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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Well to be honest for the GRE I used Kaplan's review if I remember correctly, but probably any review would do fine. It was able to help me get a score that was well above the average the schools I was applying to required. As for how it is going, I am moving into my third and final year of CRNA school and boy has it been a hard and rigorous journey. I have never had so much information crammed into my head at such a fast pace. It really feels like it went really fast at this point, but it may have been because the studying was non stop and when I did get a break I usually had to write a paper or some other project I had to complete. CRNA school is nothing like any school I have ever experienced. I have had nights where I could only sleep 3 hours because I had to finish projects or study for a test. Then in the second year they threw clinical in with the massive amount of work so to say you develop good time management skills in an understatement. I am ready to be done, but am still enjoying learning. It is a bag of mixed emotions as you get burned out over and over again with little break time in between. I have to keep reminding myself what my goal is and I keep pressing myself to it. To sum it all up CRNA school is hard, but it is also very rewarding. If you go into this program and you don't have the resolve you may not make it through as this is that type of program, but if you are sure this is what you want then you can make it through and have one of the most enjoyable careers available.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

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    How I got into CRNA school.

    I was 30 when I started my classes if I remember correctly and the average of my class seemed to be around the 26-32 range with a few that fell outside that range. We had one guy that was 23 starting and someone I believe in their 50's as well.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Well I prepared for interviews by basically studying for the CCRN and CMC again before I went. This really helped me out at some interviews where clinical scenarios and questions came up. It is going to depend on the type of interview your respective school is going to give and you can get hints by speaking to the current students at that school, however, your interview might be unique to theirs depending on what you say and what their process is.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Good luck on your applications! Hope you get into the schools you are aiming for.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    First let me say that it is so great that you found out early that you did not want to do dentistry. I was foolish and did not even think to shadow until I was really far on in my bachelors.Now onto you questions. So as to should you continue your bachelors in biochem, this is kind of a question that is hard to answer as you are the one that has to decide that. My bachelors in bio helped in many of my classes for CRNA school so far, but is not required. I will give you my opinion, but remember this is only my opinion. If I could go back in time, I would have moved into nursing earlier as that would mean that right now I would already be a CRNA. So if I was sure that I wanted to be a CRNA and this was my path, I would swap majors. Since you are only a sophomore, you probably have the core classes you needed to get into the nursing program out of the way. Just check with your local nursing schools. I say this because the degree in biochem will not help you reach your goal of CRNA as many are now switching to a DNP that requires you have a BSN to enter. Second question. The scholastic portion of your biochem degree would play a pretty large role in you understanding the molecular level of drugs and how receptors/drug interactions occur. It would be a benefit to know these things, but unfortunately not so much of a benefit that I would spend 3 more years on it paying high tuition if I knew it would not lead me to my goal. I will sum it up like this. There are many people in my program that only went to get BSN's. When it comes to studying, they may have to put in a little bit more time on some of the concepts, but they still do well and will one day be great CRNA's. They did not need a bachelors in Biochem. So if you are sure that CRNA is your path, then hop on that path. No need for diversions. Again these are my opinions. It is ultimately up to you to decide what is best for your life. I hope this helped.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Alright, I am going to sign off for tonight. I hope I helped some of you. I will try to check back when I can and see if I can't answer any more questions if there are any. School is my first priority so please forgive me if it takes me a long time to get to your posts.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    The most challenging thing is trying to keep up with the work. You are bombarded with facts and knowledge about drugs, the body, co-morbidities, etc... down to the molecular level. When you begin learning the things here you will think back and wonder how you didn't cause a patient harm in some situations. You will be amazed at how much information your brain can hold. You really learn how to micro manage things when you are in school. I think a friend of mine summed up CRNA school best to me. It is like trying to get a sip of water out of a fire hydrant. There is so much information that it can seem overwhelming, but when you are determined and have your mind set that this is what you want to do, you do it. As for the school I am attending, it is Union University and my experience with getting accepted was actually very pleasant. That is one of the biggest things I have to compliment Union on is the feeling that every professor here really cares about you and wants you to succeed. I can't say that is the feeling I got from the other schools. So on the day of the interview, I sat down first in a little waiting room with current students that told me everything I wanted to know about how the program was laid out and how they were handling it. That experience was great. Then, after a bit, I had one of the professors come get me and bring me to a room where the interview was held. I will say I was super nervous going in, but as soon as I sat down, they made me feel like I was sitting at the table with family. It was so easy to talk to them and on a personal level at that. They wanted to get a grasp on who I was, not just what I knew. After 20 minutes the interview concluded. As I was leaving it really felt like I had just left a meet up with old friends. After that I went back home and I think it was about a 4 days later I got a call from one of the professors telling me I was in. He also told me that I could call him on his cell later if for some reason I thought I was dreaming. Really great and funny guy. So in the end my interview experience here was very positive and is probably one of the main reasons I chose Union over the other schools I was accepted to.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    The ones that I was told about were at UAB. I would call them and talk to them about it and see if it is still available.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Sounds like you have your plan set and all you need to do is execute it. First, age is not an issue unless you make it one. I have someone in my class that is in their late 40's and is super motivated. As for your plan, getting your Associate's is fine, but after getting out you will have to get your BSN before you can get in. I have heard of a few people that applied before they had their BSN, but it is required before the first day of CRNA school as is at least 1 or 2 years of ICU experience (this depends on the school). Again, one person in our class had six months ICU experience when they applied, but by the time school started they had their year completed. Just make sure you meet the minimum requirements at least. Other than that, keep yourself motivated and keep your grades up. After you get out, become a leader in the workplace during your time there and make your CV shine.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Well I am a bit late on this one, sorry about that. I agree with the person that posted under me. I would not accept a charge position unless I had a handle on the floor in which I work, or I had a large amount of ICU experience under my belt. ICU is a different animal to med/surg. Being the charge nurse you are going to be the one looked to when someone does not know what to do in situation that needs quick decisions made. When I was new to the ICU it was not something I would want to have. In the end this is only my opinion, you go with what you are comfortable with doing.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Sorry guys, been busy with school so have had no time to answer. So with ICU experience I have people with all backgrounds in my class. I want to say we have a pretty even mix of all except neruo and peds. I don't think it is that neuro or peds is frowned upon or anything, it's just we don't have that many in our class (we have one of each). So in the end, I don't really know if any one particular ICU is preferred. I will say that before I got in that people had me convinced you had to be in SICU or CVICU. I found that not to be true in the program I was accepted to. So my advice, it does not matter, pick the one you want. Just make sure you try to become a leader in your workplace (join unit councils, become charge nurse, help in evidence based studies). This really shows well in interviews that you are someone that can be relied upon and sets you apart from those that sit around waiting for the shift to be over.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Great to hear! Congratulations! Hard work really pays off.
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    Organic chemistry

    I can't speak for all CRNA schools, but for the few I applied to, organic was not required. I had it and Biochem and they didnt hurt, but I would check with the school you are applying too.
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    How I got into CRNA school.

    Congrats Mully and good luck in your interviews!!!
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