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FLTraumaRN has 14 years experience and specializes in Trauma ER and ICU...SRNA now.

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    I think your GRE is fine. I wouldn't retake it. I think your chances are very good. I know people in FIU and UM's programs with lower GPA and GRE's. Get good letters of reccomendation. Shadow a CRNA (this is pretty much required anymore). Consider CCRN and any other certifications you can get. And sell yourself at your interview. All 3 programs have pluses and minuses. Figure out which fits you best and hopefully you will have an option among all 3. Good luck on your quest
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    Work contract before school

    I would look over the contract very closely. I would personally rather have loans than sign early. What if you don't like the group, or they aren't crna friendly. I have also heard that some students end up not liking the kinds of cases they thought they would before school. It really limits you. Plus, it can also limit your income after school. Some things I would look for in a contract: can you break it? what's the penalty? what percent interest do you owe them if you don't complete it? I heard as high as 19% on some contracts. Do they guarantee you a job? There is a univeristy where I am that offers contracts to crna's to work in their 2 hospitals after school. But, reading the fine print it states that they don't have to offer you a job. You have to apply and interview with everyone else. Plus, if you don't get a job with them, 18% interest starting 30 days after you graduate. Not after you are licensed and working. Just wanted to give you some things to think about. I have spoken with a group here, but look at signing with them as a last financial resort. Plus, they give better sign on bonuses than they offer to pay for school. Good luck on your decisions
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    Haunted by a couple of grades

    Not if you keep your grades up now. My schools tend to look at your nursing grades and the last 60 hours of course work. If your overall GPA is good, you should do ok. If you are worried, you can always retake them, but I wou8ldn't if I were you.
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    Help! Need Advice

    Most schools that require the GRE use it heavily in interview decision making. IF you figure there are 3-4 applicants for every seat, a lot of them will all have very similar experience. They have to use something to narrow down the list. GPA and GRE scores are 2 of the things they use. I would reccomend that if you really want this you do whatever it takes to get it. I don't know your situation, but there are schools that don't require the GRE. You can consider those. Consider taking a GRE class. And, yes. I would retake it. They are not just gonna change their minds.
  5. You want a killer lettter of reccomendation. Maybe try finding a MDA to shadow and having them fill it out. Just make sure you pick someone who will support you and can speak to your skills. And yes, you will need a form for each school to give to your letter writers.
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    Am I competitive to apply this year? Advice.

    I would stress the acuity of your patients and being on the code team more than the navy experience. It's impressive what you have done, but that's the past and doesn't apply to wether you are a good canidate for CRNA school. This of course is my opinion. Just make sure that what you stress in the interview you can back up with good knowledge. If you say you do dopa gtts, you better know about it. I wouldn't worry to much about swans, a lot of units don't use them too much any more. I know Barry has a critical care test, so study up on that if you interview there. FIU will be having their interviews in early December this year, so I would get stuff in as early as you can. You can always add to your file...ex. CCRN cert. Good luck!
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    loan for tution and living expense

    theres a ton of good info on this site, just do a search. Basics: stafford and grad plus through the school first. This is a certified loan. The school sets a cost of attendance and you can't borrow from the feds above that. Then, there are a limited number of lenders who will do a non-certified loan for you. Non-certified means they don't contact your school for approval. The check comes straight to you. The numbers of lenders offering this type of loan have decreased but they are out there. If you have good credit or a co-signer you should be ok. If not, they will rake you over the coals in interest and fees. But, beggars can't be choosers. Non-certifed lenders: This is just a few....and in no particular order Campus door My RicH Uncle Suntrust Wellsfargs Chase
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    Question about some prereqs..It's an easy one--promise

    For app and interview a current science is probably best...chem/physics. I personally didn't do that. But, MSN course like patho, pharm...etc would prob be good choice plus a good review for when you do get in.
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    does it help to study before school starts?

    I am sure studying before school could be a help. I took two of the gen. masters courses first and that for sure helped. But, for me the best thing I did before school started was to take about 3 weeks off. No school, no work and just relaxed. That was great therapy for me.
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    To get into CRNA school

    As a current FIU student, if you can take any of the general MSN courses prior to starting the program, you will be way better off. Pharm, theories, patho are all good classes and most will transfer. It depends on the program. I am not sure what UM will accept as I didn't apply there.
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    ok..will try to keep this short. CRNA school is hard. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. If it is what you want to do, do it! If you are just bored or looking for something to do, think twice. I would suggest before you make a decision either way, to investigate the field. Shadow CRNA's and really see what they do, you will need this for your application and interview anyways. But, yes it's definitely doable. I am also living in Florida and had my first day of CRNA school on Monday. And trust me, it's not a cake walk. But, I love the field and am willing to sacrifice whatever I need to achieve it. The financing is much harder to get than it used to be, but money is there. Some hospitals and anesthesia groups can also help pay for school, but of course at a price to you. IF anyone chooses this route, I would just reccomend really investigating the contract. Good luck...it can be a hard road, but worth it in the end.
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    Question about some prereqs..It's an easy one--promise

    Some course will transfer. IF you are talking about graduate courses, most schools I looked into would only accept 6 credit hours of transfer classes. Plus, most anesthesia programs won't let you transfer much. If you are interested in a program that gives you a MSN with an anesthesia specialty, they usually have some general courses you could take like patho, pharm, theories...etc. The one benefit is that by taking grad level courses and doing well, it will look good on your application and interview. Shows them that you can succeed at graduate level course work. Good luck
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    SRNA Advice

    Most schools use gre scores for 2 things. One narrowing down the list of appliacants to a decent size to offer interviews. Second as a factor on who gets an actual spot. Some schools have formulas that they use and the gre score is part of the formula. I think it plays a minor role once you get an interview, but if two applicans are the same in every other way the gre score can be used to make a decision. Apply, go for it. Congrats on the gre score
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    Bet my GPA is lower than yours. . ugh!

    Well, it wouldn't hurt to take some graduate level classes, especially science classes. I would also consider contacting the program director of the school of your choice and have them guide you. Most are willing to point you in the right direction. Where there is a will there is a way. Plus, you will be 45 no matter what you do. If you want to be a CRNA and are willing to work to make it happen, then go for it!
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    Do PAs go to Med School?

    They may share some classes and be trained similar, but they are not the same. The patient has a right to know they were taken care of by a mid-level practitioner. Be it CRNA, PA, ARNP,etc. PA's have 2 years training post bachelor's degree and PA's work under the supervision of a physician. They may or may not have any medical training prior to starting the PA program. And they don't have anything close to a medical residency. I am not knocking PA's or any mid-level practitioner, but they aren't doctors and they shouldn't portray themselves as doctors.
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    Hospitals offering tuition for CRNA School

    I would say for you to read the fine print of any contract very closely. It usually is not very attractive. My hospital offers a scholarship also, but I did not accept it after I read the fine print. My hospital offers a much better package as a sign on bonus after school. Plus, some hospitals will send the scholarship money to the school. The problem with that is that is decreases the money you can get from stafford and grad plus. So, you still need private loans. I would just say to explore your options. Use it as a fall back plan if you can't get loans or if you run out of money during the program. Good luck!