It’s important that I get accepted into a nurse anesthesia school this year, and I’m not sure how many schools I need to apply to to make sure I get accepted. Would you help me please?
Comments for How many CRNA Programs should I apply to?
Jan 14, 2011
It depends on who you are
If you were to tell me that you have:
*a 4.0 GPA
*more than 3 years experience in a large ICU
*great references (in fact, people everywhere seem to really like you)
*GRE score of 1200 or better
*8+ hours shadowing a CRNA
*you’ve taken a few graduate classes (with a 4.0)
*and you interview well…
Then I’d tell you to apply to the [one school] you really want to get into, and you have a 99% chance of getting accepted!
Really, there’s a sliding scale. The more competitive you are, the fewer nurse anesthesia schools you need to apply to.
The less competitive you are, the more schools you need to apply to.
If you are that less competitive applicant, there are a few things you can do to save yourself some time and energy.
1. Don’t apply to really competitive schools. Your chances of getting accepted may be so low that submitting your application is like throwing money in a slot machine.
2. Find nurse anesthesia schools that are less competitive and apply to them.
3. Call the programs before you apply and ask them if you should! They know best what type of applicants they usually get and how you measure up to their current students.
4. Know that nurse anesthesia school range from a 3/1 ratio to a 10/1 ratio (applicants/spots), so getting rejected from a few of the most competitive schools isn’t anything to lose hope over. The more strategic you are, the fewer programs you’ll need to apply to.
If you’re looking for a specific number of applications you should send out to guarantee that you’ll be accepted into a program, I can’t give you that, because of all of the variables involved. What I can say, is the more important it is to you to get accepted this year, the more applications you should fill out.