How can I be a better applicant for anesthesia school?

  1. Hello,

    I have been working as a NICU RN for 6 months now. My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA and I want to do everything possible to become a good candidate for this prestigious specialty. I know there are not many anesthesia schools that accept NICU experience, that is why I will start picking up a shift in adult ICU starting in October and eventually switch to full-time ICU while still working prn NICU. I plan on working for about 3 years before applying to any anesthesia program. My BSN gpa was not great though, core was 3.3 and nursing gpa was 3.7. While at school, I worked as a research assistant for 4 years for the school of nursing. I am also a Mexican citizen working in the US on a work visa. I plan on taking some grad level courses in chemistry and anatomy/physiology and shadowing several CRNAs within the coming years. I am wondering if being 100% bilingual, and the previous details that I talked about previously will help me to become a "decent" applicant. What else can I do? Thank you in advance for your time.
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  3. by   kuhRN
    Don't forget about getting your CCRN. Also, take a graduate level stats course, admission committees like that. And get involved with a research project if you can.