EDUCATION
January 1, 2021

50+ CRNA Schools For 2021

Kathleen Gaines
By: Kathleen Gaines News and Education Editor, MSN, RN, BA, CBC

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking about, or on your way to becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, the highest-paid nursing profession out there! We know it’s no easy feat, so congrats to you for taking this first step! One of the biggest decisions you have to make in this process is choosing a program! Do you go for an MSN or a DNP, online or in-person, etc?

To help you with this decision, we’ve rounded up a list of accredited CRNA schools by state for 2021, including the program cost, the type of degree offered, and whether the program is private or public, so you can easily find the right program for you!

Alabama

Samford University
Birmingham, AL
Program Cost: $10,485 per semester  (3 terms per year)
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Program Cost: $572 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Arizona

Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ
Program Cost: $47,419 per year
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Program Cost: $1,200 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Arkansas

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
Program Cost: $30,600 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

California

National University
Fresno, CA
Program Cost: $75,690
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Program Cost: $138,152
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA
Program Cost: $1,353 per unit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, CA
Program Cost: $1,928 per unit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Fullerton, CA
Program Cost: $73,800
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Connecticut

Bridgeport, CT
Program Cost: $1,000/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Central Connecticut State University
Hartford, CT
Program Cost:  $6,178 per term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT
Program Cost:  $1,050 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Yale University - New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Program Cost:  $32,377 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

District of Columbia

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Program Cost:  $81,933 year 1, $39,697 year 2, $24,882 year 3
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Florida

Adventist University of Health Sciences
Orlando, FL
Program Cost:  $16,000/trimester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Barry University
Hollywood, FL
Program Cost:  $98,000
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Program Cost:  $17,592 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Florida International University
Miami, FL
Program Cost:  $79,372
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Florida State University
Panama City, FL
Program Cost:  $9,500.44/semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL
Program Cost:  $67,000
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Coral Gables, FL
Program Cost: $132,000
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public
 
Naples, FL
Program Cost: $70,878 
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private
 
Tampa, FL
Program Cost: $347.91 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Georgia

Atlanta, GA
Program Cost: $23,484/semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private
 
Augusta, GA
Program Cost: $9,000 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Iowa

Iowa University
Iowa City IA
Program Cost: $22,296 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Illinois

Northshore University
Evanston, IL
Program Cost: $708 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL
Program Cost: $9,377 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: 

Rush University
Chicago, IL
Program Cost: $1,110 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL
Program Cost: $61,993
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Millikin University
Decatur, IL
Program Cost: $983 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Indiana

Marian University
Indianapolis, IN
Program Cost: $1,450/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Saint Francis
Fort Wayne, IN
Program Cost: $1,000/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Kansas

University of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
Program Cost: $412.89/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Wichita, KS
Program Cost: $1,117/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Kentucky

Murray State University
Madisonville, KY
Program Cost: $700 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Program Cost: $673 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Louisiana

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Baton Rouge, LA
Program Cost: $97,187.66
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Louisiana State University
New Orleans, LA
Program Cost: $3,584.20 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Maine

Portland, ME
Program Cost: $81,000
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Maryland

Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, MD
Program Cost: Free w/ 7years active duty
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
Program Cost: $824 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Massachusetts

Boston, MA
Program Cost: $115,000
Degree offered: Post-master’s certificate
School Type: Private

Michigan

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Program Cost:  $755.50 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Oakland University Beaumont
Royal Oak, MI
Program Cost:  $775 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

The University of Michigan Flint
Flint, MI
Program Cost: $828 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI
Program Cost: $108,000
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Program Cost: $871.74 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Minnesota

Mayo School of Health Sciences
Rochester, MN
Program Cost: $685 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Minneapolis, MN
Program Cost: $620 per credit
Degree offered: MS
School Type: Private
 
Minneapolis, MN
Program Cost: $11,500 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public
 
St. Louis Park, MN
Program Cost: Vaires on location
Degree offered: Varies on location
School Type: Private

Missouri

Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia
Kansas City MO
Program Cost:  $499.70 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Springfield, MO
Program Cost: $68,500
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private
 
St. Louis, MO
Program Cost: $85,000
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private
 
St. Louis, MO
Program Cost: $6,455 per term 
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Program Cost: $7,610 per term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

North Carolina

University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Program Cost: $542.13 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
Program Cost: $2374.50 per term
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia
Raleigh, NC
Program Cost: $4023.50 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public - through University of North Carolina Greensboro

Western Carolina University
Asheville, NC
Program Cost: $7,350.50 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Durham, NC
Program Cost: $26,535 per semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private
 
Greensboro, NC
Program Cost:  
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public
 
Winston-Salem, NC
Program Cost: $35,256 per year
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Program Cost: $857 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Nebraska

Bryan College of Health Sciences
Lincoln, NE
Program Cost: $1,016 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Clarkson College
Omaha, NE
Program Cost: $960 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

New Jersey

Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, NJ
Program Cost: $10,884
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Camden, NJ
Program Cost: $973 per credit 
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

New York

Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
Program Cost: $68,856
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Program Cost: $12,560
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

New York, NY
Program Cost: $109,862 
Degree offered: MS
School Type: Public

Ohio

Cleveland Clinic School of Anesthesia - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Program Cost: $1010 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Lourdes University
Sylvania, OH
Program Cost: $10,500 per semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Program Cost: $13,578.25 per term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Akron, OH
Program Cost: $542.22 per credit
Degree offered: MS
School Type: Public
 
Westerville, OH
Program Cost: $90,186
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Oregon

Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
Program Cost: $761 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Pennsylvania

Allentown, PA
Program Cost: $125,196
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

La Roche College
Pittsburgh, PA
Program Cost: $928 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Villanova University - Crozer Chester Medical Center
Springfield, PA
Program Cost: $1,300 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost: $1,002 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

La Salle University - Einstein Medical Center
Norristown, PA
Program Cost:  $1,040 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Geisinger Health
Danville, PA
Program Cost: $593 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

University of Scranton
Scranton, PA
Program Cost: $1,200 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost: $47,250 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost: $211,633
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Program Cost: $27,590 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

York, PA
Program Cost: $960 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Program Cost: $28,195 per year
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Program Cost:  $7,500/semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

South Dakota

Mount Marty College
Sioux Falls, SD
Program Cost: $1,025 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
Madison, TN
Program Cost: $19,604 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Program Cost: $6,542 per semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

University of Tennessee Chattanooga - Erlanger Health
Chattanooga, TN
Program Cost: $722 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Program Cost: $17,155 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Union University
Jackson, TN
Program Cost: $28,095/year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Texas

Baylor College
Houston, TX
Program Cost: $111,836
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Program Cost: $101,080
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Texas Wesleyan University
Forth Worth, TX
Program Cost: $1,198 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center
Houston, TX
Program Cost: $13,688 per year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing - Northeastern University
San Antonio, TX
Program Cost: Paid w/ Enlistment
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public - Military

Utah

Westminster College
Salt Lake City, UT
Program Cost: $1,257 per credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Program Cost: $522 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Virginia Beach, VA
Program Cost: $547 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Washington

Spokane, WA
Program Cost: $975 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI
Program Cost: $85,000
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

La Crosse, WI
Program Cost: $696 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private
 
Milwaukee, WI
Program Cost: $1,170 per credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Nurse Anesthetist Schools By State

Schools City State Program Cost Degree Funding
Samford University Birmingham AL $10,485/term MSN Private
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL $572/credit DNP Public
Midwestern University Glendale AZ $47,419/year MSN Private
University of Arizona Tucson AZ $1,200/unit DNP Public
Arkansas State University Jonesboro AR $30,600/year DNP Public
National University Fresno CA $75,690 DNP Private
Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA $138,152 DNP Private
Samuel Merritt University Oakland CA $1,429/unit MSN Private
University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles CA $1,928/unit DNP Public
California State Univesity Fullerton Fullerton CA $73,800 DNP Public
Fairfield University Bridgeport CT $1000/credit DNP Public
Central Conneticut State University Hartford CT $6,178/term DNP Public
Quinnipiac University Hamden CT $1055/credit DNP Private
Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia New Haven CT $32,377/year DNP Private
Georgetown University School of Nursing Washington DC $81,933 year 1 DNP Private
Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando FL $98,000 DNP Private
Barry University Master of Science Hollywood FL $97,650 DNP Private
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL $373.38/credit MSN Public
Florida International University Miami FL $79,372 DNP Public
Florida State University Panama City FL $9,500.44/semester MSN Public
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL $67,000 DNP Public
University of Miami Coral Gables FL $132,000 MSN Public
Keiser University Naples FL $70,878 MSN Private
University of South Florida Tampa FL $347.91/credit DNP Public
Emory University Atlanta GA $23,484/semester DNP Private
Augusta University Augusta GA $9,000/semester DNP Public
Iowa University Iowa City IA $22,296/year DNP Public
NorthShore University Evanston IL $750/credit DNP Private
Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago IL $9,377/semester DNP Private
Rush University College of Nursing Chicago IL $1,110/credit DNP Private
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL $61,993 DNP Public
Millikin University Decatur IL $983/credit DNP Private
Marian University Indianapolis IN $1450/credit DNP Private
University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne IN $1,000/credit DNP Private
University of Kansas Kansas City KS $412.89/credit DNP Public
Newman University Wichita KS $1,117 MSN Public
Murray State University Madisonville KY $700/credit MSN Public
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY $673/credit DNP Public
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge LA $97,187.66 DNP Private
Louisiana State University New Orleans LA $3,584.20/semester DNP Public
University of New England Portland ME $81,000 MSN Public
Uniformed Services University Bethesda MD Free w/ 7yrs active duty DNP Public
University of Maryland Baltimore MD $824/credit DNP Public
Northeastern University Boston MA $115,000 Post-master’s certificate Private
Michigan State University East Lansing MI $755.50/credit MSN Public
Oakland University Beaumont Royal Oak MI $775/credit DNP Public
The University of Michigan Flint Flint MI $828/credit DNP Public
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI $108,000 DNP Private
Wayne State University Detroit MI $871.74/credit MSN Private
Mayo School of Health Sciences Rochester MN $685/credit DNP Private
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN $620/credit MS Private
University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN $11,500 DNP Public
Minneapolis School of Anesthesia St. Louis Park MN Varies Varies Private
Missouri State University Springfield MO $68,500 DNP Public
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia Kansas City MO $499.70/credit DNP Public
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barners-Jewish College St. Louis MO $85,000 MSN Private
Webster University St. Louis MO $6,455/term DNP Private
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg MS $7,610/term DNP Public
University of North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte NC $542.13/credit MSN Public
East Carolina University Greenville NC $2,374.50/term MSN Public
Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia Raleigh NC $4,023.50/semester DNP Public
Western Carolina University Asheville NC $7,350.50/semester DNP Public
Duke University Durham NC $26,535 DNP Private
University of North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro NC   DNP Public
Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem NC $35,256 MSN Public
University of North Dakota Grand Forks ND $857/credit DNP Public
Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln NE $1,016/credit DNP Private
Clarkson College Omaha NE $960/credit MSN Private
Rutgers School of Nursing Newark NJ $10,884 DNP Private
Our Lady of Lourdes Camden NJ $973/credit MSN Private
Albany Medical College Albany NY $668,856 MSN Private
University at Buffalo State University of New York Buffalo NY $12,560/quarter DNP Public
Columbia University New York NY $109,862 MS Public
Cleveland Clinic Case Western Reserve University Cleveland OH $1,010/credit MSN Private
Lourdes University Sylvania OH $10,500/semester MSN Private
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH $13,578.25/term MSN Public
The University of Akron Akron OH $542.22 MS Public
Otterbein University - Ohio Health Grant Medical Center Westerville OH $90,186 DNP Public
Oregon Health and Science University Portland OR $761/credit DNP Public
Cedar Crest College Allentown PA $125,196 DNP Private
La Roche College Pittsburgh PA $928/credit MSN  Private
Villanova University - Crozer Chester Medical Center Villanova PA $1,300/credit DNP Private
Drexel University Philadelphia PA $1,002/credit MSN Private
La Salle University - Einstein Medical Center Norristown PA $1,040/credit DNP Private
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Geisinger Health Danville PA $593/credit MSN Public
The University of Scranton Scranton PA $1,200/credit MSN Private
Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson Philadelphia PA $47,250/year DNP Private
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA $211,633 DNP Public
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA $27,590/year DNP Public
York College of Pennsylvania & Wellspan Health York PA $960/credit DNP Private
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston SC $28,195 DNP Private
University of South Carolina Columbia SC $7,500/semester MSN Public
Mount Marty College Sioux Falls SD $1,025/credit DNP Private
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Madison TN $19,604/year DNP Private
University of Tennessee Knoxville TN $6,542/semester MSN Public
University of Tennessee Chattanooga - Erlanger Health Chattanooga TN $722/credit MSN Public
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis TN $17,155/year DNP Public
Union University Jackson TN $28,095/year DNP Private
Baylor College Houston TX $111,836 DNP Private
Texas Christian University Fort Worth TX $101,080 DNP Private
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth TX $1,198/credit DNP Private
University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center Houston TX $13,688 DNP Public
US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing San Antonio TX Paid with Enlistment DNP Public
Westminster College Salt Lake City UT $1257/credit MSN Private
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond VA $522/credit DNP Public
Old Dominion Virginia Beach VA $547/credit DNP Public
Providence Sacred heart Medical Certner - Gonzaga University Spokane WA $975/credit DNP Private
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh WI $85,000 DNP Public
Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia - Mayo Clinic Health System La Crosse WI $696/credit DNP Private
Marquette University Milwaukee WI $1,170 DNP Private

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Should You get an MSN or DNP to Become a CRNA?

If you’re a registered nurse and thinking about entering this lucrative specialty, there are currently two different education paths you may follow: Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Though, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education (COA) is transitioning to new requirements for entry into practice.

By January 1, 2022, all Nurse Anesthesia programs must be doctoral degrees in order to maintain accreditation. Despite this deadline, the Council has extended the deadline to 2025 in order for CRNA programs to develop the proper curriculum that adheres to all national standards. Since MSN programs take over 2 years to complete, 2019 cohorts will likely be the last MSN-educated CRNAs in the field. 

Programs are continuing to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. As of July 15, 2019, there are 92 nurse anesthesia programs approved by the COA to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 25 programs approved to offer post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs. Currently, there are 29 programs that remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees. 

Nurse Anesthesia Programs Awarding Master’s and Doctoral Degrees for Entry into Practice

Graph depicting education for nurse anethetists

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education

Doctoral Degrees in Nurse Anesthesia

There are two common types of doctoral degrees for aspiring CRNAs: the Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP) and the Doctorate of Nursing Anesthesia Practice (DNAP). Most doctoral-level degrees require around 100 credits and take about 36 months to complete. 

The main difference between these two degrees is that some institutions do not recognize the DNAP as a terminal degree - meaning they don’t consider it the highest degree in the field. A DNP is considered a terminal degree for any advanced practice nursing field. 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited DNP programs while the Nurse Anesthetists Council for Accreditation (NACA) approves DNAP programs, which are specially designed for nurse anesthetist students.

This primarily affects those who wish to obtain a university faculty position, as this may have a bearing on tenure eligibility. If you’re seeking to use your doctorate for practice, however, this shouldn’t hinder your career prospects.

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CRNA Program Tuition

Nursing programs differ in how they charge/display costs for tuition. Some universities choose to display costs by credit, some by semester, and others by course.

As a general rule, public schools offer lower tuition rates than private ones. It’s also important to note that in-state resident tuition is often much less than for out-of-state residents.

To get started, here’s a list of COA accredited, programs for nurse anesthesia. Program costs reflect in-state tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year. They also do not reflect miscellaneous fees including books, technology fees, lab fees, and other miscellaneous costs.

It is important to note, that there are programs that offer CRNA classes but are NOT accredited by the COA. These programs will not allow students to sit for their certifications and therefore be unable to practice. 

CRNA Application Requirements 

Regardless of which path you decide to take, there are several requirements that CRNA programs require from their applicants. It is important to have the needed requirements as schools will reject the application. These include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Registered Nurse License (RN)
  • Critical Care/ICU Experience
    • Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit do NOT count towards ICU experience
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (Each school has a different minimum requirement but 3.0 is the lowest accepted GPA)
  • Life Support Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
  • Resume
  • Combined minimum GRE of 300 or better
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicable
  • Shadow experience of a CRNA and an accompanying essay
  • Nursing Certifications (CCRN, RNC)
  • Personal Essay and Interview

FAQs

  • How long are Nurse Anesthetist programs? 
    • Programs are typically 27-30 months long. Students will typically go to school for 3 years with short breaks between terms. 
  • What are the basic educational/experience requirements to become a CRNA? 
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    • Registered Nurse License (RN)
    • Critical Care/ICU Experience (minimum of 2-3 years)
    • Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit do NOT count towards ICU experience
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher (Each school has a different minimum requirement but 3.0 is the lowest accepted GPA)
    • Life Support Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
    • Combined minimum GRE of 300 or better
  • What is a CRNA salary?
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the average income of a nurse anesthetist to be $169,450 per year, with some CRNAs earning over $252,000.
  • Can you become a Nurse Anesthetist online? 
    • No. Some programs offer didactic coursework in an online format but all students must attend in-person skills fairs. Furthermore, CRNA school requires practicums which must be completed in person.
  • What’s the difference between a CRNA and Anesthesiologist? 
    • An anesthesiologist receives medical education and is an M.D. while CRNAs receive nursing education. 

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