I was wondering if those who were accepted to Nurse Anesthetist schools this year and the past 2 years could post your stats for which schools you applied to and got an interview, what your undergrad GPA was, GRE scores, years of clinical experience and any certifications that you hold! Thanks!
Apr 28, '10
BSMechanicalEngineering 1999 GPA 3.4
BSN prereq's 4.0
BSN 2008 GPA 4.0 (3.6 cumulative with BSME)
4 MS Engineering classes (GPA 3.75) and am taking 1 MSN class (expect A)
GRE 1430 (Q780,V650,W5.5)
~10 months experience at interview, ~19 months at start of program
ACLS, PALS, TNCC
Received interviews at 2 schools, offers to 2 schools.
What got me in? I think it was a combination of GRE score, previous degree (heavy emphasis on critical thinking), letters of recommendation and interview.
Apr 28, '10
ASN 2004, GPA 3.3
BSN 2008, GPA 4.0
CCRN - did well enough to send in my actual scores, not just a copy of the card
5 years MICU, SICU, NSICU experience
shadowed 80 hours
Jul 20, '10
8 years ICU/ER (mostly ICU) traveler for the last 6 years.
It's not all about the grades.
Don't ever get discouraged and not apply because of the poor gpa/gre
I know at least 2 people who got in with GREs < 900.
My current gpa is 3.8. Doing well in clinicals too. You just have to prove to the admission com. that you won't be a waiste of a spot and that you will not fail.
Aug 21, '10
BS GPA 3.4ish
Master of Public Health 3.67
Masters of Nursing 3.96 (MN not MSN)
GRE 1250 (640 verbal, 610 quant)
18 months of neuro/medical/surg ICU experience at interview
great letters of ref from intensivist, Associate dean, and nurse manager
CCRN, PALS, ACLS, charge nurse experience
was nursing school clinical instructor for 1 semester at a Big 10 University
shadowed ~ 32 total hrs
was on 2 emergency response teams (I think programs look for extra-curricular stuff like volunteering to decide between similarly qualified candidates.)
applied to 2 schools, accepted at both
Aug 24, '10
BS Nursing 3.5
2 years MICU experience
Last edit by NIUredblack on Jan 2, '11
Sep 8, '10
3 Previous degrees
adult and pediatric CCRN
3 years RN experience: Flight Nurse, STICU at level trauma center,
accepted on the spot at first interview
Sep 8, '10
Love this thread, thanks so much everyone! Its nice to see hard working people accepted and not just geniuses kwim? Thanks!
Sep 12, '10
ICU traveler... where are you going to school?
Oct 14, '10
ADN 2007- GPA 3.4
BSN 2009 GPA 3.69 (A's in Chem, Orgo, Physics)
Worked full time ICU while getting my BSN
GRE: 1000 ( eww I didn't want to post that)
ACLS, PALS, CCRN
1.5 Yrs ICU at time of interview
Volunteer Medical Missions trip to Haiti after the earthquake
Wrote and presented an undergraduate senior thesis at a regional research evening and won best student presenter
Very nice letters of recommendation
Maybe because I accomplished all this while I was young they saw potential? I am not sure, my grades are ok, not a 4.0 or anything
Samuel Merritt- #2 on waitlist, was accepted after a few weeks
Albany Medical School- Accepted
UNE- declined interview invite after the 1st acceptance
Oct 28, '10
Dont worry about the first few posts, you dont need those kind of stats to get in. I think those are people trying to pat themselves on the back. Depending on the school, you need a GPA over 3.3 or so, a GRE preferrably over 1000 with a good quantitative score (1000 is usually the mark to aim for but if you are a little below this with a decent quant. score like 600 or above, you are good). The interview is really the key component, try to demonstrate your clinical knowledge with the questions they ask you. Good Luck
Oct 29, '10
You are right they don't need to worry about the first few posts but the OP asked what got us into school. I wrote what got me into school.
I'm glad that you are an expert on me and my psyche. Give me your email so I can ask you some questions about why I say the things I say on any given day. You can also help me to be humble like you so I don't sound so arrogant in the future.
Many different things get many different people into school. Some get in due to their great experience with marginal grades and GRE. Some get in because of grades and GRE with minimal experience. Some ace the interview and really impress the adcom. There are many ways to skin a cat, you just gotta figure the best way for you to skin that cat and not necessarily the way someone else would.
Nov 1, '10
Focker, I didnt claim to know you at all. I just thought it was funny that the first few people that replied claimed they had GPAs of 4.0 and GREs of like 1300-1400. Good for you if you did.
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