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  1. Hi SRNA-2020, I apologize for the late reply. Spring semester just began in full swing. I am fortunate to have my insurance through my spouse, so I can't recommend any advice on that aspect. As far as additional financial assistance, it is sparse. I received a scholarship through my program that totaled around $800. It was much appreciated, but barely put a dent in my tuition. As far as loans go, myself and all of my classmates have just taken out federal loans. We've heard from previous students that it's best to wait and transfer to another loan servicer/company after graduation. My best advice is to pay off as much debt as you can prior to starting and have an emergency fund at the very least.
  2. These posts were extremely helpful when I was in the process of applying to school and wondering what to expect. I'd be happy to return the favor and answer any questions one might have.
  3. Right. I was disagreeing with your comment "I've found the most important things programs are going to look at are first your GPA while you were in school." Hence why I said schools typically look at the "whole package" rather than one "most important" aspect. I agree though that if you're weak in one area, it can be made up by a strength in another area. Just trying to encourage applicants who are deemed "hopeless" by some posters. Best of luck on your program.
  4. I have to disagree on this aspect. My program used a scoring system. They didn't zone in on one aspect (like GPA), but rather the application as a whole. I also did not have my CCRN when I interviewed.
  5. I want to start by admiring your determination. Great job! It takes hard work to take the steps you took after your initial bad grades. You can certainly gain acceptance into CRNA school. Several of my classmates had subpar GPAs and still gained admission. One individual had a 2.6 GPA, but did really well on the GRE and killed the interview. The most important part of your application will be your personal statement. Acknowledge your lack of commitment early on and explain the steps you've taken to turn your life around. Try to do really well on the GRE. I was in the opposite position. I had a great GPA, but a mediocre GRE score. GPA is only one component of the application! I mentioned this earlier, but a good, humble attitude will quickly overshadow a bad GPA. I took general chemistry through a local community college and advanced pharmacology through a university while working as a nurse and prior to applying to CRNA school. Try to find courses like these to take to stand out. If you really want this, don't quit. You can do it!
  6. I've chosen not to mention which specific school I attend until I graduate. Many schools have different requirements. General requirements are usually: 1 year ICU experience, BSN, GRE, and 2-3 letters of recommendation. Programs are highly competitive so any additional certifications you can obtain will make you a stronger candidate.
  7. To be honest, both. Some concepts are easy to grasp, others are very difficult. I feel as though theres a good mix though. It is truly a massive volume of information, but not all of that information is difficult. It's doable, but takes a considerable time commitment. As I said in an earlier post, I still have free time, just not nearly as much as I had in my BSN program. Anesthesia is mind blowing. It's so much more than I even imagined. So much thought goes into each case and each patient will present with different variables that can alter your anesthetic plan. It's truly an art.
  8. You'll do fine. Loans should definitely be sufficient without a family to support. Keep your nose to the grindstone. The professors describe the course load as "drinking from a firehose", but I find the material interesting and enjoyable, so that helps. Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. Best of luck!
  9. No I am considered out of state. My tuition is nearly double that of an in state student.

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