in July 13. So, we may be in the same class next year. Is the interview very stressful? THANKS< Nancy
  7. Visit  Mishty4u profile page
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    May I ask you, how was your gpa when you applied for the program, and what kind of things do you believe helps you get in. My gpa right now is a 3.2, is that good enough?
  8. Visit  Nancy C. profile page
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    Hi, I hope I can give you an idea... After almost a year communicating with the admission officer in Barry, I am told that they would evaluate the "whole picture" instead of solely GPA. They will look into Science GPA and Nursing (or other degree) GPA, critical care experiences, chemistry subject (one semester of organic chem or biochem. as their pre-requesite), CCRN (highly recommended), GRE 1000 cut-off line.

    To become more competitive, I suggest to get as much as you can. In my case, I have CCRN + CEN, 2 years of chemistry (total 18 credits unit, GPA 3.7), 6 years experience in ICU, BSN from Australia + US (GPA 3.6) - Hope this helps. Nancy
  9. Visit  schmandy12 profile page
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    Hello all! I have an interview on August 3rd at Barry!! Anyone else going?? What kind of questions will be on the test? Drips? Math? Vent wean? ABGs? Sedation? Cellular level stuff? (eek) So the interview is mainly personal/job related and NOT asking questions about stuff that's on the test?? Please help me!
  10. Visit  Nancy C. profile page
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    Great to hear this good news!!! As you notice in the previous thread, I will be going to interview in July 13. I try to beat my nervousness by reviewing my CCRN Q/A, review my organic chem. etc. But definitely I will post my experiences here (or if you wish, I can email you) after that day. Congrat again for the upcoming interview.
  11. Visit  schmandy12 profile page
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    Thanks!! That'd be great for the heads-up!! I was just going over some of the ccrn q/a that I found online (I don't have my CCRN since I've only been in the ICU for a little over a year). I'm really hoping they don't focus on a lot of the miniscule facts and hope it's more patient related care moves...I'm currently enrolled in a o-chem/biochem class this summer at a community college, so hopefully, I'll get some review from that as well!

    Thanks for responding!!

    Anyone else out there know if they focus a lot on chemistry for the interview exam??
  12. Visit  UNCC49er profile page
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    Hi everyone. I wanted to give you the best picture of what the interview process at Barry University is like, since I recently found myself in your shoes. I interviewed at Barry University in April 2009. I found out three days later by e-mail that I was accepted. I went to the interview as an early acceptance interview candidate.

    You will all meet and discuss the program for about 30-45 minutes. A financial aid counselor will then come and speak with you about loans for about 1 hour. After this, a brief 25 question test is administered.

    Test:
    1. clinical questions (very basic)
    2. chemistry questions (comprised most of the test with about 15-20 questions).
    --There is no way to really prepare for this test. Do not spend too much time worrying about it. I remember getting a 12/20, and I was accepted! It is more a test to see where you are at...

    INTERVIEW:
    1. Why do you want to be a CRNA
    2. Tell us about your experiences, what types of patients do you work with.
    3. Why Florida/why Barry
    4. Financial concerns
    5. Support systems (how will you manage, do you have friends or family in the area? Do not worry if not because support system will be your fellow classmates)

    These were all very basic questions. No clinical questions asked at all during the interview. The interview itself took about 5-10 minutes with two individuals.

    My Statistics:
    1. BSN GPA: 3.76
    2. Graduate GPA: 4.0 (I took three core masters courses at UNC Charlotte, Biostatistics, Nursing Theory, and Health Policy).
    3. Critical Care Experience/Nursing Experience (10 months ICU in a Level I Trauma Hospital, 29 bed Medical ICU.

    I hope this helps! Remember, relax. Do not stress out or over-study! You don't need to!!!
  13. Visit  schmandy12 profile page
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    Thanks UNCC49er!! Really appreciate it! Are you gonna go to Barry in Jan? or are you applying elsewhere? When you say "basic clinical questions"....do you mean intrepreting pa waveforms or dopamine gtts or septic vs cardiogenic shock?

    You're response helped me prepare me for this interview! I'm so glad they talk about financial aid, fo sho!

    Congrats on the acceptance!! :bowingpur
  14. Visit  UNCC49er profile page
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    By basic questions I mean:

    --Cardiac Output is... (4-6 L/min.)



    There were a few questions about drugs...I cannot remember specifics, but they were drugs any ICU nurse should know...nothing specific about receptors or anything, more about what the drugs are used for...I think atropine maybe or epinephrine were on there. There were a few questions with patient scenario's if I recall correctly, but I am unsure of specifics.

    The chemistry portion of the test was by far the hardest. Again, this is a test to see how much you recall from your previous courses. It is a guide to see what you need to focus on. There is really no way to study for this portion.

    Questions included:
    --what is the universal solvent
    --how many hydrocarbons in a specific molecule
    --what is the name of the following component (and they give you some weird compound CH3-CH2-COOH) (this was not the actual example...I don't even know if there is even a compound!)

    In other words, relax, you will do fine. Try not to stress out. I know this is hard, but you have made it to the interview.

    The test is multiple guess! a, b, c, or d!
  15. Visit  schmandy12 profile page
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    Ok...so very basic! Got it...I know nurses have a habit of reading into questions (which is what I was afraid that I'd do), so that's why I was wondering HOW basic, but cardiac output is pretty straight forward, huh?!? I'm signed up for chem starting next week (interview is aug 3rd) so maybe I can get a couple of those right!

    I really appreciate your help!!! I'll keep you updated on how it goes!


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