Low GPA and CRNA school...

  1. 0 I'm looking for help and opinions on my situation. I would love to go to CRNA school but my BSN GPA is a 3.1(while in school, I had no plans on attending CRNA school). I've been an ICU nurse for 6 years.

    I think to be considered I'm going to need a strong GRE score, and I'm looking for other avenues to improve my chances. What about taking a couple of Graduate classes? Looking for all and any advance.

    Thanks in advace
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  3. Visit  gators77 profile page

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    Joined Nov '07; Posts: 6.

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  4. Visit  FLTraumaRN profile page
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    I think taking some graduate level classes and doing very well in them will help. Ace the GRE. Consider CCRN and any other certifications you can get. If you are in a slower ICU or one without a high acuity, consider changing if possible. Most schools focus a lot on science type classes for your GPA. Consider some upperlevel chem or physics classes as a refresher, maybe not even at grad level. They will help you in school and raise your GPA. Be able to explain if asked in an interview why your GPA was low.

    Good luck!
  5. Visit  SurfaceToAir profile page
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    I agree with FLTraumaRN. In addition, the director for a local program told me that one of the BEST ways to make yourself a more competitive applicant is to do well in a graduate level science course (ie: pharmacology or advanced pathophysiology). They want to see you can succeed in graduate school.
    ICU, RN, BSN, B.S. likes this.
  6. Visit  iwannabeaCRNA profile page
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    These forums helped me when I applied, so I thought I'd share!

    My GPA wasn't that great either . My undergraduate classes were over 10 years ago, so of course we know how much maturity can sink in over that time! Especially working in critical care! So, in order to redeem myself, I took two graduate level classes, pathophysiology and statistics. Did very well, had a decent GRE, prayed a lot, and got accepted! Your experience and your total commitment is a major part. You have to be dedicated, it isn't easy. You literally give up your life for 28 months! They have to be sure you are willing. Your success in their program reflects their success in teaching you. So don't give up...I am proof that you can get accepted! Also, shadow a CRNA to make sure you want to do this. It also shows your schools that you actually studied what it means to become one, not just dreamed of it! My GPA in undergrad doesn't reflect totally on how I am succeeding in the program. I'm doing very well and that's why I think schools look at the total package versus just GPA. Hope this helps!
  7. Visit  smartmouth profile page
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    How do you find a CRNA to shadow? Do you just call the hospital and ask? I'd really like some feedback on the process
  8. Visit  Icare4all profile page
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    Quote from smartmouth
    How do you find a CRNA to shadow? Do you just call the hospital and ask? I'd really like some feedback on the process
    Hi...
    I asked some people that work in the Or for a CRNA full name then I sent her an email to inquire. She replied and was very delightful to help me. She has been a CRNA for over 25 years. She had me shaddow a new grad so I can talk to her about the program in general. Another person you can approach is the OR nurse manager.
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  9. Visit  smartmouth profile page
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    That's really helpful! Thanks.
  10. Visit  smartmouth profile page
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    Are you already an SRNA at a school? If so, can you give me any advice on what they look for in qualified applicants?
  11. Visit  presrna profile page
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    My overall GPA is terrible
  12. Visit  Manurse715 profile page
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    Quote from SurfaceToAir
    I agree with FLTraumaRN. In addition, the director for a local program told me that one of the BEST ways to make yourself a more competitive applicant is to do well in a graduate level science course (ie: pharmacology or advanced pathophysiology). They want to see you can succeed in graduate school.
    Can you just pick up one class at the GRAD level without committing to a program/degree? Will school let you do that?
  13. Visit  WolfpackRed profile page
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    It is possible to pick up grad level classes w/o being accepted in a program. For example, UNC-Greensboro has post-baccalaureate studies program specific to their nursing program, and IIRC a VISIONS program that can be used for the remainder of the grad school.
  14. Visit  ghillbert profile page
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    Most schools let you take graduate level classes as a "non degree seeking" student without being enrolled in a program.
  15. Visit  pilateschick7 profile page
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    To take grad level courses at another university you inform the school that you want to take courses as "non-degree seeking" "to get your feet wet"
    this is pretty common at the Universities in my city. There are usually a couple spots available in core courses at the grad level such as theory and research, even if the university operates on a Cohort program.
    However, (credit wise) the patho almost never transfers into your CRNA program. theory and research might. Lightening your load is really smart.
    hope this helps


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