Getting Into CRNA School

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Bigz in Terre Haute, Indiana

103 months ago

hey derrick...CRNA schools are not highly competitive, but getting in is not easy either...most schools want a gpa of about 3.0 to 3.2 and a good score on the GRE, but from my experience 3.0 -3.2 is not going to get it...your going to need a GPA of about 3.5-3.7 and get a score around 1000 on GRE....I hope this helps and good luck

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RN in Indy in Indianapolis, Indiana

95 months ago

I am an RN at a large hospital in Indianapolis working in an ICU. Unfortunately, there are not any CRNA programs in Indiana. I plan on going back to school for my Master's next fall (at which time I will have 2 yrs ICU experience). As of now I am going to go for adult NP...anyone know how easy it is to make a transition from adult NP to CRNA?

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Joy in Oakland, California

90 months ago

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Also, beware that in the near future, you'll need a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) to be a CRNA...but those who go through now and get the Masters CRNA may need to go back years from now and upgrade to the DNP.

Since I posted that, I've done more research. Those who get their masters to become a CRNA will be grandfathered in. Programs will begin switching their curriculum in 2015 and all programs will have made the switch by 2025. By 2025, all who wish to become a CRNA will need a DNP. Those who are already practicing will be grandfathered in.

Sorry for the previous misinformation. Hope that helps.

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Blueabyss in Dunedin, Florida

80 months ago

There are so many CRNA schools now the market has started to become flooded. Especially here in Florida. New grads are REALLY having a hard time finding work. And some that have been working for years are finding the hospitals Dropping their pay and letting AAs work which is a person that gets into an anesthesia program without getting their BSN in Nursing

So before you decide to do CRNA school look at how many Fewer jobs their are. More jobs in the North of course.

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nicole in Columbia, Missouri

77 months ago

Joy in Oakland, California said: [QUOTE]
Also, beware that in the near future, you'll need a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) to be a CRNA...but those who go through now and get the Masters CRNA may need to go back years from now and upgrade to the DNP.

Since I posted that, I've done more research. Those who get their masters to become a CRNA will be grandfathered in. Programs will begin switching their curriculum in 2015 and all programs will have made the switch by 2025. By 2025, all who wish to become a CRNA will need a DNP. Those who are already practicing will be grandfathered in.

Sorry for the previous misinformation. Hope that helps.

I thought this was only for the NP masters programs. Nothing has really been said about the CRNA programs since they have different responsibilities that NPs do.

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Joy in Ukiah, California

77 months ago

nicole in Columbia, Missouri said: I thought this was only for the NP masters programs. Nothing has really been said about the CRNA programs since they have different responsibilities that NPs do.

This applies to all advanced practice nursing specialties, including CRNAs, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives and Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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Scott in Amarillo, Texas

74 months ago

Derrick in Seaside, California said: Hey everybody,

I am currently on my way to receiving a B.S. in Nursing at SUNY Buffalo in New York. I was wondering how competitive most CRNA programs are and what most of the schools look for in an applicant.

Thanks in advance!

It's pretty competitive but it's possible. I got into TWU after 3 years of ICU experience. My buddy is using this program by ANS Career Pro called "CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts" It must work because he only has one year of ICU experience and already has 3 interviews scheduled. Here is their website hope it helps www.anscareerpro.com

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meme in Augusta, Georgia

73 months ago

Dazo in K-Bay, Hawaii said: Hey Derrick, I am on the same path. Probably a little behind you bcuz still working through getting out of the Marine Corps. However, I just wondering if you've gotten anything back on this because it's what I wanted to do as well. I thought you had to be an RN in ICU for atleast 2 years in order to get accepted into a CRNA school.

Well, Good Luck.

Most schools do require 1 t 2 years expeerience in specific ICU setting like surgical icu neuro nicu peds are not geneally accepted however i think ER experience should be considered at this time because of the lack of bed avaibility ICU patients are are managaged for long periods of time in the er.

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CRNAwantabe in Fort Worth, Texas

73 months ago

Hey everyone! My name is scott and I was curious how strong my chances are of at least getting an interview. GRE 900, GPA 3.2, ICU experience 2 1/2 yeras, working on my CCRN. I have already job shadowed so that is out of the way. Any advice would be GREAT!

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rjorn1 in Nashville, Tennessee

70 months ago

Hey all, just sharing my experience, stats(two interviews at the two schools I've applied to).

5 years ER/Trauma. 1250 GRE, 3.9 GPA. I'm hoping that my experience doesn't shoot me in the foot, and that my score and previous academic success will bring me through!!

I've got an interview at Case Western in Cleveland on Monday...super excited!!

Happy hunting my people.

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nick baker in Redmond, Washington

69 months ago

I also am applying. Heard it really helps to getting acls certified and pals certified. Just did my acls online at www.aclscertification.com and will do pals later.

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magge in Boston, Massachusetts

69 months ago

lol

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icurn in Nashville, Tennessee

69 months ago

RN in Indy in Indianapolis, Indiana said: I am an RN at a large hospital in Indianapolis working in an ICU. Unfortunately, there are not any CRNA programs in Indiana. I plan on going back to school for my Master's next fall (at which time I will have 2 yrs ICU experience). As of now I am going to go for adult NP...anyone know how easy it is to make a transition from adult NP to CRNA?

there are some programs like that are shared programs fnp/crna. vandy has one. good luck.

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Elliott in Tucson, Arizona

69 months ago

Houston, Tx is a massively international medical city. Something that I haven't noticed anyone mentioning is physician references. They can make a real difference. All of the CRNA programs that i am familiar with are through established medical schools. A reference from someone affiliated with the medical school goes very far toward making one stand out. Biochemistry knowledge helps enormously. Every physician that I know who was a biochem major had an easier time in med school, so a CRNA candidate might want to consider that, as well.
Good luck in your quest.
Elliott

Derrick in Seaside, California said: Hey everybody,

I am currently on my way to receiving a B.S. in Nursing at SUNY Buffalo in New York. I was wondering how competitive most CRNA programs are and what most of the schools look for in an applicant.

Thanks in advance!

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RNWolf in Muncie, Indiana

66 months ago

Adrianne in Austin, Texas said: Do you work for them or something.It doesn't help to get your ACLS or PALS, it is required!

Your ACLS and PALS, needs to come from AHA, most places will ONLY accept AHA ACLS and PALS course.

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crna1984 in Harlingen, Texas

25 months ago

Jake in Boston, Massachusetts said: Hi, my name is Jake, I'm currently studying nursing as a freshman at University of Massachusetts Boston. I was wondering if you folks can give me advice or recommendations on what I should do during my college years and how it is going to be after I get my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. I have read somewhere that sometime around 2015 to 2025 that they are only gonna accept CRNAs that CRNA program only accepts students that has DNP degree and not a Master's Degree.

Also, would my chance be higher if I had more than 2-3 years experience in ICU/Critical Care or those 2-3 years of experience is enough for me to get in? Any tips on getting high scores on the NCLEX/GRE?.

Hi Jake,
I noticed you posted this awhile ago, but just incase you are still looking for advice here ya go. Since you have probably already graduated with your nursing degree I will focus on advice for after nursing school. The ideal work experience in ICU is 2-3 years. Anything over that has the possibility of hurting your chances of getting into CRNA school. The reason is that schools see anything more than 5 years in ICU as being a long time out of school. This means you haven't been exposed to things like studying, tests, and being in the "school mode" in a long time.

It is true CRNA programs are starting to transition from a MSNA to a Doctorate of DNAP. I pulled this from a good anesthesia website: "There is a mandate that by 2025 all CRNA schools will be awarding a Doctorate Of Nursing Practice Degree (DNAP) in-place of the Masters Of Science In Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA). However, starting in 2022, no nurse anesthesia programs will admit students to master’s degree programs." Here is the full article if you want to read it: www.crna-school-admissions.com/blog/doctorate-vs-masters-degree/

Hopefully that helps

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crna1984 in Harlingen, Texas

25 months ago

Scott in Amarillo, Texas said: It's pretty competitive but it's possible. I got into TWU after 3 years of ICU experience. My buddy is using this program by ANS Career Pro called "CRNA School Admissions : The Cold Hard Facts" It must work because he only has one year of ICU experience and already has 3 interviews scheduled. Here is their website hope it helps www.anscareerpro.com

Hello Scott,
I noticed you have the old company name and website address in your post. A few years ago they changed their name to "CRNA Career Pro" (which to me makes more sense), and their website is at www.crna-school-admissions.com/ . I am not sure if their program has changed, because I haven't bought it since they switched everything up. Hope that clears up any confusion, take care.

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Brian in Philippines

24 months ago

RNWolf in Muncie, Indiana said: Your ACLS and PALS, needs to come from AHA, most places will ONLY accept AHA ACLS and PALS course.

That is true for schools but it's not true for hospitals or clinics. I would say you're going to want to get ACLS and PALS by the AHA before going to CRNA school but after that I know a ton of CRNAs that renew through www.aclscertificationonline.org. Mostly because they have big discounts specifically for CRNAs. Just check with your boss before you take it online to avoid any headaches.

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Brian in Philippines

24 months ago

icurn in Nashville, Tennessee said: there are some programs like that are shared programs fnp/crna. vandy has one. good luck.

Why would you go for an NP if you eventually want to be a CRNA? Some states license CRNAs as NPs but it's all about what you want to practice. Avoid the student loans and just do CRNA at a state school.

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Peripatetic CRNA in Marina Del Rey, California

13 months ago

Good morning -

For anyone interested in learning more about how to get into CRNA school, I recently started a blog detailing my experience getting into school, my experience during school, and my experience as a new grad CRNA. Feel free to check it out. Would love to hear feedback from anyone who has questions about the journey in becoming a CRNA or if you have questions/comments about the website itself.

www.lifeasacrna.com

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