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Chances with 2nd Bachelor's from Accelerated Program?

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by SlyFoxRN SlyFoxRN, BSN, RN (Member)

SlyFoxRN has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Hi everyone,

I'm interested in possibly going to school to become a CRNA (in a few years), and was wondering if anyone with a 2nd BSN after a non-nursing bachelor's has any information on if that is viewed negatively? My first Bachelor's degree was in Biology from an Ivy League school with a 3.3, then I went for a one-year accelerated BSN at a private university and currently hold a 4.0 (I imagine I'll graduate with around a 3.7-3.9). Then I'll of course work in an ICU for a few years..

So anyone have any info on an applicant with 2 bachelor's?

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manusko has 4 years experience and specializes in critcal care, CRNA.

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Hi everyone,

I'm interested in possibly going to school to become a CRNA (in a few years), and was wondering if anyone with a 2nd BSN after a non-nursing bachelor's has any information on if that is viewed negatively? My first Bachelor's degree was in Biology from an Ivy League school with a 3.3, then I went for a one-year accelerated BSN at a private university and currently hold a 4.0 (I imagine I'll graduate with around a 3.7-3.9). Then I'll of course work in an ICU for a few years..

So anyone have any info on an applicant with 2 bachelor's?

Don't know why it would matter or even look like a negative for having a second degree. Also, considering you are improving your GPA also looks good.

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Zaphod has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU-CCRN, CVICU, SRNA.

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There are a ton of Bio and Chemistry majors in CRNA programs. I have a Molec.biology/Biotech as well as Fine Arts degree +a BSN, so you wont feel isolated:) Focus on becoming an ICU rockstar more than anything.

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MurseWithAMission specializes in CVSICU.

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I had a BS in Psychology Pre-Med from a 4-year private college. In 2008, I went back to an accelerated BSN program and graduated in May 2010. Been working in critical care since and applied to CRNA school with around 1 year of experience. They offered me an interview and even scheduled my interview on the first (of three) day because my application was "extremely strong". I got accepted, and was even the first one called the morning they were making their acceptance calls. I like to think that they called in order of 1st rank down to last (but likely not).

I find that CRNA schools love applicants with more diverse of a background. Simply attending nursing school for 4 years, then working the minimum amount of time in a basic ICU does not look quite as good as having experience in another field, going back to nursing, and then working in a few different units. They like the life experience. Consider it a great thing that you have experience in another field via your 1st baccalaureate degree.

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