Hey Guys! I applied to the UMD CRNA program to start June 2018. I just wanted to start a thread here for people to post any news that they hear about their application, questions about the process, etc. I'm also curious about what everyone's stats are, i.e. GPA, years of experience, certs, etc. Good Luck to everyone!
I recently completed my application and the status is “Complete Ready for Review.” My stats are: GPA 3.39, BLS, ACLS, and PALS, preparing to take the CCRN, and I have a little over a year of experience.
To all that are applying to Umaryland Baltimore CRNA program please read. First off congratulations on beginning your exciting journey, Maryland is an awesome program with great professors. The program truely has a student first mentality. I have been in your shoes before, so I am familiar with questions that haunt you about the process. Interviews will take place around November, so don't be worried if you don't hear anything back one day after the application deadline. I was offered an interview sometime in October. Once you get your interview many if not all of you will begin to conjure up the worst case scenario in your head. I am here to tell you relax, if you were given an interview the program committee already knows you can manage the demanding school work. This is your time to shine as an individual, I call it the beer test. It is pretty much questions to see wether or not you would want to have a beer with that person. Will your personality gel with the faculty, hospital staff, and most importantly your fellow classmates. The later being most important, since you will end up learning from one another. Best of luck during this journey and who know maybe I will speak to a few of you during the interview.
I have applied this year as well! Super nervous! Good luck to everyone!!!
I completed an application as well. Stats include GPA 3.6, Certifications CEN, TCRN, CCRN, have ACLS, PALS AND NRP, 2 years of experience. Good luck to everyone!
I have submitted my application. GPA 3.5, BLS,PALS,ACLS,TNCC . Medical surgical Icu 2 years. CViCU 1 year. Currently travel nursing in cvicu. Excited for this process. Taking CCRN in 2 weeks.
Hey! I applied for next summer as well! GPA 3.3, BLS, ACLS, CCRN, and 2.5 years SICU experience. Good luck to everyone!
Hi all! I submitted my application today. GPA 3.7, BLS, ACLS, CCRN, and 1.5 years of SICU experience.
Hello folks! Pretty excited for this program... Praying every day!
Stats: 1 year in the CVICU; Cummulative GPA 3.81, Sciences GPA 4.0; BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN;and I'm a Veteran (hopefully that'll help too).
Thank you Spurs_up for the chill pill haha, I check my app status multiple times a day.
I know its super early. But curious if anyone else has a decision update on SURFS. Mine says "committee ready" any idea what that means?
Mine has said the same for a few weeks now.
EspinozaCVICU thanks for replying. Guess still a waiting game.
If I remember correctly that displays once you have submitted everything. That phrase will haunt you over the next few months. Your interview request will come via the email you submitted in your application. Be on the lookout for and email offering an interview with a few dates to select from. I would assume the interview request could come out anytime, but as I mentioned in an earlier post I received mine in October. I know the waiting game is hard right now, but soon things will really get hectic. Good luck to all of you.
here are a few hints that will help you prepare for your interview (if I think of more later I will post):
- Go to the AANA website and read up on current events and probably familiarize yourself with them.
- be able to speak to why you want to become a CRNA.
- know what a CRNA does (hint: it's not puting people to sleep)
- wear a business suit, this is your first and only impression you will give them, so don't waste it trying to make a fashion statement. Dress like a CEO, it will make you more confident.
- sitdown and write out some possible questions you would ask someone if you were the program director. Brainstorm through and develop a solid response. I did about 40 questions. Now the tough part begins, you will want to look in a full length mirror and start answering your questions. Pay attention to your posture, eye contact, body language, and try not to say "ummm" between every word.
- as I have mentioned before if you get an interview try to relax, they selected you so on paper they know you can make it through the program. Now they want to get to know you, the only reason to be nervous at this point is if you are not worth getting to know.
- I hope this helps a little, I have been in your shoes and remember the feeling of excitement mixed with uncertainty. Don't worry that feeling will go away, just kidding it never goes away, maybe after graduation.
EspinozaCVICU, just wanted to follow up on a previous post you had. It seems as if you were military. This program seems to have a lot of people who are prior service. Probably 80% of faculty and maybe 40% of the students, including myself.
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