CRNA class profile

  1. Hello All!

    My name is Patrick. I am 35 and will graduate with a BSN next spring 2019.

    I am very interested in attending CRNA school and I worry my age can be a factor for admission.

    This post is to inquire about current or future CRNA candidate's resume more specifically:

    How old were you at the time of acceptance?
    what was your overall gpa?
    what score did you get on the GRE?
    How many years did you spend in the ICU?
    Would you recommend taking part of research to boost my application?
    Would you recommend volunteer work to boost my application?
    Did you pass the NCLEX on the first attempt?

    Very Important: what is the fastest way to get to the ICU? (I was recommended to take part of the New Grad Star program)


    Thank you very much for your input. It will be very much appreciated by me.

    Best Regards,
    Patrick
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to SRNA forum
  4. by   PICU-Murse
    How old were you at the time of acceptance?
    ~~28 years old

    what was your overall gpa?
    ~~ Cumulative was low like <3.0. Last 60 was 3.85

    what score did you get on the GRE?
    ~~308 and 4 in writing

    How many years did you spend in the ICU?
    I applied with 6 years

    Would you recommend taking part of research to boost my application?
    ~~I didn't but I'm sure it would only improve your chances

    Would you recommend volunteer work to boost my application?
    ~~If you want to volunteer, more power to you; however, I can't see how or why a CRNA program would care.

    Did you pass the NCLEX on the first attempt?
    ~~Yes

    Very Important: what is the fastest way to get to the ICU? (I was recommended to take part of the New Grad Star program)
    ~~I was accepted into an ICU right away. I had great references and experience as a STNA.
  5. by   NursingTheory
    Thank you for your response.

    Do you believe age is a deciding factor by the admission committee?

    Thx again for your input.
  6. by   ICUman
    Quote from NursingTheory
    Thank you for your response.

    Do you believe age is a deciding factor by the admission committee?

    Thx again for your input.
    It can be but generally not. How old are you? Most SRNA's are between 25-35, but a fair amount are older than that as well.
  7. by   NursingTheory
    Im 35. By the time i apply i may be 40
  8. by   ICUman
    Quote from NursingTheory
    Im 35. By the time i apply i may be 40
    My partner graduated anesthesia school at 43, and I had a coworker that was 47 in a program. Go for it.
  9. by   NursingTheory
    Thank you ICUman.

    One last question: do you feel your ICU experience helped you in anyWAY FOR the CRNA program?

    Thanks a million.

    Very much appreciated
  10. by   ICUman
    I am not in a CRNA program, rather preparing to apply. Yes, ICU experience gives you the basis to succeed and familiarize yourself with much of what is needed during the program. Specifically medications, hemodynamics, codes, etc.
  11. by   CowboyMedic
    I'll play, I am not in a CRNA program but I am in the application process.

    How old were you at the time of acceptance?

    Not accepted yet but currently 34 and expect to start when I'm 35 (hopefully), I got my paramedic at 25 and my RN at 31.

    what was your overall GPA?

    Overall 3.18, Science 3.79, Last 60 hrs 3.8

    what score did you get on the GRE?

    298, 153V 145Q 3.5W

    How many years did you spend in the ICU?

    Currently at 2 1/2 years in a Med-Surg-Neuro ICU

    Would you recommend taking part in research to boost my application?

    I haven't except for what was required for my BSN. Some schools look at this as a plus and others don't even look at it.

    Would you recommend volunteer work to boost my application?

    It wouldn't hurt. As with research, some schools want volunteer work and others don't mention it.

    Did you pass the NCLEX on the first attempt?

    Yes, all 265 questions of that damn test. Also passed my CCRN on the first try as well. If you are serious about CRNA then get your CCRN.
  12. by   NursingTheory
    PICU-Murse, ICUMan, and CowboyMedic,

    Thank you very much for your input.

    I was thinking about the CCRN certificate. Its good you brought that up.

    Thank you all.
  13. by   DreameRN
    How old were you at the time of acceptance?
    lower 30s

    what was your overall gpa?
    prenursing- not great, i think around 3.0. nursing was 3.5, science was 3.2 after i retook classes

    what score did you get on the GRE?
    ~~309 and 4 in writing

    How many years did you spend in the ICU?
    I applied with 10 years

    Would you recommend taking part of research to boost my application?
    Not really. sciences more than anything else if you want to boost your app

    Would you recommend volunteer work to boost my application?
    ~~not really. none of the applications i did for any school had a volunteer spot other than resume maybe

    Did you pass the NCLEX on the first attempt?
    ~~Yes

    Very Important: what is the fastest way to get to the ICU? (I was recommended to take part of the New Grad Star program)
    ~~Not sure what new grad star is, but if it's gives you a job in the ICU, then do that. Otherwise, apply to hospitals anywhere that have ICU open...the higher acuity the better.
  14. by   CFRN1088
    How old were you at the time of acceptance?

    30
    what was your overall gpa?

    3.59 for my Associates, 3.76 for my BSN. I had a few classes when I was 18 that I got either a W or a D in. I had to explain why in the interview.

    what score did you get on the GRE?

    I didn't take it. None of the schools I applied to required it. They want CCRN.

    How many years did you spend in the ICU?

    5, but I didn't really feel like I was comfortable until the 3rd year.

    Would you recommend taking part of research to boost my application?

    I'd recommend you be a really good and knowledgeable ICU nurse, nobody cares if you did research but are lacking clinically/at the bedside.

    Would you recommend volunteer work to boost my application?

    I did go on a trip to Nicaragua as a medical volunteer. I feel like this helped set me apart, and it is a reason I wanted to pursue anesthesia.

    Did you pass the NCLEX on the first attempt?

    Yes

    I also got my CCRN, CTRN, TCRN, and CFRN certifications while working as a bedside nurse. I feel like studying for all those exams helped expand my clinical knowledge. My employer paid for every single one of them and they cost me nothing. At the very least you 100% need to have your CCRN - the interviews are based on a lot of the clinical questions that test covers. You *need* to be a strong critical care nurse before you are a SRNA/CRNA.

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