Undergrad GPA 3.1 - will I get into CRNA School?

  1. Hi - I only got a 3.1 in undergrad. I need to take the biology/chem classes for the first time now. I plan on doing well in those...if I can. Is getting a 3.1 in undergrad going to affect my chances of acceptance into CRNA programs?
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  3. by   Burnt2
    I got in with an undergraduate GPA of <3.1

    To negate that I got a 4.0 in 3 graduate level classes (physiology), got my CCRN, got a 1350 on the GRE, did all kind of committees and stuff at work.

    I also have worked in ICU for 3 years

    you have to prove to them that you can handle the intense academic pressure - my advice is to get 4.0's in those few classes you have left. If your GPA still isn't that hot, take a couple graduate classes while you're putting your time into an ICU after you graduate.
  4. by   ashfost
    What kind of graduate courses can you take as pre-reqs to a CRNA program? You said Physiology....is that the only one?
  5. by   Burnt2
    It wasn't a prerequisite - I just took them for the heck of it. I took 2 grad level human physiology classes (8 credits) and a statistics course (4).


    I was hoping to prove to interviewers that I could handle graduate work, as well as to reinforce my own knowledge after a couple years of practice.

    I don't think they teach enough physiology in undergraduate nursing.



    I doubt they'd transfer, as MSN physio classes appear to tend to be tailored to the area of specialization (speculation on my part).
  6. by   smileyRn96
    I think most MSN programs have a core of usually three classes: 1.Nursing Theory, 2.Research and 3. Profession issues in Nursing...Programs that offer an MS are different. All the MSN programs I spoke to will allow you to transfer in these core classes only. All the other courses have to be taken in the program. You could contact the porgrams for specifics in your area.
    -Smiley
  7. by   gators77
    this is a good question...I only have a 3.1 gpa, and I hope my 6 years of ICU exp. will offset that somewhat.

    I've thought about taking some graduate level classes to prove that I can do the work as previously suggested, but my question is do you have to be accepted into say an FNP program to take graduate classes?
  8. by   LHK6161976
    Congratulations, which school will you be going to?


    Quote from Burnt2
    It wasn't a prerequisite - I just took them for the heck of it. I took 2 grad level human physiology classes (8 credits) and a statistics course (4).


    I was hoping to prove to interviewers that I could handle graduate work, as well as to reinforce my own knowledge after a couple years of practice.

    I don't think they teach enough physiology in undergraduate nursing.



    I doubt they'd transfer, as MSN physio classes appear to tend to be tailored to the area of specialization (speculation on my part).
  9. by   smileyRn96
    Gator- In my experience you can usually take 2-3 classes at the grad level without being in a specific program. I also know of people in this area who are applying to CRNA schools and taking grad classes at that school to "kill 2 birds with one stone"; one- demonstrate some graduate ability and two- decrease workload when they become a SRNA.
    I took the core classes I mentioned in a previous post ( as well as several others) and will transfer them into my program.
    -Smiley
    Last edit by smileyRn96 on Nov 17, '07 : Reason: clarity
  10. by   tonyccrn
    Dont let a 3.1 discourage you from applying. there are many other factors that go along with acceptance and the application process. yes there will be people with higher gpa's than you applying, but so be it. that does not mean you will not get in or get a shot at an interview where you might be able to make up for the lack of a high gpa. i was lucky enough to get accepted and my gpa was a 3.2 and i can bet there were people with higher gpa's than me.

    there are factors into this and they asked me about my grades. i worked fulltime during nursing school, would i have gotten better grades if i had not, probably! also explained in my interview about my grades, there was a huge trend. when i first started school i was not there for the right reason, i got poor grades, then once i matured and determined i wanted and needed to do somehting in life my grades went from c's to all A's with the occasional B, I pointed this out and they took it to heart thankfully but most school look at your last 60 credit hours.

    also dont forget references, they can be huge. if the right people say the right stuff about you. thats a huge plus.

    experience and other factors play a role as well.

    anyways

    good luck
  11. by   Burnt2
    Quote from gators77
    do you have to be accepted into say an FNP program to take graduate classes?
    As smiley said, you can just apply for non-degree graduate studies and take some classes (as I did). If you're smart (which I'm not) you'd take classes that would transfer to your major....



    Quote from LHK6161976
    Congratulations, which school will you be going to?
    I chose Case Western Reserve.



    I applied in 2006 to several places, wasn't granted a single interview.

    Did the 3 grad classes, CCRN, GRE, etc and got accepted into everything I applied for: 1 CRNA program, 1 FNP program and a med school in Ireland...haha. I was provisionally accepted into another CRNA program as well, pending completion of some core grad classes.




    Work hard and don't get discouraged when you're turned down at first. It only makes it that more rewarding when you're finally accepted.
  12. by   sirJazz
    Hi there burnt2! i'm happy you made it to anesthesia school, hoping to be like you someday. Im 26 yrs old, have a GPA of 3.04, and a graduate GPA of 4.0 in advanced pathophysiology (3 credits). I don't have a solid GRE since i messed up pretty bad on the english part (english is not my 1st language) but did great on the math portion. my TOEFL scores did some justice though 108/120. i have a 6 month PACU and a solid 2 year MICU/CCU experience, and I also was a volunteer ER nurse for a month before everything else. most of all i've earned my CCRN-CMC titles under my belt in just my 2 years of critical care. I applied to VCU and they called me for a panel interview next month, Dec 6, 2007. I'm much humbled but very very anxious, i don't know what to expect. given my credentials do you have any idea what kind of questions they would ask me? are they gonna ask me questions on hemodynamics? vent functions? i would gladly appreciate any advice you could give me... thank you in advance.
  13. by   foxyhill21
    Was the test for the CCRN cert. hard or just basic ICU stuff?
  14. by   sirJazz
    for the CCRN some questions were basic ICU and some were advanced ICU. but for the CMC most of it were advanced cardiac medicine questions. I passed the CMC by just 1 pt!

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