Hello I'm a 19 year old male, and after the idea of being contempt as being an RN-BSN as a long term carrier coming out of high school, I'm starting to change my mind. Now I mean no disrespect to any practicing RN's but I'm currently about to start an ADN program at my local CC, and as I'm taking the pre reqs, especially A/P 1 and 2, I'm noticing that most nursing students aren't at the same level when it comes to the ability to learn and apply knowledge.
An example being that I finished A/P which is regarded as the "weed out" class with a 98% and I didn't feel that pressured at all. And at the same time other pre nursing students barely scraped by with a C.
I also am a tech on a med/surg floor, and I understand that med/surg isn't really challenging but I see some pretty dull RN's from time to time that make me feel like I could do something more than a BSN.
For these reasons I'm planning on going into advanced practice nursing, with CRNA being my primary goal, and AACNP being sort of a back up plan. I have done pretty extensive research and contacted a few schools to find out what it takes in terms of stats to be a competitive applicant, and I think I can pull it off.
But my question is when should I take all the extra classes that are required for a lot of CRNA schools. My first school is ranked 6th in a pole on all-crna-schools.com and requires many courses to be completed before application. The classes are gem chem I and II, O chem I and II, Biochemistry, Calc 1, Basic physics a lot with other more trivial classes. So I'm asking your opinions about some of the options I have.
Option I - Take as many courses as I can and risk lowering my GPA through my ADN and RN to BSN schooling.
Option II - Proceed with my ADN as scheduled, making it easier to maintain a good GPA. Then during my RN to BSN begin taking the pre req classes. I can see this getting hairy though especially if I'm working, studying for CCRN, trying to become a teacher and leader in things like ACLS classes, and trying to be just an overall good ICU nurse.
Option III- Finish my ADN, do RN to BSN get a job then take the pre req courses. This also may have a down side because I would have been a long time sense I might have taken a math classes and etc.
That being said I don't think I would mind being ICU RN for 1-3 years. It sounds like a great learning experience and much more interesting than Med/surg. But I go back to not wanting to be an RN my whole life.
Thanks for the input
Aug 7, '11
honestly, go get your BSN, do well in your sciences, take orgo at some point and, then go get ICU experience in either a CTICU or SICU. If you have good grades, score well on you're GREs (which btw they have changed the format of) and interview well then you'll prolly have a good shot at getting into whatever school you wanna go to. Altho I'm not a SRNA I am currently applying to CRNA schools, and if i had a chance to do it all over again that's what I would have done.
Sep 6, '11
I did the fastest track possible and wouldn't change it for a second! Definitely don't sacrifice grades, but if you think you can take on a little more I say go for it! Just know your limits, and you should be good!