Pre-CRNA course offered at BARRY

  1. Hello, has anyone heard about the Pre-CRNA course offered at Barry University? I was wondering if it is worthwhile being that it is 3,000 plus 150 for books and they do not offer financial aid for it because it is considered "an elective."
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  3. by   PaSSiNGaS
    I don't know much about this course but that price is a complete joke for an "Intro" course into basic sciences. If you're worried about your GPA or to boost your current application I would recommend trying to take a grad level patho or pharm course over this obvious money making course for Barry.
  4. by   jj224
    Save your money
  5. by   loveanesthesia
    Take that $3150.00 and put it away for when you graduate. Credentialing and getting to work can take 2-4 months. That will be a lot of money then.
  6. by   BigPappaCRNA
    Complete waste of time and money. Everything you need to know, you will be taught in school.
  7. by   m1lkofamnesia
    Don't do it. Use the money to buy Apex Anesthesia (it's a lot cheaper too!). Get the 3-year subscription--I highly recommend it to supplement learning during didactic AND for studying for boards.
  8. by   Shanimal
    Yikes. I just looked at the course description. There's no WAY I'd pay that kind of money for what it offers. Especially because it doesn't count towards any degree requirement. It's advertised as something to help prepare potential applicants for entry into a nurse anesthesia program or to help someone determine whether a career in nurse anesthesia would be a good fit.

    These are my opinions of course, but I'm sure many others will agree. The absolute BEST prep I had for anesthesia school was having solid work experience in a high-acuity ICU (and in my case, an ER too). The other stuff the course says it offers--a review of intro level chemistry, physics, pharmacology, physiology, and math--can be easily gleaned from FREE resources. Heck, for that kind of money just take a couple of graduate-level science courses that will offer you more prep than intro level stuff.

    If a potential applicant is just trying to figure out if a career in nurse anesthesia would be a good fit or not, then SHADOW, and do so in different practice settings. Show up at state AANA meetings and network--these events are often free.

    When I see a course like this that costs as much as it does, I can't help but suspect the worst of intentions--intentions that do NOT favor students.
  9. by   devaughn0906
    I have a friend who took it and was admitted to the CRNA program the following spring. Not sure if they use it to assess candidates for the program or not but it appears that way. From talking to her it seems that everyone who did well in the class was invited for an interview and ultimately admitted.

    It is expensive but in general the program is expensive. My advise, take it, what could it hurt. Its like taking the CCRN, its not always required but it does make your application stand out.
  10. by   tachymurse123
    Thanks for all the input everyone. You are all awesome.
    I should have also said that I have been accepted into a program and now that I have, I am realizing that I do not remember very much from my chemistry courses being that they were taken over five years ago and I am also realizing that six months is not a long time to review everything all over again. This course offering chem that focuses on anesthesia is very alluring to me.
    I would totally take it in a heartbeat if it was closer to 1,000. But 3,000 does seem way steep. Like some of you said I could take a entire semesters worth of courses for that price at some colleges.
  11. by   DreameRN
    I'd say take a gen chem class at your local community college if you want to review---for probably <1/3 the cost. I retook an online chemistry from my community college before I got into my program and it's been very helpful...In my chemistry/physics class i'm in, there is nothing I haven't been able to understand and it gave me a great foundation and refresher. They will teach you the anesthesia specifics, so just refreshing the basics is what you need, I promise. Save that extra money and take a trip to see someone you love before you go to school and they own your life for 3 years. just my .02 cents. OR you could start going through Khan academy chemistry or physiology if you are a motivated self learner.
  12. by   tachymurse123
    I found a good general chemistry class I think I will take. Thanks for the advice.

    I also found some fun-looking pathophysiology courses. Does anyone think taking another pathophysiology class would be benefitial? I just do not want to take too many classes right before starting the program.
  13. by   PaSSiNGaS
    You already got into school, why take more classes??? You will learn everything you need to know in school. I suggest just relaxing before starting and if anything just get a good physiology book like Constanzo and read over that. Save your money, you will need it.

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    I found a good general chemistry class I think I will take. Thanks for the advice.

    I also found some fun-looking pathophysiology courses. Does anyone think taking another pathophysiology class would be benefitial? I just do not want to take too many classes right before starting the program.
  14. by   jj224
    Khan academy if you're REALLY dying to brush up on stuff.

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