Indi, Do you mind sharing which schools you applied to?
Minneapolis School of Anesthesia , St.Mary's University in Minneapolis, University of MN (not accepted), Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia in La Crosse WI.
I am in the exact same position as OP. I already have a non nursing BS and also a related, but non nursing MS degree. I want to get the BSN FAST and CHEAP. WGU is soooo tempting in that regard. Why would I want to spend 18 months and upwards of $15,000 on another BS degree if I don't have to?
Indeed why are you getting a BSN at all? Only about half my class had BSNs. I have known RNs to go to anesthesia school with dregees in dairy science, english, forestry, biology, chemistry, education and others.
I have near 4.0 GPA in all three of my degrees (BS, MS, and ADN). I have been a practicing RN for 6 years. I have 2+ years experience in ICU -plus pediatrics, neonatal ICU, obstetrics (ante- and post-partum), med-surg, and telemetry/stepdown. I say this not to brag but to put a perspective on the following:
LOL it never occured to me that might be bragging. Your experience is pretty lite. Nothing counts except ICU experience and the kind of unit makes all the difference. Over half my class were all from the same unit of the same hospital and former RNs form that unit are heavily represented in local CRNA programs. This particular SICU has a large open heart program and is a trauma center. SICU nurses are expected to practice with tremdous autonomy and get constant experience with the sickest of the sick patients with very little physician support. For example on nights the resident that covers the SICU also covers trauma and emergency surgery. It might be impossible to get a physician at the bedside in less than an hour. For that reason the RNs have a vast selection of standing orders and protocols to deal with nearly anything on their own, at least for a little while. In addition the SICU nurses are the trauma nurses. When there is a trauma team activation it is an SICU RN who responds to the trauma bay. The ER nurses roll is to record vital sings and run and fetch things. The SICU RN is the bedside trauma RN. They are also the code team and rapid response team.
I called a program director for a CRNA program I was interested in to feel out her opinion on the WGU BSN (prior to applying to any BSN program). She had not heard of WGU before, so I briefly explained the pass/fail grading process and the competency based approach. And I stressed that yes, the WGU program is fully accredited. I told her that some schools interpret the "pass" as a 3.0 which worries me because that is not a competitve GPA for CRNA applicants.
Her response to me was something along the lines of "it would be hard for you to compete against other applicants who had already demonstrated professional nursing competency through a traditional BSN program with strong GPA."
My GPA was certainly considered. My WGU GPA was counted as a 3.0 but when added in with my ADN GPA of 4.0 I ended up with a 3.66. 3.5 was considered compedative. In addition I took a graduate level advanced pharm class and got an A to demonstrate I could do graduate corse work (with the added benifit of reducing my work load during the first semester of CRNA school).
Schools vary a lot on what they think is important.p In my area most schools don't require the GRE and consider qualiety of experience.
Really? So now a BSN is what demonstrates nursing competancy. I understand what she is saying, I guess, but I just find the notion a little bit .....strange. And sad.
Seem stupid to me. The BSN doesn't tell you anything about nursing competency. I think I got dumber in the BSN program.
She did not say ANYTHING to me about looking at other factors such as experience, GPA with non-BSN degrees, GRE scores, or strong interview performance. At least for this one director at this one CRNA program, it seems the WGU BSN would be a quick dealbreaker for the admitting committee.
Well if that is the school you really want to attend then you have your answer. I would suggest University of Wyoming. I know several RNs who finished their BSN there for around $5K