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Hi my name is Cameron and I am going to be starting my Sophmore year in college where I am majoring in Nursing. I have read through these forums and done the research on AANA, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of how to become a CRNA. I had over a 4.0 GPA at a pretty big high school and I have a 4.0 GPA so far in college. I took a Pre-Nursing class in high school where I shadowed a CRNA and nurses in the Pulmonary and Cardiac wing of the hospital. I also racked up about 50 volunteer hours in the hospital. Even before I shadowed the CRNA I was wanting to become one, my teacher required us to do a career report and while I didn't do mine on CRNA's I saw the report of someone who did. I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me, I know I need to get at the very least 1 year of experience in adult ICU. The question I have is my university to get my BSN requires 5 credit hours of Introductory Chemistry *edit Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I&II, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology. Those classes are all before I begin nursing school edit*/ Are there some extra classes that I should take to make sure that I would be able to get into a CRNA program?

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japaho41 specializes in MICU & SICU.

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Chemistry: You would at least want to take organic & some programs require Biochem as well.

What I suggest is to do your research on 5 or so perspective schools that you could possibly forsee yourself applying to and look at their prereq's and go from there.

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NurseHerms specializes in SRNA.

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Hey there Cameron. Good luck with your Nursing school. Sounds like you are definately on the right track with your GPA. A couple of classes you might consider taking would be another chemistry class(organic) and statistics. A lot of programs require those. Some even require physics...although those are few and far between. One thing you might want to keep in mind too is that when you graduate, working in a cardio-thoracic ICU would be at the top of the list of experience that schools are looking for. I have worked in cardio-thoracic ICU's for the past two years since graduating, had roughly an overall GPA of 3.5 or so(a little higher for nursing classes) and I got in to school on my first application. Hope that this helps you! Best of luck in your school/career.

Herms

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I just read my post over again and I think I worded what I was trying to get across wrong. This is for future posts, and I think the two people that already gave advice understand what I meant. I said that the only class that my university required was Introductory Chemistry. What I meant was it is the only chemistry class required. They still require Statistics, College Algebra, A&P I&II, Microbiology, and Pathophysiology before all of the nursing classes. My question is should I take some extra chemistry or math courses?

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dfk has 11 years experience as a RN, CRNA and specializes in Critical Care, Emergency.

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extra math won't help, and most schools want an undergrad statistics. go for organic I atleast. biochem will definitely help. the physics you will pick up in school, although, check with each program and see exactly what it is they want. traditionally, most BSN programs give you what you need, but not all, so again check to see the requirements. as for ICU, CTICU or SICU are the two top units the adcoms like to see. also, you may want to focus on getting a good GRE score (>1000 on verbal/math combined). remember, with all of this, you want to have all these classes and GRE within 5 yrs of applying/acceptance. just my thoughts ~

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