Do I have crna potential?

  1. Hi everyone,
    My name is chris and I want to be a CRNA. Currently I am finishing up my AS in pre-nursing at a community college, as it sites right now my gpa is 3.3 I still have 7 classes to finish and I am planning on getting A's from here on out to boost my gpa. I then plan on attending a university near me to complete my BSN in Nursing. My question is do you guys/gals think having a 3.3 gpa right now will affect my chances of getting into a crna program? The reason my gpa is not higher is because I have been working full-time running a business and trying to manage school. I put the business aside now and want to pursue what I really wanna do in life. My plan is to get straight A's in these next seven classes of my associates; then work hard and do well in the BSN program. Sorry to ramble on I am just looking for some good advice you could say.
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  3. by   mzstacia
    Napier, I am not a CRNA nurse yet...I'm actually still a pre-nurse student, like you. So I can't tell you weather or not your gpa now, is high enough to still pursue and God be willing, become accepted into the program. But I do want to encourage you. First, I want to congratulate you on wearing so many Hats!! I also want to say that it's great that you are now ready to buggle down on what you Really want to do. Just continue to do your best, study hard, and stay focused. Remember that if this is what you really want, NO One can take your spot or Turn you away. Because I am a very strong believer that what God has for You is For YOU, Baby!!!

    I wish you the best in all of your endeavors. I want to become a CRNA nurse within the near future too. Stay Encouraged!!
  4. by   Napier
    Thank you mzstacia, I Know it will be a long hard road ,but it will pay off eventually. Thank you for the encouragement and good luck to you as well.
  5. by   dfk
    Quote from mzstacia
    Napier, I am not a CRNA nurse yet...I'm actually still a pre-nurse student, like you. So I can't tell you weather or not your gpa now, is high enough to still pursue and God be willing, become accepted into the program. But I do want to encourage you. First, I want to congratulate you on wearing so many Hats!! I also want to say that it's great that you are now ready to buggle down on what you Really want to do. Just continue to do your best, study hard, and stay focused. Remember that if this is what you really want, NO One can take your spot or Turn you away. Because I am a very strong believer that what God has for You is For YOU, Baby!!!

    I wish you the best in all of your endeavors. I want to become a CRNA nurse within the near future too. Stay Encouraged!!
    before you go on, you might want to do some investigation into the profession.. first tip, a CRNA IS a nurse.. as in certified registered NURSE anesthetist... no need for the added "nurse"... good luck~
  6. by   Napier
    haha, dfk are you a crna? Just curious do they look mainly at your bsn gpa or your overall gen ed and bsn gpa? I have also setup an appointment to shadow a crna at the hospital were I currently work.
  7. by   mzstacia
    DFK, What's with your sarcasm? Yes, I have already studied the profession and know what CRNA stands for. However, habits die hard, and I feel like adding "nurse" after the specialty. I just find it insulting that you can critique something as small as that, and not even respond to the thread starters initial question. I would hope you are not that small- minded.
  8. by   dfk
    Quote from Napier
    haha, dfk are you a crna? Just curious do they look mainly at your bsn gpa or your overall gen ed and bsn gpa? I have also setup an appointment to shadow a crna at the hospital were I currently work.
    hey napier.. currently SRNA - as for grades, they look at overall gpa (most require 3.0 to get in), but weigh "heavily" on the sciences.. with that being said, it is not the 'be all end all' requisite. since this program is heavily science based, you need to kick butt in bsn and be ready to kick butt in grad program (B is good enough most places)... as for your shadowing, it's a great idea. the more the better. it will give you a better idea/picture into what the job actually entails. and i can assure you (generally speaking) that if you have "worked" with one before, meaning that a CRNA has been to your unit before to do pre/post checks, and have never made it to the OR, that the actual job and what is perceived is quite different... get a good taste before a great deal of time and money is invested. and that is just getting INTO a program. then the fun really starts. but it's worth it. i keep telling myself that as i sit down and enjoy a good chapter on lung mechanics... good luck~
  9. by   dfk
    Quote from mzstacia
    DFK, What's with your sarcasm? Yes, I have already studied the profession and know what CRNA stands for. However, habits die hard, and I feel like adding "nurse" after the specialty. I just find it insulting that you can critique something as small as that, and not even respond to the thread starters initial question. I would hope you are not that small- minded.


    listen, just merely looking out for the newbies as well as those in the field.. many people will get offended at the littlest things, and notwithstanding, it is "respectful" to understand and address correctly each and every profession and what it stands for. i was being sarcastic, but others may/may not take it so lightly. it is a long and hard road to get to level of a CRNA, and a certain level of respect goes with that. it may sound picky, but listen and read around, i'm sure i'm not the only one... good luck in the future~
  10. by   mzstacia
    DFK, thank you for enlightening me on how respected this specialty is, as with any other specialty. I know I'm sounding sarcastic. But I really do mean it. I have a very deep passion to become a CRNA one day. So I am open to constructive criticism and advice. I just feel like if you were really trying to teach me something, as opposed to just putting me on "blast," you would've had a little more tact in how you came to me. Something like emailing me privately, would have been more appreciated.

    However the case may be, I wish you the best, too.
  11. by   CRNABH2b
    So, just to give you a heads up on your original question. I am currently enrolled in a CRNA program. I new I wanted to be one out of highschool. I myself was an honor student in highschool but went through some personal hard times when I started college. I had many bad grades on my transcript: F's, D's. I won't get into specifics but I realized that I needed to focus on my future. I graduated from nursing school with a BSN GPA of 3.27. I had 90% A's in my last five semesters. The committee obviously saw these grades. I applied to 3 program's. In only 1 interview did they ask about those grades and I was very honest in what had happened and that I was dedicated to becoming a true asset to the profession. I got in to 2 of the three programs and am the president of the class. Don't let a 3.3 GPA deter your goals. You sound like a hard worker. Try to focus more on your studies because getting in keeps getting harder and harder as time goes on. I had the privilege of being on the interview committee this year. I would also advise getting a really good score on the GRE. My score was very high. Also, the interview is key. They really do look at what kind of impression you will leave.

    Good Luck!

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