View Full Version : Are There Crna Schools Easy To Get In?
12-09-2007, 03:20 PM
Is there a difference between private or state schools? Which are easier to get in?
Thank you a lot.
I do not have the good chances. I have GPA 3.7, planning to take CCRN. GRE is a problem too, because English is a second language for me. I am almost ready to give up the dream of becoming CRNA.
I am a believer of people trying to live their dreams, but if you really want to be a CRNA, you need to know how competitive it is and why it is so.
First and foremost, CRNAs must be better practitioners that the other groups that also do anesthesia. To be the best, the educational process is difficult, which includes both academic and clinical. You must be strong in both areas and also, be strong emotionally. It is a tough ride.
That is not to say that you don't have a chance, because frequently the most highly motivated are the best students and ultimately make excellent anesthetists.
I would recommend that you ask to discuss your educational goals with program directors of several schools. Ask for an honest assessment, ask them for direction of additional courses you can take and clinical experience that would put you in a more competitive position.
By the way, accreditation for ALL anesthesia programs demand high standards, so it is unlikely a school with lower admission standards would be around very long.
12-13-2007, 11:01 AM
Maria, don't give up on your dream. Have you considered the MAT (Miller Analogies Test)? I was recently accepted to CRNA school. It took me awhile to get up the nerve to take the GRE. I studied for about 6 weeks and I did much better than I thought I would. However, while studying for the GRE I discovered that I'm pretty strong with analogies.
The MAT can provide another option for you. I'm not sure how many schools are accepting it, though. I encourage you to consider my alma mater, LSUHSC in New Orleans, LA. LSU has launched a heavy recruitment strategy for minorities. Since English is a second language for you, I'm pretty sure that you qualify for the new program.
There's more good news. LSU will weigh your GPA with your GRE scores. Your GPA is awesome which means that you wouldn't require a remarkable GRE score. In fact, I have friends in the program now who didn't have the minimum recommended GRE score of 1000. But, they had GPAs in the same range as yours.
The other CRNA program in LA, Our Lady of the Lake College uses the same admission standard. Your GPA will overshadow your GRE score. OLOL College is located in Baton Rouge, LA.
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