But the simple fact is, if the two other applicants I have talked to at my school really are THAT much more competitive than me in an area I don't seem to be able to improve in (GRE quant) even after I have taken the test 3 times, then I feel it's necessary to simply be realistic. And that is all I am doing here - being realistic.
I am definitely going to TRY to get in this cycle, but if my low GRE quant score is going to be the one factor that AA programs aren't willing to budge on, then I have no choice but to either get several years of work experience in another health care field (e.g., become a surgical tech, respiratory therapist, etc.) or get an ADN and apply to CRNA programs. And when you consider that it will take approx. 2 years to become an RT or ST and then I will have to work for several years on top of that, it simply is more efficient to spend a year getting an ADN, apply directly to CRNA programs that will take a non-nursing degree, and work for a year as an RN in the meantime.
The way I see it, both CRNA's and AA's graduate as anesthetists, even though CRNA's have to put up with bul$hit nursing fluff.
Again, my plan "B" will only have to be pursued in the event that the AA programs still reject me on the grounds of my low GRE quant score, despite the fact that my application for this cycle will have been improved in other ways.