Hi all. I am planning to apply next year. I was wondering if you all would not mind posting your gpa, gre, and icu experience at the time of your application. I have a 3.7 cumulative gpa, and 4.0 science. I have not taken the gre yet and working on ccrn at the momment. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Experience when applied: 2 1/2 years in MICU
Credentials: BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and CCRN (All required expect TNCC)
Councils: Practice Council for ICU and told them I recently joined the education council.
Overall: Never charged but did precep.
Overall GPA for BSN: ~3.47
Nursing GPA: ~ 3.5 with overall science GPA of 4.0 (Retook Chem 1 for a A, only class that wasn't a A in my science GPA)
Highest Chem course: Chemistry 1
GRE: 300 combined and 3.5 writing (They nailed me on the writing. I was truthful and told them writing is not my strong point and the topics I had to write I had no clue about - art topic and something else. I also said the test did not reflect who I was nor what I was capable of. They seemed to accept my answer).
Graduate classes prior to applying: None
Note on college: First 2 years, I bet my GPA was <3.0 easily when my major was just general studies. I made several C's in history, government, speech, chemistry 1, and English. This was my first 2 years of college and I didn't care nor did I know I was going into nursing. I retook all the classes I had C's in and made A's expect English 2 and speech which I did not retake. I retook my chemistry 1 through UNE online. I was never questioned about the classes I retook. I retook all of these classes prior to even applying to nursing school expect chemistry I took in 3 months prior to applying.
Interview was straight forward. What made me stand out I believe was the fact I was on a council, I was the sole investigator for a study on the nursing side that may/may not be published (asked questions about this) and my personal essay was well written. My references were also pretty good from what I could gather. I was also myself and relaxed during the interview. Be yourself. Don't BS these people. Tell them your REAL faults and not some made up fault that you think will sound good.
I tell you all of this because I thought I had no chance in getting in due to my prior college experience when I was young. I wasn't a 4.0 student with a clean record but I somehow by the grace of god got in. I applied to 5 schools including the Mayo Clinic and a school out in Cali and received interviews to every school I applied to. I only interviewed at one and that was TCU because it was my first choice. Be confident in applying to CRNA School and know you are ready. This isn't a cheap endeavor.
One thing I have to say about TCU. The moment I showed up to the interview, these people made me feel like I belonged there. I could not believe how professional these people were. I left there not wanting to go anywhere else. That is my biased opinion as I haven't interviewed anywhere else.
3 years cardiac
1 year as charge nurse
2 years as preceptor
CCRN, FCCS, certified in all devices, dialysis training and cross trained in other ICU's
1 patient care related committee.
3.3 cumulative GPA. 3.5 last 60 hours, 4.0 science with chem 2 being most advance chem class
GRE 301, writing 4.0
Shadowed CRNA 3 different times in 3 different hospitals
Attrition rate has continued to be high. Its a tough program. Every day is a struggle, but they do try to help as much as they can and it's a great program. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. They really prepare you to work independently.