Retaking Classes to meet requirements

  1. Have any of you repeated classes to get a better letter grade to increase your chance of getting into CRNA school?

    Have any of you not repeated and gotten into schools with a B grade requirement in sciences, but was able to get in with C grades.

    My problem is that when I took my classes I didn't know there was much beyond an RN whether ADN or BSN. Now I really really want to be a CRNA and the CRNA's and anesthesiologist I have worked with say I should go for it. What do you all think? For me it means another year of retaking classes I already have and can get into a NP program right away. So, I can be one year closer to a NP degree or one year closer to "maybe" getting into CRNA school.
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  3. by   dfk
    Quote from Floridanurse
    Have any of you repeated classes to get a better letter grade to increase your chance of getting into CRNA school?

    Have any of you not repeated and gotten into schools with a B grade requirement in sciences, but was able to get in with C grades.

    My problem is that when I took my classes I didn't know there was much beyond an RN whether ADN or BSN. Now I really really want to be a CRNA and the CRNA's and anesthesiologist I have worked with say I should go for it. What do you all think? For me it means another year of retaking classes I already have and can get into a NP program right away. So, I can be one year closer to a NP degree or one year closer to "maybe" getting into CRNA school.
    the answer to your first two are definitely YES.. and to your third... the reiteration is still a YES.. all in all, do whatever to get in.. some sacrifice some, some sacrifice more.. i, myself, am on the 'more' side, so it can be done... if u think u need to do "better", then do so... in the end, it's u that is applying and interviewing, RIGHT????
  4. by   tonetone77
    What is your GPA? I know multiple students in my program that do NOT have the highest GRE or GPA. AND 5 students only have an associates degrees.
  5. by   mitch8lem
    What program are you attending. They must have Bachelors degrees in some other field. Right?
  6. by   tonetone77
    No, everybody doesn't have a bachelor's. Florida International University in Miami.
  7. by   dfk
    according to what i've read, FIU Miami will consider early admission under special circumstances, stating "In limited circumstances, certain exceptionally well qualified applicants may be offered an early admissions decision" - what that means, i'm not sure, but i wouldn't count on that for applying, as i'm sure the number is quite small.. they go on to say that a bachelor's degree IS necessary to apply, just that an RN with other discipline can apply for MSN bridge program..
  8. by   tonetone77
    I am IN the FIU program. The website is not updated. The pamphlet, available at the university states that you DON'T need a bachelor's. I went through the admissions process TWICE, and there are no early admissions. There are usually 100 applicants (DEC. 1 deadline) and about 60 get invited to interviews (in late Jan and early Feb). 30 students are admitted. Of course they probably prefer students with bachelor's, but about 5 students in my class DO NOT have bachelor's. They are bridging within the program to get their BSN. They have to take more classes. If you look at the FIU website, the extra classes are in italics. Anesthesiology Nursing Program Click on Courses
  9. by   North Cacalacky
    Yeah I'm not sure what school that is. Letting ADN's in? The AANA requires a bachelors degree for admission. Some students may have first gotten their ADN and then gotten their BSN and perhaps even been accepted with an ADN while BSN is being completed, but they most definitely had a BSN when they entered. This is required admission policy(BSN by time of Anesthesia School start date). I know many people who first earned an ADN, went on to receive their BSN and then enter CRNA school. However NO ONE without a BSN can enter period.
  10. by   North Cacalacky
    Quote from tonetone77
    no, everybody doesn't have a bachelor's. florida international university in miami.
    sorry this post got to me, as i will be a srna in january 2007. i did massive amounts of research into the profession during the time leading up to my application process, during the process and after my acceptance into a program. so here are the requirements from the aana and from fiu in miami. basically you have to have some kind of bachelors degree.

    all applicants must meet the general admission requirements for graduate admission at florida international university, which includes a minimum gpa of 3.0 and a combined verbal and quantitative gre score of 1000. the program does not grant exemption to the minimum 1000 score for the gre exam. these requirements are further outlined on the university graduate web site. in addition, the minimum additional requirements for admission to the anesthesiology nursing program are: (1) a current unrestricted rn license in florida, (2) a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited institution, and (3) a minimum of 1 year experience as an r.n. in a critical care setting, and (4) admission to the graduate nursing program. although acls and cpr certification is not required to apply, acls and cpr are required prior to enrollment.
    rns who have a bachelors degree in a discipline other than nursing may be eligible for admission through our msn bridge program. for these students the bridge courses are integrated into the anesthesiology nursing curriculum, thus not lengthening the program of study.


    and now from the aana:
    education of nurse anesthetists in the united states -
    at a glance
    education and experience required to become a certified registered nurse anesthetists (crna) include:
    • a bachelor's of science in nursing (bsn) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.
    • a current license as a registered nurse.
    • at least one year's experience in an acute care nursing setting.
    • graduation from an accredited graduate school of nurse anesthesia. these educational programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements, and offer a master's degree.
    • all programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals.
    • pass a national certification examination following graduation.
  11. by   dfk
    Quote from tonetone77
    I am IN the FIU program. The website is not updated. The pamphlet, available at the university states that you DON'T need a bachelor's. I went through the admissions process TWICE, and there are no early admissions. There are usually 100 applicants (DEC. 1 deadline) and about 60 get invited to interviews (in late Jan and early Feb). 30 students are admitted. Of course they probably prefer students with bachelor's, but about 5 students in my class DO NOT have bachelor's. They are bridging within the program to get their BSN. They have to take more classes. If you look at the FIU website, the extra classes are in italics. Anesthesiology Nursing Program Click on Courses

    i'm not negating what you say, and i can see what the website is saying. to me, it looks like all you need is 4 more courses/11 credits to make up for the BSN portion. doesn't make sense to me. i haven't come across any bachelor program that only required 11 credits to complete. it appears you actually don't do your "clinical" side of the BSN program as well (for which i envy).. i don't know, but hey, the program still exists for some reason. on a side note, anesthesia school is enough of a pain in the @ss, i would hate to have more on the side, however, if that was my only choice, then i suppose i would do whatever.
    good luck ~

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