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How do I get into CRNA School?? Help!!

by evarg006 evarg006 (New) New

I've been looking around the forum and found a bunch of great information as to what I should be doing in general to get an application ready for CRNA school. I'm just about to graduate with my BSN from a state university and want to know if anyone could give me some advice on what I should be focusing on more for my application. Here's some info about me:

- I graudate from an accelerated program (GPA 3.43) this May.

- GRE 1240

- Previous Bachellor's degree in Microbiology and Cell Science (2007)

- Previously worked in clinical research for 3 years between degrees and was involved with 3 publications

- Shadowed CRNAs while working between degrees

- I already took a lot of the undergraduate pre-reqs that some schools recommend: organic chem, biochem, inorganic chem, stats (I used to be pre-med) for my fist degree (2005-ish). Does anyone know if it would be a good idea to re-take them, how strict are CRNA schools about the time-frame for accepting the classes?

- I am already looking for a job in an ICU, hopefully in a Level-1 trauma center.

- How important is it for me to get the CCRN before applying?

I just feel a little lost as to what I should be doing after I graduate, aside from working, of course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

missnurse01, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

yes I would do your ccrn...learn learn learn at work-there is a ton of critical care stuff you dig deep on.

Most schools list on their prereq page as to whether they have a age requirement for their sciences, I had to knock off some schools for that reason.

Looks like you are on track! Yes get great experience and you will look good to adcom.

good luck!

From what I have researched, it is important to have at least 1 year in ICU experience, however it would depend on the school that you want to attend for CRNA. That is a great field. I am motivated to go that way also as soon as I get into Nursing School. Go for it. CRNA is where it is at :lol2:

Definitely get your CCRN. While most schools list this as recommended, it is better to think of it as required.