Just accepted into CRNA school.
I believe that the having all the requirements expected of each school get you into the door for an interview but how you perform during the interview really makes you stand out.
They want to know what you have done in addition to the requirements (CCRN, Graduate Classes, shadow experience, etc.). The CCRN is strongly recommended by the majority of schools but I feel it is a important to have, especially if you have a few years under your belt…they really love seeing it beside your name. Majority of applicants that I spoke with who did not have the CCRN were asked by the panel why they did not have it and if they plan on taking the exam.
GPA does not have to be incredible (mine was 3.55), although I pointed out that my GPA increased substantially after I entered nursing school.
Make around 1000 on the GRE at least and then throw the GRE books in the fire..I know several people who have been accepted into schools with 900’s (even an 860!).
Know the program that your interviewing for very well….I believe they appreciate you researching their program (attrition rate, clinical sites, front loaded vs integrated, etc.).
Also, during the interview….do not BS your way around their questions…if you are unsure about something then tell them you are unsure. Just my opinion, there is no correct methodology to this process.
The job outlook is tight for CRNA’s at the moment and graduates must be willing to possibly relocate in order to obtain a CRNA position.
It’s going to take a lot of financial aid (unless your very wealthy) to complete this process.
Alot of people have set their aim on CRNA school without ever even shadowing a single CRNA and I assume it is due to the high salary…..take caution though…this has been difficult for me and will continue to be difficult for me for at least a few years.
If your doing it for the money then just be a Medical Doctor.