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Barry CRNA Starting 2018

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Specializes in ICU.

Hello all! I just thought I would start a thread for those of us applying. I have started my application and I am working on my personal statement now. How are you all doing?

I have taken the GRE and passed my CCRN. I still need to get my PALS. I also need to ask for my letters of recommendation and send in my school transcripts & GRE scores. I'm going to try to apply for the Tampa campus.

I'm currently applying as well ! Good luck!

Hi everyone! I will be applying soon as well. I'm so excited! Literally, have been waiting for it for years. :)

I would prefer Tampa or Orlando site as the primary one too.

I have not taken the GRE yet, planning for it next month. I am terrified.

Do you guys mind sharing your stats?

My GPA 3.4, CCRN-CMC, 1.5 years level 1 trauma SICU/CSICU, 1 year flight rn, 1 year cardiac stepdown.

Hi everyone! I will be applying soon as well. I'm so excited! Literally, have been waiting for it for years. :)

I would prefer Tampa or Orlando site as the primary one too.

I have not taken the GRE yet, planning for it next month. I am terrified.

Do you guys mind sharing your stats?

My GPA 3.4, CCRN-CMC, 1.5 years level 1 trauma SICU/CSICU, 1 year flight rn, 1 year cardiac stepdown.

I'm most likely going for the Orlando site, I'm from out of state so I'm game for any location really.My stats are 3.6, CCRN-CMC 2 years CVICU and 2 years in surgial trauma icu. Currently taking the gre this week. Everything else is complete. Good luck to all! Is anyone else from out of state?

ProgressiveThinking, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in Anesthesia. Has 7 years experience.

I was accepted to Barry for 2017, but ended up accepting an offer from a different school in my home state that doesn't require me to move. The key to getting into Barry is meeting all of their admission criteria. Having any GPA > 3.0, GRE of at least 150 in each section with 3.5-4.0 AW, CCRN, and one year of any kind of ICU experience makes you competitive since they look at the entire overall application. If you're invited to the interview, you're golden. Their interview is more of a formality than anything, and isn't very difficult. I believe they're just making sure that you are who you say you are on paper, have a good support system, will be compliant with their standards, and don't have any huge and noticeable red flags. Most, but not all who interview are accepted.

The most important thing you can do is score 150 on each section of the GRE, since the school places such a large emphasis on it. A high GRE score can overshadow a lower GPA in their eyes. They accept some with slightly lower GRE scores if their GPA is high enough to compensate, but sometimes offer provisional acceptance requesting that the applicant retake the test and score > 150 in each section. Again, if you meet the minimums (3.0, 150math/150verbal/3.5aw, ccrn, 1 yr ICU exp), you have a chance. Good luck everyone!

fsnurselaur9

Specializes in ICU.

My stats are 3.7 nursing GPA, CCRN, 318 GRE, 1.5 years in a medical-surgical ICU at a community hospital. I am working on my personal statement now. I hope to submit my application by the end of December. Good luck, everyone!

fsnurselaur9

Specializes in ICU.

I just submitted my application. Just waiting on my second letter of recommendation. Good luck, everyone!

Awesome, congrats! I'll be submitting mine next month, need to start studying for the dreaded GRE.

I'm joining in. Just submitted my application last week. I think they have received everything except letters of recommendation. I'm waiting to do PALs and chemistry course (mine is older than 5 years). Everything else is done. :)

fsnurselaur9

Specializes in ICU.

I'm joining in. Just submitted my application last week. I think they have received everything except letters of recommendation. I'm waiting to do PALs and chemistry course (mine is older than 5 years). Everything else is done. :)

Have you received any sort of confirmation email? I haven't yet but it is winter break for the school.

FS,

I did receive confirmation that my online application was received. I called last week and spoke with one of the administrative staff and went over what they had received and what they hadn't. They are still waiting for one of my letters of recommendation, which I don't really have control over. I sent most of my documents (admission essay, resume, certifications, licenses, etc.) via email so I received confirmation via a quick "thanks" each time I sent a new document.

I figure I won't hear anything for a while after holdiay break.

Are you applying anywhere else? I am a little worried that I jumped the gun and applied too early. Although getting in would be a great relief, I do want to be able to weigh my options and the other schools I am applying for don't interview until June or July.

I received a confirmation email last week that my application is complete. The waiting game begins. What site are you guys going for? I'm thinking Orlando.

Orlando for me as well.

fsnurselaur9

Specializes in ICU.

Did you receive an email with the things you needed to email in? Like the resume and things. I haven't received one but I submitted my application on the 16th of December and I think the University closed that day

fsnurselaur9

Specializes in ICU.

FS,

I did receive confirmation that my online application was received. I called last week and spoke with one of the administrative staff and went over what they had received and what they hadn't. They are still waiting for one of my letters of recommendation, which I don't really have control over. I sent most of my documents (admission essay, resume, certifications, licenses, etc.) via email so I received confirmation via a quick "thanks" each time I sent a new document.

I figure I won't hear anything for a while after holdiay break.

Are you applying anywhere else? I am a little worried that I jumped the gun and applied too early. Although getting in would be a great relief, I do want to be able to weigh my options and the other schools I am applying for don't interview until June or July.

I plan to apply to USF eventually but so far this is my first application.

Yes I did get the email where they told me what was missing. Most of my documents were sent via email so I was able to get quick feedback via the "Thanks" email.

What I have done (which seems to work well for me) is scan the paper items I have like my AACN certifications, ACLS, RN license, etc. Then I save the documents to a folder labeled "application documents." That makes it easier to keep track of for doing multiple applications. It's also nice to have a saved copy of those documents on file just in case you need them for quick reference when you're not at home.

As others have said...

CCRN

GRE>305 ideal

Good references from manager, attending., CRNA or anesthesiologist.

Shadow experience

If you get an interview you are good, just don't throw any red flags. The entire invite is an interview, not just the sit down with the director portion. AKA, ask questions, be involved in the presentations, but don't be annoying or confronting.

Definitely take the head start courses, all of them. They are entirely possible while still working full time. Expect to drop around 13k out of pocket with head start courses and deposits. It will be worth it.

As others have said...

CCRN

GRE>305 ideal

Good references from manager, attending., CRNA or anesthesiologist.

Shadow experience

If you get an interview you are good, just don't throw any red flags. The entire invite is an interview, not just the sit down with the director portion. AKA, ask questions, be involved in the presentations, but don't be annoying or confronting.

Definitely take the head start courses, all of them. They are entirely possible while still working full time. Expect to drop around 13k out of pocket with head start courses and deposits. It will be worth it.

Thanks kbl7td,

I'm assuming you've taken all the head start courses already? How manageable is it to take the two head start classes in the fall (chem/physics and the other fluff course) while working a full time job? Any insight on that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!