Hi! I am currently a freshman in a early admit nursing program and I hope to go to CRNA school once I earn my BSN and have some work experience. Anyways I wanted to know what the name of the stats class anyone has taken that was acceptable for the statistics prerequisite. I can take a class called "Fundamentals of statistical reasoning" Would that be okay for admission to a CRNA program?
Jan 9, '13
I don't know about that specific class, but I can give you a heads up. MANY of the 'intro to statistics' classes for nursing students aren't really statistics classes. They should be called 'how to read a research paper'. Let me illustrate with my own experience with four different classes over the years.
As an undergrad Psych major in Israel in the 70s I took 'basic statistics'. The class required doing a fair amount of math, and taught how TO DO the basic functions of statistics. In short, it was a math course like taking calculus or trig or algebra.
In the 90s while doing a Health Sciences degree at Touro (undergrad) I had to take a 'quantitative reasoning' course. The course taught how to understand research design, without doing actual math beyond some examples. The final paper, though, required designing a complete quantitative research project without implementing it. Grading was based on project design and proposal.
While doing my BSN, I had to take the university College of Nursing course in quantitative and qualitative research. I expected something like the course I just described. In fact, it was way less demanding or instructive. The course was basically 'how to read research papers'. It taught the basic terms and functions of research; but required no demonstration of being able to design (let alone implement) our own projects. All it covered was how to basically read and interpret published papers. No math.
I also briefly took a graduate research class at the some CON. That class covered a bit more about understanding and designing projects, but still did not require doing much real statistical analysis math.
Since CRNA is more of a medical model, it might require a real statistics class, rather than a nursing school research class. You definitely want to know if that is the case. I found that locally many courses that are offered for nursing prereqs are dumbed down from the 'same' course offered for pre-med. I would say that in any instance, the pre-med version of a course should be preferable. You will learn more (and work harder), and will be able to apply the course credits to more things later on.
Jan 9, '13
Thank you this helps a lot!
Jan 12, '13
If it is listed in the math section as stats then it might b okay. Call a crna program and ask them.
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