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mrdearmas

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mrdearmas has 1 years experience and specializes in Critical Care/ICU, Trauma.

Happily married to my beautiful wife, with 2 beautiful daughters.

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  1. Hey everyone. My friends and I are graduating our CRNA program in 6 weeks. Our curriculum since June has consisted solely of Apex, so we all feel very prepared for boards. We are trying to figure out how to expedite the process of sitting for boards and getting our license. We are in a California. I did some searching on here and didn’t find anything. If anyone has any tips or tricks please share! Thank you in advance.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    hopefully they will see your reply now. If not you can hit the quote button under what they wrote so it is a direct reply to them. you can also try to private message them if need be
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Me? I will have the minimum time requirement in ICU for TWU, of February of the year before the program. So basically 1.5 years at time of matriculation. BSN GPA: 4.0 (they made a big deal about that) GRE: 315 TNCC, PHN, along with a list of other basic and smaller certs 160 shadow hours I also think I had very strong recommenders who wrote great letters.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    ivaninhabar: I'll be at Colton this August. Aggie_nurse: I think the site does matter. Colton only take up to 11 tops, and they fill up immediately. I heard Mobile is one of the last sites? Just what I've heard. Call and ask. They are always willing to help you succeed. Good luck!
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    2017 CRNA School Applicants: General Thread

    Thank you. I didn't pursue Kaiser. I opted out of USC mainly for the drive, and I stopped the process with Kaiser for the same reason. It would have been too much with the commute and work, and moving closer isn't an option.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    I honestly couldn't be sure. I was just told that the TWU course is a "refresher," and you need to already have a basic knowledge. It is just to bring you up to speed and recall all the stuff you haven't used in a decade. And I don't know about people interviewing and not being accepted. Haven't heard it yet here, but this is the only Avenue I would hear it from.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    It's online. I haven't seen any I go posted about it I got all my information from someone there (I apparently can't post names on here).
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Progressive thinking has it dead on. The ~$140k is cost of attendance, and the ~$81k is cost of tuition. The difference is what you can get from your loans to supplement your bills. You don't have to take that much. When I did the math with the financial department, it averages to about ~$2,500 per month in living expenses. It won't always be that cause it fluctuates based on your credit hours, but that is what it averages to.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    I would call and check, but I think you are correct. I didn't know you had a chemistry course already. I was told the refresher course is very difficult. I suppose it depends on how comfortable you are. Ultimately, you can meet the requirements, but make sure you are comfortable with the material so you aren't trying to learn or refresh while doing coursework! Just passing along the pointers I received.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    So I thought that their chem course was all I needed. I was informed that it will satisfy the requirement if you tool chem a long time ago and need to refresh. It is not a stand alone course. Kind of deceiving the way it is written on the site. I am taking intro to chem (inorganic) at Iowa Central Community College online. I'll do it as fast as I can and probably take their intro to biochem and organic chem combo course too. I'll start in January. Check it out. I may take the TWU course also after these just so I know what is expected of me during the program.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Sounds like you have good experience. Your GPA is the only thing that isn't great. If you get your CCRN and do really well on your GRE, it will help overshadow that. My GRE was 315 and I had a 4.0, but I didn't do the CCRN and I had the minimum experience time (ICU last February). I worked ER/Trauma before that starting in September. So I had 1 year total when I was accepted. Study for those and you'll do well I think. Also make sure your science GPA is good.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Congratulations. I have a 45 minute commute. That's short in my eyes. Good luck with the move. It will come before you know it.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Progressive thinking and Kimber1108, congratulations! I was told the start date is August 21st and that will be in Fort Worth for the first 2 weeks. That's 3 of us confirmed for Colton. Mi_top_rn, yes you need to know what the peep does, fio2, rate, and volume. Those at least. Good to know the different types too like AC, SIMV, etc and what they are used for. My work has the RTs do everything too, except in my rooms. I adjust my own vents as needed, order my own ABGs if I think I need an update and adjust to the results, then let the intensivist and RT know what I did. I've never had either tell me not to do it or I did something wrong. Every nurse I work with though calls me crazy for doing it, but it has made me much more proficient with the vents. Ask your RT to teach you if you need it. That's how I started with them.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    The acceptance email I was sent after the phone interview stated that I had to accept and pay my seat deposit within 14 days. I read before the deposit was $500, but mine was $1000.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    I have read that TWU is famous for pharm. They want to see that you know about the drugs, drips mostly, that you use most. Know the pharmacokinetics, what receptors they bind to, normal dosing and uses, etc. Have some idea of what to say about common diagnoses you see and a little patho about them. I think most important is to be calm and be yourself. Show them you are confident and if you don't know, say you don't know.
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    Texas Wesleyan CRNA 2017

    Congratulations!!!
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