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    I am looking for info from former/current students at Samford in Alabama in regards to interview and campus thanks in advance

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    Did you get an early interview? I am not a student but applied and interviewed last year. The interview was not too bad. Questions were about what my references said and why I wanted to be a CRNA, etc. The clinicals are in different locations through out the state. Lots of traveling. I was also 9 months pg last year when I interviewed. I am trying again this year but did not get everything in for the early interview deadline.
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    Yeah I got an early, first one, guess I am nervous/curious after reading about peoples experiences with different schools.
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    good luck. They are pretty nice there. Beautiful campus.
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    I got an interview too...Dec 5th. I am pretty nervous about it too since this will be the first interview that I go on. I am curious how many people they are interviewing. Any ideas?

    I also have heard that the Samford interview involves a lot of clinical questions.
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    I have an interview on December 8th....good luck to all of you! I read here last year that Samfords interview had no clinical questions at all...when I set up my interview they told me that the interviewers were very nice and would not "test" you at all, that they were interested in you and what drives you. She also said that they only offered early admission to applicants with extraordinary credentials and that the rest of the early interviewees get considered later with the rest of the applicants for the remaining spots.

    Samford is probably the prettiest campus I have ever been on, but the parking is a bit tight and I can see that a lengthy walk might occur here and there.

    My question to current/past Samford CRNA students isn't about the interview, but about their experiences, pros and cons about classes and clinicals. Would they have chosen UAB over Samford if given the chance? If so, why?

    As for the number of applicants I have no idea...probably 300-400 I would imagine. They only accept about 20 so I am not exactly holding my breath. I have also applied to UAB, but have been told not to expect an invite for an interview until Mid December at the earliest.
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    I am currently attending Samford and will be graduating in 5 weeks in the first CRNA class. At no time have I regretted attending Samford. I did apply to UAB a few years ago and did not have a good experience when trying to meet with them regarding preparation for school. From the minute I applied to Samford, everything just fell into place for me.

    The program is top notch and the small class size is certainly a plus. The 1st and 2nd classes had 18 students and the 3rd class is the largest with 25; and there are no plans to ever have more than that. It is more personal and professors are truly interested in you and your learning. There have been many of us in the clinical setting that have been told by our preceptors that we are "very well prepared". I don't feel like I am lacking in any area. As others have already stated, the campus is beautiful which is certainly a plus.

    Yes, there are parking issues on campus but they have just completed another lot this fall. I have never had a problem with parking, since I don't care if I can't park next to the nursing building. There is a parking lot across the street with shuttle access, so it's no big deal.

    There are several clinical sites within a 1-2 hour driving time of Birmingham. For some that might be a negative. However, the sites are fantastic with a lot of various opportunities including regional, pediatrics, neuro, cv, etc. They continue to add various sites.

    My own personal experience with interview was over 2 years ago and for the most part I was asked the usual why do you want to be a CRNA, etc. questions. I was asked a few clinicl questions related to my area of experience. I did not have trouble answering the questions. I am not sure what the plans are for this years interviews, but the folks at Samford are really nice. Even if I am biased! It's worth your time to look into!!
    http://www.samford.edu/schools/nursing/dna/home.htm

    Good luck to you all.

    Sprout
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    I am currently attending Samford and will be graduating in 5 weeks in the first CRNA class. At no time have I regretted attending Samford. I did apply to UAB a few years ago and did not have a good experience when trying to meet with them regarding preparation for school. From the minute I applied to Samford, everything just fell into place for me.

    The program is top notch and the small class size is certainly a plus. The 1st and 2nd classes had 18 students and the 3rd class is the largest with 25; and there are no plans to ever have more than that. It is more personal and professors are truly interested in you and your learning. There have been many of us in the clinical setting that have been told by our preceptors that we are "very well prepared". I don't feel like I am lacking in any area. As others have already stated, the campus is beautiful which is certainly a plus.

    Yes, there are parking issues on campus but they have just completed another lot this fall. I have never had a problem with parking, since I don't care if I can't park next to the nursing building. There is a parking lot across the street with shuttle access, so it's no big deal.

    There are several clinical sites within a 1-2 hour driving time of Birmingham. For some that might be a negative. However, the sites are fantastic with a lot of various opportunities including regional, pediatrics, neuro, cv, etc. They continue to add various sites.

    My own personal experience with interview was over 2 years ago and for the most part I was asked the usual why do you want to be a CRNA, etc. questions. I was asked a few clinicl questions related to my area of experience. I did not have trouble answering the questions. I am not sure what the plans are for this years interviews, but the folks at Samford are really nice. Even if I am biased! It's worth your time to look into!!
    http://www.samford.edu/schools/nursing/dna/home.htm

    Good luck to you all.

    Sprout
    Sprout,
    Some questions:

    How difficult were the science courses compared to your undergrad sciences? Is it a 10 point grading scale or 7? Do you get canned for making a C or do you just have to maintain a B average? How are you graded in clinicals? Did you have class every day, Monday through Friday? How do the instructors handle a student that is struggling, either in didactics or clinicals (not that I intend to)? What in your opinion is the most important clinical skill/knowledge to have to succeed in the program? Is the teaching more theory based than hands-on/practical knowledge?

    I attended the UABSON and was not very happy with the experience overall. They were more interested in weeding out students that might lower the success rate on the NCLEX than helping those stragglers succeed. They had a 7 point grading scale making it near impossible to make A's. I had alot of 90, 91, 92 B's :angryfire.

    I hope you don't mind answering some of these questions and in fact would love to sit in on a class or two and even a clinical site to make my own conclusions. I'm not sure how the administration would feel about that though as I haven't asked them yet and am not sure if I will.

    You wouldn't happen to be doing any clinicals at Cullman Regional Medical Center would you? I live in Cullman and would love to meet you if you are.

    Thanks,

    gatormac2112
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    Quote from gatormac2112
    Sprout,
    Some questions:

    How difficult were the science courses compared to your undergrad sciences? Is it a 10 point grading scale or 7? Do you get canned for making a C or do you just have to maintain a B average? How are you graded in clinicals? Did you have class every day, Monday through Friday? How do the instructors handle a student that is struggling, either in didactics or clinicals (not that I intend to)? What in your opinion is the most important clinical skill/knowledge to have to succeed in the program? Is the teaching more theory based than hands-on/practical knowledge?
    Good questions. I had the same issue with my ASN program. They had a 7 point scale...oh how I wish my 90- 92% B's were A's now.

    I also heard through the grape vine that UAB is going to be sending invites out sooner than previously thought. The waiting is excruciating!!


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