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Spurs_up DNP, CRNA

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Spurs_up has 20 years experience as a DNP, CRNA.

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    Advanced practice business

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    CRNA: Will my stats qualify me?

    Schools really look at three GPAs: your overall, your science, and your last 60 (nursing). Look at your grades and see where all of these land. If you notice weak areas think about retaking any class that you got a C or B in and get an A. This will boost your GPA the fastest. I have friends who have gotten in and become successful CRNAs with GPAs lower than yours. Long story short don’t give up and keep applying and you will get your shot one day. Also apply to multiple schools.
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    UMD CRNA 2019

    Don't be conflicted I am a current student at UMB. From all of our experience none of were asked those type of questions.
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    UMD CRNA 2019

    There was no written test or clinical questions.
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    Nurse Corps Scholarship Odds?

    Look at HPSP from the Army. It covers full tuition and books, a $2,200/month stippen, and much more. The catch is you have to give 2 years for every one year you accept the scholarship. CRNA is the only nursing profession that they will accept, they also take Med and dental students. You can call an AMEDD recruiter and ask for info about the health profession scholarship program (HPSP). Hope this helps
  6. If you have a license you will get a job. I have never held a job that asked for my transcripts, keep your grades up from here on out and you will be fine. You can still get into a masters program as well. Getting a C+ isn't the end of the world, trust me it will be okay.
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    CRNA school waitlist

    First off I can't speak to being waitlisted, but don't think of chasing your dream as being a failure. It's your first year applying and many people don't get in their first year. I know for a fact that there is at least 3 people who were waitlisted in my program that got in. One person was asked to join the program about a month out of the start date. Keep in mind that my school only accepted 22 students during my year applying, so you still have a shot. Remember, interview season is just really starting to ramp up, so there is a chance that people will except entry into other school over the next few months. I only applied to one school as well, but I feel like most of my classmates were accepted to an average of 3 schools. These are just small things to keep in the back of your mind, but I am sure the school will be more than happy to speak with you about your potential and it will also get your name out there again. Best of luck and always remember you can take course work only classes like advanced patho and such to lighten your load for when you do start school.
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    University of Maryland CRNA 2018 Start Date

    Everything will be sent via email, they will call you on selection day, then you will receive and email with your acceptance letter and they will also mail that same acceptance letter a few weeks after that. Like I have mentioned before I received my request to interview in mid October. If you have not received an interview yet I would call the program and ask to check on your status. There are people who incorrectly entered their email and caught it this way in the past. Trust me they will be more than happy to help. If your stats are good and you have yet to get an interview I urge you follow up with them. You would be surprised at how many little delays can hold up your application that can be resolved quickly by you if you only knew. Now I know you might be thinking what are good stats so here you go: 1) GPA over 3.5, not saying below it is bad but if your above this you should be fine. 2) this should apply to all your GPA's; overall, last 60 credits (nursing), and your science. 3) the science GPA will impress the committee the most. CRNA school is heavily based on science, I would guess 90% of the material. 4) appropriate amount of good experience. I know people think we only care about level one trauma center, but we really care about your knowledge of taking care of sick people. You should be the person that people go to for questions or at least feel comfortable answering and explaining why we do these things. 5) the CCRN also helps, I believe that the majority of my classmates have theirs. If you don't have it and got an interview I would suggest taking it before your interview. At this point you just want to separate yourself from the pack. Hope this helps a little and everything works out for everyone on this post. Best of luck and be persistent.
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    University of Maryland CRNA 2018 Start Date

    If I remember correctly that displays once you have submitted everything. That phrase will haunt you over the next few months. Your interview request will come via the email you submitted in your application. Be on the lookout for and email offering an interview with a few dates to select from. I would assume the interview request could come out anytime, but as I mentioned in an earlier post I received mine in October. I know the waiting game is hard right now, but soon things will really get hectic. Good luck to all of you. here are a few hints that will help you prepare for your interview (if I think of more later I will post): - Go to the AANA website and read up on current events and probably familiarize yourself with them. - be able to speak to why you want to become a CRNA. - know what a CRNA does (hint: it's not puting people to sleep) - wear a business suit, this is your first and only impression you will give them, so don't waste it trying to make a fashion statement. Dress like a CEO, it will make you more confident. - sitdown and write out some possible questions you would ask someone if you were the program director. Brainstorm through and develop a solid response. I did about 40 questions. Now the tough part begins, you will want to look in a full length mirror and start answering your questions. Pay attention to your posture, eye contact, body language, and try not to say "ummm" between every word. - as I have mentioned before if you get an interview try to relax, they selected you so on paper they know you can make it through the program. Now they want to get to know you, the only reason to be nervous at this point is if you are not worth getting to know. - I hope this helps a little, I have been in your shoes and remember the feeling of excitement mixed with uncertainty. Don't worry that feeling will go away, just kidding it never goes away, maybe after graduation. EspinozaCVICU, just wanted to follow up on a previous post you had. It seems as if you were military. This program seems to have a lot of people who are prior service. Probably 80% of faculty and maybe 40% of the students, including myself.
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    University of Maryland CRNA 2018 Start Date

    To all that are applying to Umaryland Baltimore CRNA program please read. First off congratulations on beginning your exciting journey, Maryland is an awesome program with great professors. The program truely has a student first mentality. I have been in your shoes before, so I am familiar with questions that haunt you about the process. Interviews will take place around November, so don't be worried if you don't hear anything back one day after the application deadline. I was offered an interview sometime in October. Once you get your interview many if not all of you will begin to conjure up the worst case scenario in your head. I am here to tell you relax, if you were given an interview the program committee already knows you can manage the demanding school work. This is your time to shine as an individual, I call it the beer test. It is pretty much questions to see wether or not you would want to have a beer with that person. Will your personality gel with the faculty, hospital staff, and most importantly your fellow classmates. The later being most important, since you will end up learning from one another. Best of luck during this journey and who know maybe I will speak to a few of you during the interview.
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    Moving to San Antonio upon graduation. Any advice?

    I just moved from San Antonio to Maryland to start anesthesia school this June. San Antonio is a awesome city with a lot to do. Most of the job opportunities for CRNA's is in outpatient surgery. They use a lot of CRNA's in the the hospitals in Austin. It is an easy drive from San Antonio to Austin, it took 53 minutes door to door from downtown San Antonio to a hospital in downtown Austin. Congrats and good luck, if you have any questions on San Antonio feel free to ask.
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    Questions to ask the dean?

    You want/need to know to the following things from all the programs: 1) Are you competing with residents for cases during clinical? 2) How much regional experience does the average student get throughout the program? After the they discuss their numbers you should follow up with a question regarding the quality of the experience. Are this numbers all hands on in practice or are some of them reflective of lab/simulation/direct observation? 3) how many cardiac cases does the average student graduate with? 4) how many clinical sites do they have? Will you have to travel/ relocate for a a month or two to participate in a clinical site? Pretty common for a student to move temporarily to fulfill a clinical. My friends and I are all in different programs and we will all have to travel at some point during school to do clinicals.
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    CRNA Application Profile

    Apply now! You're a qualified applicant and I am willing to bet that if you apply to three schools you will most likely get into all three, maybe two on a bad day. Plus keep in mind that you will not be starting school till for 6 months to a year after that interview, so you would have around 2 - 2.5 years of experience once starting the program. Don't waste a year waiting to apply. Apply now and enjoy the ride it will be memorable time.
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    First Bachelor Gpa or 2nd Bachelor Gpa?

    Programs will mainly look at your science, nursing GPA. I would worry to much about your medical school grads. Truthfully it will probably increase your chance of getting in since I doubt many people interviewing against you will have a previous medical degree on there CV. In my experience applicants are really to worried about there GPA, the GPA really only helps you get that interview. What gets you into school is how you present yourself during the interview, what I did was made sure I had all the right experience and credentials needed to separate me from the rest of the pack. You will be suprised at how many people you will meet when interviewing who have only step down experience or do not even possess any certs (CCRN, TCNN, ATLS.....). So long story short, you will be a great candidate on paper and will get plenty of interviews, after that it's all up to you. PS. Don't even acknowledge the first guys post
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    Lowest GPA for CRNA

    I feel that GPA helps to get you an interview, but once you get that far they want to know if they would like working with you. Your GPA looks okay, especially your BSN. I would retake that algebra class that you got a C in when you are done with your BSN and working the floor. It will help boost your GPA plus anesthesia programs usually have a physics class geared towards delivery of anesthesia. You will definitely need to have a sound understanding of theses basic algebraic concepts to succeed through the physics portion. Also get your CCRN and start joining committees or organizations. Any little thing to separate yourself from the pack. Even volunteering helps.
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    University of Maryland (UMD) CRNA program starting in 2017

    You can email me at msusc25@gmail.com, feel free to email me with any questions. I am from the the DC area and I am fairly familiar with Baltimore.