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    Allegheny CRNA program 2019

    I interviewed with them last year, and can personally attest to the interview process being exactly as described. After the initial standard program overview, I went with the director in her office and got drilled with clinical questions for about an hour. It was my first CRNA school interview, so I wasn't as prepared as I probably should have been, but it was also much tougher than the other two interviews I had. I did not get in, but was invited to interview again the following year. Luckily, I got in elsewhere, and will be starting this January. Good luck to those interviewing this cycle. I definitely don't recommend taking this one lightly, from a preparation standpoint.
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    Becoming a CRNA

    Keep in mind that a lot of loans will let you defer payments if you re-enroll in school. While CRNAs are all going to be doctoral-trained by 2025, any program starting 2023 or later has to meet this requirement, since the 2025 deadline refers to graduates. Finally, while it may seem easier to go the MSN route first and finish the DNP later, if your end goal is DNP, then enrolling in a DNP program from the beginning is the faster and cheaper route. Completion programs are fairly expensive, and tend to last just over a year. The difference between DNP and MSN is only 9 months at most schools. I hope this helps!
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    University of Pittsburgh CRNA 2020

    Wanted to join this conversation for a couple of reasons. I interviewed last year, and was offered a 2020 start date, with wait-list for 2019 (spot didn't open up). Since I'll be starting at Pitt next Jan., I hope to follow this thread and get to meet my future classmates. That said, if anyone has any questions about my interview experience, I'd love to help. What I can say is that the interview process is actually way more relaxed than I expected. Out of the 4 hours, about 2 are spent on presentations about the program. Roughly one hour consists of a tour of the simulation facility along with a chance to ask a current student (tour guide) questions. The last hour was spent on 10ish minute 1 on 1 interviews with various faculty members, rotating through their respective offices. For those interested in stats, I'm 35, have been an RN for 8.5 years. I did 4.5 years in an endoscopy/medical procedures unit doing conscious sedation, and have since been in a med surg ICU with some cardiac thrown in. My grades aren't stellar, as I initially got a degree in biology, with a mediocre 3.16 GPA. I later went through an accelerated BSN program and finished with a 3.46 (non-transfer GPA was 3.6). I do relief charge, precept, have my CCRN, and had my GI certification at my old job, and have served on some committees as well as headed a couple of small projects. GRE scores were 160/163/4.5 for verbal/quant/analytical. I hope this helps clarify questions those heading into interviews may have, and hopefully alleviates some anxiety.
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    LaRoche CRNA program

    The clinical component was long, and is 1 on 1 with the program director. I think I was in her office for close to an hr, and was asked about Swans, basic EKG stuff, and a fair amount of pharmacology (definitely know your mechanisms of action and receptors involved). It's definitely intimidating, but it was also my first interview, and I was beyond anxious. I hope this helps.
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    La Roche/Allegheny SOA CRNA 2018

    Sorry, I just now saw this. My interview last year was rough, and it was also my first from the schools to which I applied. After the initial presentation about the program, I spent close to an hr being asked clinical questions 1 on 1 by the program director. I was terribly nervous, and probably a little unprepared for this, and did not do as well as I wanted. She was nice and asked some guiding questions when I fell off track, but I left feeling pretty disappointed. The interview with the assistant director was mostly personality questions, along with a couple of clinical ones, and went much better. Ultimately, I did not get in, but they asked me to come back and re-interview for the following year. Luckily, I used this experience as guidance for future interviews, and was ultimately accepted elsewhere.
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    Any current Pitt DNP students here?

    I'm wondering if any current University of Pittsburgh DNP SRNAs are on here, and might have time for a few questions. I will be starting in January, 2020 (wait-listed for 2019 too, but that's becoming unlikely), and was hoping to pick someone's brain about the program a little bit while I wait. I'm planning on taking some courses online during Spring and Summer terms, and it would be nice to have insight from someone who has already gone through them as I make my selection. I'm also curious to talk a little about their experience at Pitt, as I anxiously wait my start date.
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    Case Western Reserve - 2019 entry

    I got an interview invitation a few days ago. I've already been accepted into a program, but it's DNP to start Jan., 2020, so later start and finish. I'm trying to clarify a few details before scheduling my date and flights. One of the enticing things about CWU is the partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, and subsequent stipend during school in exchange for a 2.5yr employment commitment. I'm wondering if anyone knows any further details on this component. Is employment reimbursement competitive with regional averages? Is there any fine print not otherwise mentioned?
  8. I agree that in the short term, there would definitely be no impact. I'm just wondering if there any reason to speculate that reimbursement and/or job availability will be affected in the long term, maybe 10 years down the road.
  9. I was admitted to a doctoral program starting Jan., 2020, and was planning on continuing to apply for master's programs that start in the fall of 2019, since those would end a whole year sooner than the doctoral program (I'm in my 30s). However, I am wondering if anyone has read much about potential reimbursement differences in the future, with regard to level of training. Despite master's level trained CRNAs being able to perform the same duties as doctoral trained ones, has there been any speculation regarding whether insurance (especially institutions such as Medicare) will begin to reimburse differently in the future? I could see things moving down the same road RN training has, with many employers either giving preference to BSNs or paying them a differential, but I am unfamiliar with how things work for independent practitioners who bill separately.
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    Etiquette for references?

    Thanks everyone for the input. I was more curious regarding sending thank-yous after initial acceptance or when I finish, since I will likely apply to a few more schools, in case I get an earlier start.
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    Etiquette for references?

    I'm curious what proper etiquette is for thanking references for their time, especially if one will continue to apply past an acceptance. I was wait-listed for next year, and guaranteed admission the following year, so I will continue to try for an earlier start elsewhere, just in case. I'd like to let my references know, since they were instrumental in the process so far. Do most send thank-you letters, maybe with a small token of appreciation, or just let them know as I would for a job application?
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    University of Pittsburgh CRNA 2019

    My call came today! I was offered admission for 2020, and wait-list status for 2019. Keeping my fingers crossed to move up, but excited either way!
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    University of Pittsburgh CRNA 2019

    The last time I heard from them, they said they are holding an interview session the first week of June, and will be making all final decisions afterward.
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    University of Pittsburgh CRNA 2019

    I actually emailed them for an update this morning and heard back from one of the faculty members, saying that my application is still under consideration, even though I didnt get a call last week. He mentioned they're having one more round of interviews at the beginning of June before making final decisions. It's a little unclear if I'll still get an answer by June 1, based on the priority deadline, or if I'll have to wait til the end of the month when they've interviewed everyone, but I'm happy knowing that I'm still in the running.
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    CRNA Job Shadowing in Oregon

    I believe all the Legacy hospitals use primarily CRNAs in their ORs. The best way to go about it is to just call the general hospital line and have them transfer you to the main OR desk or to the Short Stay unit. They should be able to then direct you to the right person to talk to. Kaiser employs them too, but I'm not sure how extensively. If you're based in the Portland area, it shouldn't be too tough to find a place to shadow. You may also want to spend some significant amount of time shadowing some nurses, though, as you will have to work in bedside nursing for a few years (possibly in a couple of different specialties if you don't end up in critical care right out of nursing school) before applying to CRNA school. If you don't enjoy that work enough to really devote yourself to it in preparation for a nurse anesthesia program, you may have a hard time making the transition.