Hi, I recently applied to a CRNA program and did not get an interview. They said their cut off point was a science GPA of 3.2. As many people do, my first year of college I didn’t do so well. Although I have a minor in Biology and a BSN, my science GPA is 2.8 and my overall GPA is 3.49. I have my CCRN and have 2 yrs of Trauma NICU experience as well as being Charge RN.
I also have extensive travel nursing experience in other regions of the world. Is there any chance I would get into a CRNA school? Or are my odds very low???
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May 06, 2013
Yes you can NEW
I’m a 1st year student in CRNA school now and, though it’s really tough, it’s awesome and totally worth it! I just wanna say, you’re in a spot that a lot of people are probably in. And hearing about your fear of getting in with a GPA being 3.2 is nothing new to me. Let me tell about my close friend (true story). His grades were probably worse than yours. By the the time he finished his BSN, he had a 3.1. His first year applying, he hadn’t yet taken the GRE, he applied to two schools, and didn’t get invited to interview at one. Despite feeling discouraged, he spent the following year working and retaking classes that he didn’t do so well in, like Pharm, Stats, Biochem (got A’s in all of them). He also took the GRE and got about 1000 (average). His new GPA was about 3.3. His second year applying, he was now able to branch out to more schools (bc of the GRE). He got invited to interview at two schools. At one school, he was accepted on the spot! In the other school, he was placed high up on the waiting list, but eventually got accepted. Needless to say, he will be attending a top 20 ranked CRNA school! So yes, you do definitely have a chance.
Things I would recommend:
– See if you can change to Adult ICU. Im sure there are programs out there that take it, but many programs prefer adult.
– Start saving money like NOW! You’re gonna need every penny. It’s very likely that you’ll be jobless (for good reason) while in school.
– Consider the idea applying to other programs, aside from the one you applied to, even if that means moving to a state that’s far or may not have much going on. I’m going to school in Cali, but I don’t have much time to do anything anyway.
Hope this helps.
May 06, 2013
Thanks ‘ NEW
Yes, thank you for your input. I’m working NICU as in neuro ICU. My wife is an active military member which makes it hard to pick any school. I’m looking to take graduate level science classes. But just hearing I still have a shot is helpful-
Nov 13, 2013
GPA and classes to improve it NEW
Hello, I just read your information and it really helped. Quick question about your friend, did he take his classes at a community college of private schools?
Nov 27, 2013
He took some classes at a public university and some at a community college. I, personally, did the same as well. I don’t think it really matters.
Mar 12, 2014
I agree you should keep improving your GPA if you think yours is not competitive.
One reason might be GPA has been really easy to handle for schools to categorize applicants.
While it is not a sole determinant, you want to be in the category that they will pay attention to.
If you expect the battling to get into a program in few years, be mindful about NursingCAS, which is a simple but fantastic idea to make tons for whoever created it. This outsourcing is a new trend of application process so more nursing programs go for it since it diverts their headache subtantially. It is pain in the beginning for an applicant to deal with the program and this NursingCAS but for people who would need to try multiple years because they never give up, it will come handy to reapply on following years.