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When I apply for CRNA school I will have 2 years experience in the Neuroscience ICU and 2 years experience in the CVICU at a Level I Hospital rated top 50 in the country for heart surgery. I have my CCRN and I precept new graduates. I will have completed an online course in biochemistry and taken the organic/biochemistry course that VCU offers.

I did horrible my first year at school and changed my major to nursing. I never went to class and my grades reflected that. But once I switched majors to nursing I was on the Dean's List almost every semester. My Nursing GPA is probably 3.5-3.6. My undergrad GPA total is 3.1 with a BSN. I also will be taking a graduate level pharmacology course. And say my GRE will be 1050, (I will be taking that very soon). What do you think honestly that my chances are of getting into CRNA school? Any suggestions on what to improve would also be great.

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I'd say your chances are great. I'd leave out the accomplishments of the hospital (The top 50 thing). The school will be interested in you and what your knowledge and responsibilities are. There are some great nurses in crappy hospitals. Otherwise, klnock out an 1100 on the GRE, and present a well organized essay.. I imagine you will be invited for an interview.

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BULLYDAWGRN has 10 years experience and specializes in ICU/ER/TRANSPORT.

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I've never been to an interview before, but I have several friends that have went in the last yr or two, and a handful who have just graduated within the past few yrs. some from samford,lsu,uab and ut-chat. I'd say as far as on paper you are very competative with what they had going for them. I guess do well in your interview, but what do I know.

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japaho41 specializes in MICU & SICU.

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Your application looks complete. I believe that when you are your app is complete and so are 100 other candidates it comes down to the interview that can make the difference.

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Your credentials look good and are competitive as you apply to NA school. Your experience and training in neuro-ICU and CVICU will definitely give you an edge, something I did not have while working in a community-based coronary care unit (CCU) in rural South Carolina. I did, however, get all the basics of critical care and 3 years CCU experience before applying to 3 North Carolina programs. Getting your CCRN and taking advanced science courses, pertinent to your studies, will make you an ideal candidate. Prior to applying, I only had ACLS, PALS, 3.65 overall GPA (3.8 Science), and 1400 GRE composite. For advice: just be yourself in your statement of purpose and during the interviews, focusing on what you "really" know, what you've learned and are defecient in, and what challenges you feel you might face in NA school based on your background. The admissions committee will look for honesty, integrity, and being down-to-earth. I was open and honest as I elaborated both on paper and interview that I had limited experience with Swans, balloon-pumps, open-heart cases. Therefore, I noticed that I was asked only on what current experience I had and what I thought would be challenging to me in NA school. I got accepted to all 3 schools and will be starting in January 2008 at UNC-Charlotte/Carolinas Healthcare System. Last words of wisdom: know what you really know going into the interview, be honest, sincere, and open to both complements and constructive criticism. (i.e., if you don't know the answer to a question, just say so!) Good luck!

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zozzy777 has 11 years experience and specializes in Critical care/ER, SRNA.

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When I apply for CRNA school I will have 2 years experience in the Neuroscience ICU and 2 years experience in the CVICU at a Level I Hospital rated top 50 in the country for heart surgery. I have my CCRN and I precept new graduates. I will have completed an online course in biochemistry and taken the organic/biochemistry course that VCU offers.

I did horrible my first year at school and changed my major to nursing. I never went to class and my grades reflected that. But once I switched majors to nursing I was on the Dean's List almost every semester. My Nursing GPA is probably 3.5-3.6. My undergrad GPA total is 3.1 with a BSN. I also will be taking a graduate level pharmacology course. And say my GRE will be 1050, (I will be taking that very soon). What do you think honestly that my chances are of getting into CRNA school? Any suggestions on what to improve would also be great.

HI! I believe your chances are just as good as anyone who has a 4.0. I graduated with a 3.1 with a BSN, did average on the GRE and got into Case Western in Cleveland. I believe if you can get an interview that is the major deciding factor. You just have to apply and see what happens. Good luck!!

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Putu2Sleep specializes in ICU.

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Thanks for all the posts. I was worried because of my first years GPA and all the Ds and 3 Fs I had. But since then I made all As and a few Bs. Thanks again for the incouragement.

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yanka12 has 5 years experience and specializes in Critical Care only.

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4 years exp. in CCU,CCRN,RT with GPA 3.38...I am SRNA class of 2009.

I'd say you have GREAT chances!

Good luck!

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When I apply for CRNA school I will have 2 years experience in the Neuroscience ICU and 2 years experience in the CVICU at a Level I Hospital rated top 50 in the country for heart surgery. I have my CCRN and I precept new graduates. I will have completed an online course in biochemistry and taken the organic/biochemistry course that VCU offers.

I did horrible my first year at school and changed my major to nursing. I never went to class and my grades reflected that. But once I switched majors to nursing I was on the Dean's List almost every semester. My Nursing GPA is probably 3.5-3.6. My undergrad GPA total is 3.1 with a BSN. I also will be taking a graduate level pharmacology course. And say my GRE will be 1050, (I will be taking that very soon). What do you think honestly that my chances are of getting into CRNA school? Any suggestions on what to improve would also be great.

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