SRNA hopeful with some years to go



I am looking for some advice for getting into CRNA school. I've got a few years till I'll be ready, but I wanted to get some advice on the past path I can take. I am going to enter an accelerated bachelor of science program this May. A few years ago I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my schooling and recently graduated with a 3.37 GPA in university studies with a minor in biology.

Question 1. Can I still be a candidate for CRNA school even though I retook general chemistry? I took the class as a freshmen and received a C. Then the next semester I retook it for a B-. I thought about working towards medical school and took general chemistry II and met my future wife in the class. Sadly, I got a C-. Later (and with some maturing) I learned that I wanted to be a nurse anesthetist and retook general chemistry for an A-.

Do I still have a chance?

if it helps, my other science classes were;

Anatomy and physiology I and II (B and A-). stats (B) Pharma (B) Pathology (C) General bio I and II (B- and B) Sociology (A) General psych (A-) Developmental psych (A-) Human Embryology (A-) general Physics I (B) Microbiology (A-) introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (B+)

I also started to take genetics and didn't know how to drop the class. I was a sophomore and didn't know what I was doing and ended up with an (F). It was a really stupid mistake that I wish I could take back.

Q2. I am already working with a director at a hospital to work in their ICU trauma level 2. Is this good enough experience for work in a city like Boise to meet the needs for even applying?

Q3. Is there any advice you can give me that might be me be the best applicant possible? I am already planning on getting my CCRN and working for at least 2 years before applying anywhere.

Thank you in advance for your time.



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Also, I was able to shadow a CRNA for about 20 hours and loved the experience.


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My advice would be to continue building your gpa up HIGH the next few years and work on building your resume by volunteering places, being on councils, and even things like a state science fair project etc. I say this because when you’re ready to apply, you’re going to be competing with people who will have more years ICU experience and that is a major deciding factor. So make it stand out. Also, look into obtaining your TNCC and NISS and any other certifications to add. Good luck and don’t give up!

Specializes in SRNA. Has 9 years experience.

It's certainly possible for you get into CRNA, but it will take a lot of work. My first piece of advice is to quit taking classes at a school that uses the plus/minus grading scale. Second, it will help you to take some upper-level sciences and get As. The ICU you are mentioning should be fine. Go ahead with the accelerated BSN program - but get all As. You need to prove that you can make the grades - to yourself and the adcoms. I would wait until you get done with ABSN to take anymore classes so that you are getting the experience while taking them. You'll likely need at least 2 years ICU experience to get in, which you're already planning on doing. Keep putting one academic foot in front of the other and you can do it. Keep choppin' wood!