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As my goal in the future is to go to this specific NA school (as my only choice), I wrote a letter to the school asking for guidance as to what should I do to improve my chances of getting in. I have a BS from outside US in another field, in which my GPA was 2.87. I am a senior in the ADN program and my GPA is 3.85 (4.0 on science). I had already taken some prerequisites thinking that the normal route for me would be ADN-BSN.

So, I asked the school if I should take other science courses or go for my BSN. They said that whatever choice I make is suitable for acceptance as long as I maintain top grades.

Here is where the dilemma comes in.... Should I go for my BSN? It would take me just a year and is on-line. There is just one more course to take before I get into the program.

On the other side... I love science. I prefer 10 courses of science instead of one of English (Writting). I would rather take bunch of sciences courses.

What would you do? What do you think would be better appreciated?

Thanks

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Trauma Tom specializes in SICU, Anesthesia.

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Ask yourself what you would do if you could not get into the school of your preference. Would you give up your goal of becoming a CRNA if you could not get into that school, even if you could get into other schools. If the answer is no, I would choose the BSN route. This will give you more options for schools to apply to. Keep in mind, we are all nurses, and a large number of schools are taught by nursing schools. Some of the courses in your BSN curriculum should be science related, such as pathophysiology or pharmacology. Granted, some of the courses are not science related as such, however, they will apply to your graduate degree. Getting into anesthesia school is difficult enough without limiting yourself by only applying to one school. To improve your chances I would apply to more schools. Having your BSN will only give you more options IMHO.

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As my goal in the future is to go to this specific NA school (as my only choice), I wrote a letter to the school asking for guidance as to what should I do to improve my chances of getting in. I have a BS from outside US in another field, in which my GPA was 2.87. I am a senior in the ADN program and my GPA is 3.85 (4.0 on science). I had already taken some prerequisites thinking that the normal route for me would be ADN-BSN.

So, I asked the school if I should take other science courses or go for my BSN. They said that whatever choice I make is suitable for acceptance as long as I maintain top grades.

Here is where the dilemma comes in.... Should I go for my BSN? It would take me just a year and is on-line. There is just one more course to take before I get into the program.

On the other side... I love science. I prefer 10 courses of science instead of one of English (Writting). I would rather take bunch of sciences courses.

What would you do? What do you think would be better appreciated?

Thanks

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A BSN is easier than getting a science degree-- I know, because I did both! I'd go for the BSN but maybe take a hard science class or two to prove to admissions committies that you really can handle the science classes.

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I'd go for the BSN. Every single CRNA program accepts the BSN. In addition to that, if you do well in the BSN then that would be a mitigating factor in regards to your GPA from your previous degree. If you want to take more sciences then I'd shoot for an organ/biochem course(s).

Hope this helps.

Donn C.

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