To the folks whove made it...

  1. 0 First off I'm greeeeen with envy. Moving on..


    Can u tell us how your gpa's were added when you applied. What was the actual number they used to compare to other applicants.

    I know programs use cumulative, last 60 hours, last degree program completed, science grades, an surely I'm missing one or two but you get my point.

    Im just curious how YOUR program did it.

    Thanks
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  3. Visit  JUSTanLPN} profile page

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    Joined Feb '13; Posts: 147; Likes: 42.

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  4. Visit  detroitdano} profile page
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    Grade points are a bare minimum. Pretty much everyone has A's or B's in their science courses, if you don't, you should be retaking them for your own good. Nobody looks at a calculated GPA. Most schools require a B or better (3.0) in all prerequisities, so having at least a 3.0 doesn't do much to help you stand out. That's just what saves your application from the garbage can.

    Everyone looking to apply gets caught up in this GPA nonsense. It means nothing. If you don't have good grades, yeah, you're not going to get in. Meet your school's bare minimum criteria, then do something for yourself to stand out. I did good on my GRE, had my CCRN, 3 years ICU experience, taught clinical for a college, and went in well prepared for my interview. Apparently that was enough.

    Good luck!
  5. Visit  JUSTanLPN} profile page
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    Appreciate the insight. I've FINALLY gotten my prospective schools on the phone and from what I can see your right. Most of them were far more concerned with my BSN gpa than cumulative or ADN gpa.
  6. Visit  detroitdano} profile page
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    Quote from JUSTanLPN
    Appreciate the insight. I've FINALLY gotten my prospective schools on the phone and from what I can see your right. Most of them were far more concerned with my BSN gpa than cumulative or ADN gpa.
    If schools see that you did better as you progressed through college, it helps a lot. In your case, the BSN core courses with a higher GPA will help you stand out versus someone who had mediocre grades throughout their entire undergrad career.

    That seems to have helped me, and many others that I know. I was a know-it-all up until nursing school then I really buckled down and improved my grades, and all the courses I took post-Bach I earned A's.
  7. Visit  double_minority} profile page
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    Quote from JUSTanLPN
    Appreciate the insight. I've FINALLY gotten my prospective schools on the phone and from what I can see your right. Most of them were far more concerned with my BSN gpa than cumulative or ADN gpa.
    Good to know. My pre-ADN gpa was low. Graduated ADN 3.0+, my current BSN school liked that and gave me a waiver/forgiveness for it and I will graduate BSN 3.5+ I'm sure of it!

    Looking to get into anesthesia one day too so again good to know.
  8. Visit  OscarRN} profile page
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    To be totally honest I was a complete slacker my first several years of college. When I finally decided that I wanted to entry the nursing field I pretty much went back and retook most of my classes to improve my GPA (I focused especially on doing particularly well on science courses). I busted my hump during both my ADN &BSN years and got exceptional grades. I worked hard to get into an ICU ASAP and was about to get a position 8 months after receiving my RN. I have two years of good ICU so far and just got accepted to NA school starting this coming fall. I consider myself extremely blessed and have a difficult time believing that I've gotten this far. If you want it bad enough, it's totally possible!
  9. Visit  Guti001} profile page
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    Hey, I know this is a two year old post but I am new here and couldn't find any update post on GPA. I have a BS which I got a GPA of 2.5 back in 2006 and got my AND in 2009 in a one year program with a GPA of 3.3. Currently I am getting my BSN and have a GPA of 3.4 and work in the ICU. My goal is CRNA... I have a couple question.
    1) If my cum GPA for total credits taken doesn't go above 3.0 at the end of my BSN causes the credit number is to high, Does that restrict me from getting into CRNA school?
    2) If it does, Would a master program help me get in? If so, what type of masters would help?

    THANKS
  10. Visit  PVCCHoo} profile page
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    From above "If my cum GPA for total credits taken doesn't go above 3.0 at the end of my BSN causes the credit number is to high"

    What does this even mean? The number of credits can not get too high - ever. The more credits you take, the more grade points you get, ad infinitum. Of course the more credits you have, the harder it is to raise a GPA because the significance of one A in a 3 credit class becomes diminished as the total number of credits climb.

    For example, I graduated college with 120 credits or whatever about 15 years ago with a 3.1. Been in community college and now nursing school getting nothing but A's for the past 2.5 years (over 40 credits), but have only been able to bump the cumulative up to 3.3ish.

    The ONLY way to raise a GPA is to continue earning credits that were higher grades than your previous ones. Mathematically, you can never turn a 2.0 in to a 4.0.
  11. Visit  Guti001} profile page
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    [QUOTE=PVCCHoo;8367656]From above "If my cum GPA for total credits taken doesn't go above 3.0 at the end of my BSN causes the credit number is to high"

    What does this even mean? The number of credits can not get too high - ever. The more credits you take, the more grade points you get, ad infinitum. Of course the more credits you have, the harder it is to raise a GPA because the significance of one A in a 3 credit class becomes diminished as the total number of credits climb.
    QUOTE]

    That's what I meant.

    Do CRNA programs have grade forgiveness for repeat courses?
  12. Visit  PVCCHoo} profile page
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    Ok. I see what you are saying now. I don't know anything about grade forgiveness, but those low grades will always be on your transcript. If you have to raise your cum GPA, the only thing you can really do is just take more classes. For example, when I am all done with my BSN, I am going to take two semesters of orgo as well as a bio chem at my community college and will be able to slightly raise my GPA if I get all A's.

    So theoretically, if you took a master's program and got all A's, yes that would help your overall cum GPA. Seems like a lot of extra trouble though when you are looking to eventually become a CRNA. You will see lots of people on here who had a lower initial GPA from their first degree like you do and kept getting it higher as they moved through their nursing degrees. Now that 2.5 is pretty low, but you have done a lot better since then and that will show maturation and dedication.
  13. Visit  missnurse01} profile page
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    Hey! We're you an LPN first? Me too!

    I would not waste time getting a master's, however boosting your application if you have a poor GPA can be done by doing well in grad level classes. Take pharm, phys, or some other science class and get an A. That will show them you can handle grad level work.

    Good luck!
  14. Visit  Beachie27} profile page
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    I have recently applied to Drexel, Villanova, Upenn and Jefferson's CRNA programs. I'm super anxious to hear back.
    Experience:
    8 years in OR
    5 years CVOR
    currently in CVICU/ICU (will have 2 years by the start of the program)
    ACLS
    CNOR

    MSN
    GPA 3.6
    sigma theta tau member
    great letters of recommedation from anesthesiologists and surgeons I work with.

    Do do you think I have a chance of getting an interview?! I want this so badly! Woo!

    If anyone has gotten accepted to these schools is love to hear from you!

    Thanks!
    Last edit by Beachie27 on 3:04 pm : Reason: Adding experience
  15. Visit  CNRAHopeful} profile page
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    Beachie27 - I totally feel ya... I want to go the CRNA-route so badly as well, and am also considering Jefferson and UPenn's programs, in addition to University of Maryland's and Georgetown's. I know that these programs are very selective and I'll be up against other highly qualified applicants like you. To those who've been through this and / or have any insight into the admissions process, just how important is it to have the CCRN certification, and will the fact that I don't have any work against me? I currently have half a year in TICU straight out of school (ABSN at Johns Hopkins with GPA 3.7), but will have a little over 1 year of experience by the time I apply to the various anesthesia programs, and should have almost 2 years of experience by the time I start anesthesia school, God-willing I get in! I have a combined GRE of 335 (verbal 167, quantitative 168) and have taken two graduate level courses with 4.0 in both (patho and pharmacology). I've also shadowed CRNAs in my hospital for about the past 6 months. Given this, do you think this will be enough to get me an interview, in spite of my less than 2 years of ICU experience and not having a CCRN?


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