CCRN Question

  1. My undergrad gpa is not the best. I plan on taking core courses that are pre-reqs for the program prior to applying to "prove" that I want to take this seriously.

    How much do admissions boards look at certifications? Should I try to get my CCRN as another feather in my cap prior to application? I know every little bit helps, but if I have ACLS, PALS, TNCC and FCCS, will CCRN make that much of an impression?

    Sage wisdom encouraged!
    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   shandsburnRN-CRNA
    Every little bit helps and I believe some schools require it.
  4. by   japaho41
    Anything that you have that may set you apart helps. So you would want to get your CCRN to add to everything else you have.

    When you are talking about certs it is a given that everyone will have PALS & ACLS.

    What is FCCS?
  5. by   pinkers
    [quote=OpenheartAmy;2446399]My undergrad gpa is not the best. I plan on taking core courses that are pre-reqs for the program prior to applying to "prove" that I want to take this seriously.

    How much do admissions boards look at certifications? Should I try to get my CCRN as another feather in my cap prior to application? I know every little bit helps, but if I have ACLS, PALS, TNCC and FCCS, will CCRN make that much of an impression?

    Sage wisdom encouraged!
    Thanks in advance![/quot
    could you please tell these credentials TNCC,FCCS.
    Regarding CCRN I think you must take it .not only it will help you get admission in the program, also would help you prepare for the interviews that ask you questions all the way down to cellular level about drugs and swan etc.bible for CCRN is LAURA GASPARIS VONFROLIO.study for 3 wks and you have it in your pocket .NO DOUBTS. its peace of cake.
  6. by   piper_for_hire
    I would forget the CCRN unless your school specifically requires it. The more impressive route to take is to start taking some of your MSN classes now. Pulling a few As in graduate classes will pull way more weight when it comes to demonstrating that your GPA problems are in your past.

    -S
  7. by   naturalgas
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    I would forget the CCRN unless your school specifically requires it. The more impressive route to take is to start taking some of your MSN classes now.

    -S
    I tend to disagree, when I told my interviewers that I was CCRN certified they all chimed in together "and your CCRN certified as well!" It was a great moment in the interview. Go for it!
  8. by   COtraumarn
    I have to agree w/ the majority of people on here- get your CCRN. Schools look very favorable on it and although I don't know of any programs that require it- some do say "recommended". If you can take a couple of courses- patho, a science course and get an "A". Getting a good grade to show that you can handle graduate course work also goes a long way. It may help boost your GPA
    Good luck
  9. by   EricJRN
    Quote from japaho41
    What is FCCS?
    Fundamental Critical Care Support. Here's a link:

    http://sccm.org/education/fccs_courses/index.asp

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