Wolford college crna school Information - page 12

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below please find information re: wolford college crna program. good luck in school everyone! hi, i recieved a letter for an interview at wolford. they gave me three dates. i was wondering if anyone who interviewed at... Read More


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    Any thoughts?
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    Quote from rnforcrna
    Any thoughts?
    Do you have any concerns with the fact that Wolford is not Regionally Accredited? I'm just fasinated that they are able to recruit students without full accreditation.
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    I was only asking if anyone thought that my stats would give me an interview.

    Again they are:
    3.34 GPA (Sciences are around 3.8) (Nursing BSN was 3.3)
    GRE - 152 (Quant) 148(Verbal) 4.5 writing
    will have 1.3 years in the SICU at Johns Hopkins Hospital at time the program starts.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.


    And yes I know this, but what does that matter if I only plan on practicing as a CRNA when I graduate?
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    Quote from rnforcrna


    And yes I know this, but what does that matter if I only plan on practicing as a CRNA when I graduate?
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    #1 the educational infrastructure of the program doesn't meet the accreditation standards for graduate education-this means things such as library support, quality control on curriculum review, faculty qualifications, etc.....this is more important than you may realize. The most important part of your education is not that someone stand at the front of the room and tell you everything you need to know to practice anesthesia today-I bet they do a good job at that...the most important thing is that you advance to a graduate educational model which guides you into becoming a self directed learner. What you will need to know about anesthesia will be much different in just a few years, and you need to be able to teach yourself, not relie on someone else.

    #2 plans change and you may think you will only be in practice, but if you change your mind your degree will not be recognized by any other university where you may wish to pursue a degree, or you may not be able to teach at any other university.
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    Am I wrong, or is Wolford accredited according to the AANA.com website?

    Accredited Programs provided by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
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    The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the COA, but the institution is not accredited by the regional accreditor.

    Another interesting development is Wolford is being sued by 5 former students. Search for: 3 More Students Join Class Action Against Wolford Nurse Anesthesia Program
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    Wolford is in the process of getting accredited by SACS for regional accreditation. It can take a long time for this to happen. They will be accredited within the next year. As for the students suing, the lawsuit states mainly that the students were overworked (arent all crna students?), and that the owners of the CRNA school are also the owners of the group that works at the hospitals.
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    Wolford is unique in that the owners of the anesthesia group where students are assigned for clinical experience, are the same people controlling the anesthesia educational program. This is a conflict of interest, the students education takes a second place to making money for the anesthesia group. Actually the students working a lot isn't the biggest issue, it's the fact that they aren't provided a well rounded clinical educational experience. Also the students don't have anyone 'on their side'. I suspect the reason it's taken so long to gain SACS accreditation is the lack of a willingness to spend the money required.
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    What many articles aren't telling people though is that the students in Naples, didn't HAVE to stay in Naples if they thought they were being treated unfairly. Wolford has clinical sites all around FL and GA where they could have gone to if they wanted to at any time during their clinicals. West palm beach, Sarasota, Tampa, davenport, Tipton GA, etc. the students chose to stay there.
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    Quote from loveanesthesia
    This is a conflict of interest, the students education takes a second place to making money for the anesthesia group. Actually the students working a lot isn't the biggest issue, it's the fact that they aren't provided a well rounded clinical educational experience. Also the students don't have anyone 'on their side'. I suspect the reason it's taken so long to gain SACS accreditation is the lack of a willingness to spend the money required.
    This is a potential conflict of interest, but no one has outright proven that the students' education takes second place to making money for the anesthesia group. I find it fascinating how so many people online think they know the program intimately and know exactly the quantity and quality of cases done by the students. I'm not sure what you consider to be a well rounded clinical education experience, but being trained to full scope of practice and getting experience with blocks, regional, and hundreds of GETA cases seems pretty well rounded to me. As I'm sure you know, you are required by the COA to have a certain number of different cases, such as neurosurgery, pediatrics, trauma, etc. If Wolford were not providing the students with these minimum type of cases, they would not be accredited by the COA. Sure, people allege that the students falsify their cases, but that has yet to be proven. If that is happening, both the student, faculty, or staff involved should be reprimanded. Collier anesthesia has 26 clinical sites. Wolford students go to 5 in the Naples area. There are multiple rooms that never see an SRNA. I'm not trying to be argumentative, but I would like to provide accurate information about the current conditions.

    Your presumption about SACS is not too far off. The school had to decide between building a SIM lab or pursuing SACS. They decided on doing the SIM lab first. In a few weeks, the school will open one of the most advanced SIM labs in the country. And what's even better is the fact that the SIM lab will not be owned and monopolized by a university or a med school, it will belong completely to Wolford. The application to SACS is completed and now it's a waiting game until accreditation.

    I'm not a Wolford "fanboy", I gain absolutely nothing for defending them. I sincerely just want to present both sides of the issue. If the former students can legally prove that they were "employees" of collier anesthesia, they might win the case. If not, the case will be dismissed.


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