Fairly laid-back interview. Overall great program (just look at the 1st time pass rates!).
Jonesboro is a great program for any student, but even better for those who want an incredible education but don’t want to compete with hundreds of 4.0 students to get in.
This is my review of Louisiana SU of HS.
I am very grateful to be in a CRNA program and I love almost every minute of clinical but there are things I wish I would have known and considered before selecting this program. Some programs do everything they can to make students successful. LSU is not one of those programs.
- Programs such as VCU and TCU video record their lectures so that every student can easily go back over the material. LSU has refused to support their students in this manner and banned any videos of their lectures.
- You may have received PPT notes in undergrad or could from many CRNA programs prior to class. LSU refuses, despite numerous student requests, to post PPT files for students. When students complained so teacher retaliated by only posting outlines instead of PDF files.
- The program director is rigid, authoritarian, and regressive toward technology and student requests for advancement.
- The negative atmosphere between the program director and the SRNAs is so bad that the class of 2016 dis-invited the faculty from their graduation party.
It would be my recommendation to any applicant of any program to take the time at interviews to carefully question faculty about how they use technology to support their students and ask if they provide what have become basic tools for success such as PowerPoint notes and video supplements. These are very powerful tools and could make a difference during the course of your program.
The Mayo Clinic CRNA program is fantastic. The interview process is a brutal all day affair but once you are accepted, they support you the whole way. Almost all of your clinical rotations are at Mayo so no traveling and they pay you a stipend once you start your rotations. I have seen patients here that have come from all over the world to be at the Mayo Clinic for surgery.
There is no preference given to anesthesia residents simply because there is enough to go around. The faculty are great, facilities are great, and the town is great. Nice small city for a family but the winters are brutal. I would and have recommended this program to friends.
Excellent program! I was worried about this school because it has a shady past. Apparently a few years ago faculty falsely documented clinical hours and ended up getting fired for it. The new director of the program has improved upon everything. The classes are very structured and we are only tested on material actually covered in the assigned readings or lectures. The teachers have all been excellent thus far.
The director does not allow discrimination of any kind and always stands up for students. Only one mandatory clinical location is out of state and the Virginia Beach area is very nice. All of the preceptors in clinical have been fair and none have been rude. I have talked to a few of those about to graduate and they all have jobs already. I highly recommend this program to all interested. Also, my Bachelor degree is in another field and it was not held against me.
Old Dominion University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program has changed dramatically. New faculty, new building, and a new curriculum have transformed this program. I am a current student, and I am happy with my decision to come here.
The program is run by a program director who has been a program director at several other schools. The program is organized, transparent, and fair. It is not an easy program though, but its small size allows students to receive a lot of attention.
The clinicals are mostly local and the program has a strong rural CRNA practice emphasis. All techniques are taught is this program.
I would recommend Rosalind Franklin University to anyone wanting a great experience in a CRNA program.
Didactics are excellent and really prepare you for clinical.
We have an anatomy class with cadaver dissection that is unbelievable and really gives you an edge once out in clinical and doing nerve blocks.
Pharmacology is taught through the university and is a great class to cover all medications that you could possibly run into. We also have anesthesia pharm as a separate class.
Our director is AMAZING. She is really down to earth and enjoys teaching and seeing people succeed.
We have many clinical sites and these give students an opportunity to experience a wide variety of cases.
Our clinical coordinator will work with students to get them the experiences they need. Every student has well over their number of cases for each component.
The program is relatively new (5 years), however, I would look for this program to be one of the best in the next few years.
As a current student, I feel comfortable saying I would choose this program over any other in the state. Having spoken with friends in east coast programs and graduates from Minnesota schools, Saint Mary’s University has a reputation for its outstanding clinical experiences. I do have some criticisms which will be addressed below:
Clinical experiences; hands down, we have the best clinical portion compared to other state schools. Though this means driving out of town for a couple months at a time and staying in school provided housing, we get the most CRNA only practice experience and the most regional anesthesia and interventional pain management.
Instruction; although there were some transitional bumps when [name omitted] stepped down as the A&P instructor to teach position [omitted full time], the replacement instructor is a physician scientist and researcher from the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt.
Accommodation; we have had several instances of classmates with medical and family emergencies who have received special accommodation so that they may continue without having to withdrawal.
Restructuring; the program is currently preparing for DNP integration and has had a few changes in staff and classes. I’m sure things will be fine once the dust settles but I know the class behind us feels they’ve been jerked around a bit.
Didactic education; I’m not much of a lecture person anyway but I have had some classmates feel as if their educational needs weren’t addressed in adequate depth during lecture. Again, I never felt as though this was an issue.
Attrition rate; SMU is kind of known for losing a student or four before the final year of the program (addressed further in “other”). For our class this was for poor academic performance or poor clinical performance. This is fair. The program director and clinical staff do their best to help struggling students, almost too much. To me, it seems like some students that were cut should have been a semester before and time, energy, and tuition were spent flogging a dead horse.
Dropping out 1/2 way through is expensive. Yes, because we are front loaded most of the credits, and therefore cost, are incurred at the beginning of the program. This is a big problem if you did okay with the books but can’t function with a laryngoscope in hand as you just paid a majority of the tuition and now have to seek an alternate career.
Why might SMU lose 2-4 students/year? The program is also known for giving students who are much older or those who had lower GPAs a chance. It seems these students are the ones who are at increased risk of dismissal. While it seems the program shouldn’t be so generous in admitting these students in the first place, I have worked with CRNAs who were these students and they are grateful for their opportunity and education through SMU. However, this may change in the future:
Recent NBCRNA scores: The last class to graduate did not do so hot on boards. In speaking with members of that class they are mostly shocked about this. Considering the increased difficulty of next year’s exam, I hope this isn’t the case for our class and I truthfully don’t believe we’ll have a problem. Part of the reason for a relatively poor pass rate may have to do with the above. Our program director has gone into full support mode and made many resources available to us to preparation for boards including several mock exams. I believe we’ll do okay nationally but at the end of the day believe it comes down to the individual.
Hope this is helpful.
Texas Wesleyan Review:
The interview process
The interview will usually consist of 3 faculty ranging from the chemistry, anatomy, or pharmacology instructors. The department head also sits in on the interview. The majority of questions are clinical based and are VERY in-depth and can be VERY hard to answer. They will continue to get more detailed until you just can’t answer the question. It is definitely one of the hardest interviews according to students that interviewed at other schools.
Quality of classroom instruction
The anatomy course is VERY difficult and is known to weed out less strong students. The 2nd semester requires you to make at least a B in pharmacology and anatomy in order to continue the program. This is historically known to cause a few students to not pass. I am very happy with the quality of all the first semester classes which consisted of anatomy, pharmacology, chemistry, and medical ethics.
The 2nd semester will consist of anatomy 2, pharmacology 2, special topics, and research.
The third semester will be more classes and then starting in august all of the student will begin their clinicals until dec 2013 when we graduate.
I am not too familiar with all the clinical sites. I will be in Harlingen at Valley Baptist which is supposed to be a really good clinical site with a good clinical instructor. It also is known to really work the students into the ground though.
Structure of the program
It is front loaded with 3 classroom semesters then after that we will have clinicals from then on. I like this because it enables me to focus on the classroom.
Overall helpfulness of teachers
The instructors are very helpful and have a real gift for teaching especially the anatomy instructor. I was very impressed with the instructors.
What is it like to be in the program?
MWF will be about 9 hours of class and on the days off expect to study 9-12 hours each and every day you have off. It is very demanding and the most difficult course that will take up most of your time is anatomy. This is the class that most of the class has difficult with because of how in-depth he takes it. The amount of time that is devoted to school is hard on the families and students. It is physically and mentally draining.
Would you recommend this program to to a friend?
I would recommend this program for sure. TWU students are highly sought after because of the high demands of the program. Just from talking to TCU students I have found out that we are required to have a more in-depth knowledge in anatomy then they do. TWU is a good choice.
What it’s like to live in Fort Worth
Fort Worth is a nice place to live. Traffic can be a problem depending on where you live. I live downtown and it takes me 10 min to get to class. The area around the school is very ghetto but the school is nice. It can be hard to find a one bedroom apartment without a waiting list, but two and three bedrooms are easier to find.
Texas Wesleyan science-based CRNA school offers a unique program with dedicated faculty and staff. All professors of the core science didactic classes are PhD’s in their respective field and are well prepared to provide explanation above and beyond what is required for CRNA education.
Benefits of a front-loaded program
The best part of the structure of the program is the front loaded nature of this program. The entire first year is completely didactics with clinical residency beginning one year from the start date. Some programs begin clinical rotations the first semester and students may feel scared and unprepared, which they are. TWU gives you a firm understanding of the science of anesthesia prior to any clinical work.
Facilities and Distance Learning Technology
The facilities are also fairly new with a nurse anesthesia building dedicated 100% to the CRNA program. If you are a distance site student like me you won’t get as much time in the facilities as others in the class, but the distance experience is still top notch with a little over 2 weeks the first semester and 2 weeks the second semester spent on campus. They have dedicated technical staff who run the “control room” with multiple high definition camera angles broadcast to every distance site live. The 2 way interaction through the televideo conferencing is very simple as well. Great experience and if you start and decide lectures on large LCD TVs is not the thing for you they welcome you to continue classes at any time in Fort Worth for the remainder of Phase I didactics.
Also an update that is very exciting… TWU received a max 10 year accreditation renewal this year (2011) from the COA! Not surprised as I have really had a great experience so far and find the quality of education to be exceptional.
Unlike undergraduate education for RNs, nurse anesthesia practice requires knowledge that is almost entirely science-based. CRNAs make decisions not only about how to carry out orders or administer drugs ordered by other healthcare providers, but more often than not will assess, make an acute diagnosis, and administer the appropriate treatment themselves. In order to be prepared to make these acute decisions in clinical practice CRNA education has to have the sciences of physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, etc. at its core. TWU provides a program that is almost 100% science-based. What does this mean? Well, although research, ethics, and the business aspects of anesthesia practice are integral parts of the program, TWU does NOT have classes such as nursing theory or the “art of nurse anesthesia” incorporated into it. In my opinion, prospective students learned plenty of this in undergraduate programs. So I like this aspect of Texas Wesleyan science-based program and feel I get to focus more of my time becoming a better future independent healthcare provider and improve my critical decision making in the clinical setting.
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