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Anyone have Info on WCU or SCU (Carolina) CRNA Programs?

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by spideyunit spideyunit (Member)

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Is anyone going to either western carolina or south carolina crna programs? or has anyone applied, going there or knows anything about the quality of their program?

thanks, spidey.

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japaho41 specializes in MICU & SICU.

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WCU is a new program as of this year. I had recently heard from someone in my program that the director had left already. So take that for what it is worth. The former director of WCU was once the director of Duke's program as well. She left Duke to start WCU. That is as much as I know. I didn't apply because the program was the new kid on the block. I would be very cautious if I were to get an offer to a school whose founding director has bailed ship in less than one year. You need to think worse case scenario and this could be purely speculation into why the director left but what if there is a possibly that this program may not get accredited?

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mmm? i dont know, they advertise that they are fully accredited. the only directer i know of is cheryl johnson, and as far as i know she still is the directer. your right though, caution is advised with a new program. thx.

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japaho41 specializes in MICU & SICU.

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I know that Johnson was not the original program director when the program began a short time ago.

A program is not fully accred until they graduate their first class to my understanding. So if this program began in Jan 07 then they will be due for re-survey in May 09. Look at the COA site.

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i looked on the AANA website, WCU is apparently has accredited until 2010.

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spidey, have you applied?

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yes i applied to WCU and SCU, i interviewed at SCU, -have not heard yet- and was invited to interview at WCU on aug 1 or 2 but i can't make it and they don't have other dates to offer and wont do a phone interview, so wasnt meant to be.

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Helpful thread- I'm in Asheville (right next to WCU's Enka campus) and am thus considering the CRNA program. I'm also worried about the newness of the program, not just for accreditation, but for overall education. Anesthesia ain't nothin to #@* around with. The reputation of their general nursing program doesn't help their questionable status. Anyone have any updated info on the program? Anyone in it at present? It could be great despite its newness, and being right here in the southern Apps is a huge plus for me.

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The reputation of their general nursing program doesn't help their questionable status. Anyone have any updated info on the program?

On what do you base this comment? I am considering Western Carolina vs New York University ABSN and would appreciate your elaborating on that opinion a bit. Thanks!

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