I applied, and was accepted to MSA to start for the fall of 2011. I can tell you that the program is 27 months, integrated design (class, and clinicals at the same time), You go to 5 different clinical sites including 2 different 3 week rotations to a rural facility, a two week pediatric rotation, and your last clinical site is an elective site you get to chose. I hear the instructors are great, very fair and nice. They have an excellent board passer rating for first time test takers, it's like 96% and the national average is in the 80's.
As far as getting in, well it depends. There are students who get in who have the minimum requirements, and then there are some who don't get in with 4.0 GPAs. In my interview I was told they aren't looking for someone who gets all A's and at the same time they're not looking for someone who gets C's. They want to see in a typical applicant, someone who can demonstrate time management well. Like me, I had just finished my BSN, had finished my ADN two years prior, I have a family, I was working almost full time, and was on our Unit Council which was a committee designed to make our work environment better for patients and nurses. Anyway, I had a lot going on and I did get all A's in my BSN program. I also feel that in the interview they are looking for students who have great personalities, someone who will fit well in the class, someone who will get along great with other students, someone who will help other students without worrying about themselves only. I did make it well known in my interview that this is something I had been working towards for the last 9 years. I will show you a snap shot of my application package below, but i wanted to let the adcom know that i was ready for this challenge, and not only me, but my wife and kids. I told them about our financial plan, about our support system we have in place. I told them about life experiences that I had encountered, and how that will help me in school. I just went "all in" and told them everything about me, and how i was ready.
I will show you what I had on my resume...
GPA 3.4 overall
A's in A/P 1, Chemistry
B's in Micro, and A/P 2
C's in Biology and Physics
I had a 3.7 for all of my nursing classes, and a 3.9 for the last 60 credits. Don't know if they put more emphasis on one GPA versus the other. I've heard it doesn't matter as long as you have the minimum requirement.
3.5 years in the PICU
On Unit Council
I was an Anesthesia Aide while I was in nursing school, which is essentially a Nursing Assistant for CRNA's. This gave me great experience and hands on experience with anesthesia equipment and the environment in the OR.
I was in the Air Force Reserves for 8 years, recieved the "Outstanding Airman of the Year" award for the entire AF Reserves from 2003-2004. Was deployed to Kuwait for 7 months as a Medic.
As far as my LOR, I sent in two extra letters that weren't required. I had to have one in from my Nurse Manager, two nurses I worked with, my previous supervisor who was the Chief Anesthetist when I was an Anesthesia Aide, my dean of my BSN program and for this I set up an appointment to talk to her about my experience at the program and what I learned that will help me in Anesthesia School, and then I sent in the extra two which were from an ENT surgeon and an Intensivist, both of which were very personable and spoke about my level of competence.
You also have to write an essay about why you're chosing Anesthesia as a career. I made sure I told a story in my letter. How I was first exposed to the job, all of my experiences I had, my plan to limit stressors while in the program, ect... I made sure every sentence had a specific purpose, and that they didn't say the same thing. I spent about 6 months on my whole application package, and turned it in about 4 months prior to when it had to. I also hand delivered my application, so #1 I could see the school for myself, and #2 so they could see me and I could meet some of the people at the school. I don't know if this seems excessive, but like I said I went "all-in" and I wanted to do everything I could to make sure this was the one and only time I applied to Anesthesia School.
I hope this helps you, and although I can't tell you specifically about classes and such, i start Aug 24, I could only tell you what I know, and what I did for my application. Good luck to you, and I encourage you to apply to MSA!