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Certifications vs graduate classes for crna programs?

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by fluffy fluffy (New) New Nurse

fluffy specializes in icu.

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Hi

I am trying to improve upon my application for 2021 cohort and I understand that it is recommended to take graduate pathophysiology or advanced pharmacology.  I am also seeing that I can take an online continuing education from nurses.com and get a certification (It is a 25 hour online course). 

How do the admission committees of CRNA schools view the certifications?  This one is specifically for advance pharmacology for the practicing nurse.  Is it best to take the graduate course and would it automatically be transferred in so as I wouldn't need to take it again if accepted into the program?  I also am trying to retake the GRE test and I work full time at a Level 1 hospital .  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank you GL

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yournurse has 2 years experience.

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I have both advanced courses in patho, pharm, research and have 2 other certifications in addition to CCRN. I think they carry a lot of weight and you’d have a better chance of getting interviewed. I believe most schools are based on a point system. Not sure if you know what I mean, the more points you have, the better your chances (if you have more certs, good recommendations (all positive and 5 when they rate you) , and everything else look good. I think you have a really good chance. CEUs though I’m not sure ? 

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Defibn' has 6 years experience and specializes in SRNA.

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12 hours ago, fluffy said:

Hi

I am trying to improve upon my application for 2021 cohort and I understand that it is recommended to take graduate pathophysiology or advanced pharmacology.  I am also seeing that I can take an online continuing education from nurses.com and get a certification (It is a 25 hour online course). 

How do the admission committees of CRNA schools view the certifications?  This one is specifically for advance pharmacology for the practicing nurse.  Is it best to take the graduate course and would it automatically be transferred in so as I wouldn't need to take it again if accepted into the program?  I also am trying to retake the GRE test and I work full time at a Level 1 hospital .  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank you GL

If you are choosing between the two I would pick the grad classes. We all know that certs from something like that site are probably easier and will mean less. If you want additional certs get something on top of the CCRN like CMC or CSC. 

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bfreezy specializes in SRNA.

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If you have a low GPA, take extra courses/grad classes. It shows to the committee that you're able to handle "graduate level courses" despite a lower GPA. I put the "graduate level courses" in quote because I took 2 and they were probably 1/50th of the level of difficulty in regards to CRNA classes. 

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loveanesthesia specializes in CRNA.

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High quality ICU experience is more important than ‘grad’ classes. 

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fluffy specializes in icu.

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Thank you everyone I will definitely take the graduate course in pharmacology and continue in the ICU.  I appreciate the advice greatly since I am trying to figure this stuff out alone.  This application process is crazy and competitive and I really want to get in this field. I had applied to many CRNA programs and not one invite for an interview. 🙄  I have a low GPA from 25 years ago but the committees continue to use it against me despite my 4.0 in my BSN and my extensive experience.  I have taken one Graduate level biostatistics course (A) and have my CCRN.  I don't know what else to do to show them I am good enough for their programs.   

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I'm finding it difficult to find graduate level courses when I am not pursuing a degree. Any ideas?

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fluffy specializes in icu.

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Hi Davida,

I, too, have been told that I could not register for graduate classes as a non-degree student from many, many schools and others have said to "get permission" which has been ridiculous.  I was even registered and paid in full for a January course and then the class was cancelled.  UGGH.  I have been chasing this around and around and had not been successful until today.    

Today I was able to "get permission" to register at UMASS Medical in BOSTON for online Advanced Pathophysiology course that starts next week.  I will try to add a link for you but certainly check it out. There is advanced pharmacology too.   As a non-degree student, we are allowed to take 2 graduate courses only from some programs but others will refuse you.  I hope this helps

https://www.umb.edu/registrar/forms

Fluffy

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