the entry "calling all applicants" has some useful information regarding what an admissions committee is looking for in a successful nurse anesthesia candidate

also, i just read a great post on allnurses. i don't know how many schools actually use this scoring tool, but i figured it was worth sharing.

I am in Birmingham, AL. My buddy got into UT Chat with a 2.8 GPA. He had to interview at other schools several times though. When you have a low or borderline GPA, it all depends on your competition at the time you are applying. Most of these schools don't just randomly choose students b/c they "like them". They have an objective process such as a scoring system. I talked to one of my instructors about the scoring system that they used. She said that this exact tool was pretty common for other CRNA schools across the nation. It's on a 100 point scale. The higher the score, the better.
-50 points comes from the interview - I had to interview with 5 different people on one specific day. Each interviewer could give you a maximum of 10 points. This is the only sujectivity involved.

-10 points was for GPA. They plot your GPA on a scale and it gives you a score from 0 to 10.

-10 points was for the GRE. Again they used a scale to determine how many points you are awarded.

-10 points comes from your references. Those check boxes that you see on referece pages carry a numerical value.

-10 points was for Math/Science GPA

-10 points came from Last 60 hours GPA. This helps the person that goofed off early in their college career before they got serious.

So, you see that even if you have a low GPA, it can be offset by exceptional performance in any of the other areas. Hope this helps alot of people. It would have been nice if I had known this prior to applying.