CRNA Someday????

  1. Hey guys and gals,

    First let me say thank you for having this site as a great resource for future CRNAs. I have been reading this forum regarding the GPA and GRE scores of SRNA's and CRNA's and I am very disturbed that my GPA won't live up to ya'lls when applying for CRNA school. Like many BSN students, my undergraduate GPA is: 3.68; my Nursing GPA is only a 3.4!!!!!!! My main question is what gradings scale was your nursing school on when you were an Undergrad?? I'm at USM and they have 93-100 A, 92-85 B, 84-77 C. Furthermore, we do not have separate clinical grades so the grades we get in Lecture are the grades we get in clinical. And clinical is a 3 hour credit and lecture is a separate 3 hour credit!!!!!
    The reason why I'm bringing this up is because South Alabama has a 10 point grading scale (100 -90 A) and separate grades for clinical which brings GPA's up quite substantial, IMO. Basically, USM's grading scale is near impossible to make above a 3.6 (only two students made above that last semester out of 30!) so will this hurt my chances of being a CRNA????

    Finally, whats really funny is that my final grades are usually a 90 or 91 (which we be an A at South Alabama!) but I get two B's for the price of one! And of course transcripts are letters (like A or B) and not numbers (like 92 B)!!!! Please give me advice on what to do or what to expect when applying for CRNA school!

    Thanks Ya'll!
    A desperate boy from South Mississippi
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   heidnurse
    Hey, my gpa is 3.2, GRE of 970, have one year experience in an intense ICU and was granted an interview at LSU, I have not been accepyed but am on an alternate list, so there is hope! I think the interview has and the hospital you are in has sOOOO much to do with it!
  4. by   srna2008
    I have a couple of friends that got in with about a 3.0 and pretty low GRE scores. Both of them rocked the interview. My nursing school GPA is 3.3 and my BS in biology is 3.5. I will take the GRE this summer and then start studying for CCRN and apply to a few schools this first year to see what happens. You probably shouldn't get too hung up on your GPA. CRNA School seems to look at the whole person much more that RN school, all they cared about was your GPA. Good luck
  5. by   bucknangler
    Thanks for ya'lls info. I'm pretty sure I can whoop the GRE and get a great score. I'm taking a GRE study course this summer with a private instructor so hopefully this will help.
    Yeah, I know one CRNA who got in with a very low GRE and the school put him on probation for two semesters. The reason why he got in the CRNA program is because he rocked the interview worked at an ICU in a major city at a great hospital.
  6. by   gasmaster
    I applied to Texas Wesleyan this year & didn't get accepted. My GPA was high, my experiences was excellent (according to them), my interview was really great (according to them), but my GRE s*&#@d (according to them). I decided to apply at the last minute, with only one week till the deadline and hadn't taken my GRE yet. So I registered for the GRE on a Monday & took it that same Friday. I scored 770. Anyway, Wesleyan was really kind and told me that my GRE score REALLY pulled down my overall score for entrance. They advised me to retake my GRE score & try to get above 1000 (the average they prefer) and then I probably would have no problem getting in next year. So, that's what I"m studying for. My sis, a college prof., told me to get the "GRE for Dummies." She said it REALLY is good for increasing your score. I'm going out to buy mine today.......
  7. by   bucknangler
    Good luck Neurogeek. I hope you get it. It seems that you will, yeah a 770 is a low GRE score so as long as you can fix that by a few hundred points you will get it. I have a buddy who didn't get into LSU veterinary school with an 820 GRE and an above average GPA. They told him, if he can pull his GRE up by a few hundred points, he will be a "shoe-in".
  8. by   arabianeyez83
    Hello,
    I was wondering if any of you had to write an admissions essay for CRNA school. If you guys had to, maybe someone can send me a copy so I can have an example to look at. Let me know, thanks
  9. by   Brad_RN_Student_PA
    Quote from bucknangler
    Hey guys and gals,

    First let me say thank you for having this site as a great resource for future CRNAs. I have been reading this forum regarding the GPA and GRE scores of SRNA's and CRNA's and I am very disturbed that my GPA won't live up to ya'lls when applying for CRNA school. Like many BSN students, my undergraduate GPA is: 3.68; my Nursing GPA is only a 3.4!!!!!!! My main question is what gradings scale was your nursing school on when you were an Undergrad?? I'm at USM and they have 93-100 A, 92-85 B, 84-77 C. Furthermore, we do not have separate clinical grades so the grades we get in Lecture are the grades we get in clinical. And clinical is a 3 hour credit and lecture is a separate 3 hour credit!!!!!
    The reason why I'm bringing this up is because South Alabama has a 10 point grading scale (100 -90 A) and separate grades for clinical which brings GPA's up quite substantial, IMO. Basically, USM's grading scale is near impossible to make above a 3.6 (only two students made above that last semester out of 30!) so will this hurt my chances of being a CRNA????

    Finally, whats really funny is that my final grades are usually a 90 or 91 (which we be an A at South Alabama!) but I get two B's for the price of one! And of course transcripts are letters (like A or B) and not numbers (like 92 B)!!!! Please give me advice on what to do or what to expect when applying for CRNA school!

    Thanks Ya'll!
    A desperate boy from South Mississippi
    Man, I'm SO with ya! I agree with someone who stated that there needs to be a standardized grading scale across the nation. It's just like nursing to be like this though...no fregin autonomy, no unity. I venture to state that almost all of nursing's problems would be solved with more UNITY and AUTONOMY, similar to physical therapists and other medical professions. Nursing needs a major major revamping, and needs to be federally regulated (to a point) and not mandated by states, budgets, and individual hospitals or schools. Nursing is no longer the Florence Nightingale lamp lit by a flame of hope. Nursing is real life, real people, real money, and equally men and women. Caring, yes, is a major factor. But the standards for the nurse practice act in most states are so out of fregin date that, well...we are not taken seriously. I went through more strain, mentally AND physically in an ADN program than most BS programs do, but still get limited autonomy, mandation to work, working weekends, holidays, no time with family...It's BS. There needs to be an even medium, across the nation. This equals safer health care, happier (and better paid) nurses, and insurance costs would go down because fregin law suits would be minimized. And to think...it all stems from that unfair grading scale!!!! haha I KNOW there are going to be people opposed to my statements, but ...it's worth it to vent.
  10. by   bucknangler
    I'm with you. Guess what the highest grade in Adult Health II was this semester? 89.1 B! That is out of a 29 person class! And remember, an A in that class is above a 93! Our teachers don't round either, my friend got a 76.7 "D" which is 3/10's of a point from passing, and the teacher won't round up! Talk about every point counts! Not to mention every test is approximately 150 pages long with every test being 50 questions, so to get an A we have to not miss more than 3 questions per test or not miss more than 15 questions per 250 questions throughout the semester! That is near impossible!

    Oh and something else, I feel our schools are too standardized. We go to school and buy evolve/elsevier textbooks, we go to class and follow an evolve/elsevier power point slides, we go to take our test and they are made and written by evolve/elsevier! When we take th HESI, you guest it, evolve/elsevier owns that test. And if you fail the HESI and have to remediate, that's right! You have to remediate throught the evolve/elsevier!!!!
    Basically, I feel the nursing school "professor" is loosing its autonomy. An average class now is us listening to our teachers read the Evolve/Elsevier ppt slides and us writing down the side notes. I find that is far from learning. Our teacher's rarely share their experiences and though Evolve/Elsevier makes teaching easier for the professors, its bringing us down to a level of standardized learning, that I find, is not serving the students fairely. I just wish nursing school classes were run like the rest of the college classes I took!

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