How do I get into CRNA School?? Help!!

  1. I've been looking around the forum and found a bunch of great information as to what I should be doing in general to get an application ready for CRNA school. I'm just about to graduate with my BSN from a state university and want to know if anyone could give me some advice on what I should be focusing on more for my application. Here's some info about me:

    - I graudate from an accelerated program (GPA 3.43) this May.
    - GRE 1240
    - Previous Bachellor's degree in Microbiology and Cell Science (2007)
    - Previously worked in clinical research for 3 years between degrees and was involved with 3 publications
    - Shadowed CRNAs while working between degrees
    - I already took a lot of the undergraduate pre-reqs that some schools recommend: organic chem, biochem, inorganic chem, stats (I used to be pre-med) for my fist degree (2005-ish). Does anyone know if it would be a good idea to re-take them, how strict are CRNA schools about the time-frame for accepting the classes?
    - I am already looking for a job in an ICU, hopefully in a Level-1 trauma center.
    - How important is it for me to get the CCRN before applying?

    I just feel a little lost as to what I should be doing after I graduate, aside from working, of course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. by   missnurse01
    yes I would do your ccrn...learn learn learn at work-there is a ton of critical care stuff you dig deep on.

    Most schools list on their prereq page as to whether they have a age requirement for their sciences, I had to knock off some schools for that reason.

    Looks like you are on track! Yes get great experience and you will look good to adcom.

    good luck!
  4. by   shanetta82
    From what I have researched, it is important to have at least 1 year in ICU experience, however it would depend on the school that you want to attend for CRNA. That is a great field. I am motivated to go that way also as soon as I get into Nursing School. Go for it. CRNA is where it is at
  5. by   stunt362
    Definitely get your CCRN. While most schools list this as recommended, it is better to think of it as required.