50+ Online CRNA Schools For 2018 - How To Become A Nurse Anesthetist!

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) belong to one of the most in-demand Advanced Practice specialties in the field. As such, they are also the highest-paid nurses.  In fact, the BLS reports the average income of a nurse anesthetist to be $160,270 per year, with some CRNAs earning over $250,000 per year.

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). >Search Nurse Anesthetist Master’s Programs

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Most programs require nurses to have their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees before applying to the graduate-level program.  With many of the foundational academic courses available online, getting started on this exciting career path may be easier than you think.

Master of Science In Nursing (MSN) Degrees

Master’s programs typically run between 27 - 30 months and consist of two phases: academic foundation and extensive clinical experience. Most programs require completion of around 64 credits.

It’s important to note that the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education 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.

Since MSN programs take over 2 years to complete, 2018 cohorts will likely be the last MSN-educated CRNAs in the field. 

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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 only real 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.

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 all COA accredited, distance education programs for nurse anesthesia. Program costs reflect in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year. They also do not reflect miscellaneous fees and other costs of attendance.

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Alabama

Samford University
Birmingham, AL
Program Cost: $10,029/semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Program Cost: $555/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Arizona

Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ
Program Cost: $43,884/year
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

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

Arkansas

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
Program Cost: $1,200/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

California

National University
Fresno, CA
Program Cost: $416/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Program Cost: $1,085/unit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

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

University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, CA
Program Cost: $1,800/unit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University
Hartford, CT
Program Cost:  $606/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT
Program Cost:  $1,010/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Yale University - New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT
Program Cost:  $19,915/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

District of Columbia

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Program Cost:  $1,995/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Florida

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

Barry University
Hollywood, FL
Program Cost:  $27,720/year
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Program Cost:  $373.38/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Florida International University
Miami, FL
Program Cost:  $715.85/credit
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:  $493.68/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Georgia

Wolford College
Augusta, GA
Program Cost:  $8,664/semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Iowa

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

Illinois

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

Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL
Program Cost:  $8,638/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: 

Rush University
Chicago, IL
Program Cost:  $1,066/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL
Program Cost:  $650/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Millikin University
Decatur, IL
Program Cost:  $32,274/year
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

Kentucky

Murray State University
Madisonville, KY
Program Cost:  $528/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
Program Cost:  $648/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Louisiana

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Baton Rouge, LA
Program Cost:  $956.14/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Louisiana State University
New Orleans, LA
Program Cost:  $518/credit
Degree offered: DNP
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:  $777.50/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Michigan

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Program Cost:  $726.50/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

Oakland University Beaumont
Royal Oak, MI
Program Cost:  $706.25/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

The University of Michigan Flint
Flint, MI
Program Cost:  $601.25/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI
Program Cost:  $1,579/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

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

Minnesota

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

Missouri

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

Mississippi

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

North Carolina

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

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

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

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

North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Program Cost:  $320.33/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Nebraska

Bryan College of Health Sciences
Lincoln, NE
Program Cost:  $972/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Clarkson College
Omaha, NE
Program Cost:  $891/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

New Jersey

Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, NJ
Program Cost:  $838/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

New York

Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
Program Cost:  $66,210 full tuition
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Program Cost:  $12,195/quarter
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Ohio

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

Lourdes University
Sylvania, OH
Program Cost:  $9,890/semester
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Program Cost:  $7234/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

La Roche College
Pittsburgh, PA
Program Cost:  $870/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Villanova University - Crozer Chester Medical Center
Springfield, PA
Program Cost:  $1108/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost:  $945/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

La Salle University - Einstein Medical Center
Norristown, PA
Program Cost:  $15,640/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Geisinger Health
Danville, PA
Program Cost:  $575/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Public

University of Scranton
Scranton, PA
Program Cost:  $722/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost:  $46,531/year
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Program Cost:  $33,604/semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Program Cost:  $13,068/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Program Cost:  $7,647/term
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:  $12,424/semester
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Tennessee

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

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

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

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Program Cost:  $766/credit
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:  $9,268/term
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Program Cost:  $93,000 full program
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

Texas Wesleyan University
Forth Worth, TX
Program Cost:  $1,046/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Private

University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center
Houston, TX
Program Cost:  $269/credit
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/credit
Degree offered: MSN
School Type: Private

Virginia

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

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI
Program Cost:  $1180.56/credit
Degree offered: DNP
School Type: Public


Nurse Anesthetist Schools By State
Schools City State Program Cost Degree Funding
Samford University Birmingham AL $10,029/semester MSN Private
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL $555/credit DNP Public
Midwestern University Glendale AZ $43,884/year MSN Private
University of Arizona Tucson AZ $1200/unit DNP Public
Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA $1085/unit MSN Private
National University Fresno Fresno CA $1872/course MSN Private
Samuel Merritt University Oakland CA $1353/unit MSN Private
University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles CA $1800/unit DNP Public
Central Conneticut State University Hartford CT $606/credit DNP Public
Quinnipiac University Hamden CT $1010/credit DNP Private
Yale-New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia New Haven CT $19,915/term DNP Private
Georgetown University School of Nursing Washington DC $1995/credit MSN Private
Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando FL $16,000/trimester MSN Private
Barry University Master of Science Hollywood FL $27,720/year MSN Private
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL $373.38/credit MSN Public
Florida International University Miami FL $715.85/credit DNP Public
Florida State University Panama City FL $9,500.44/semester MSN Public
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL $493.68/credit DNP Public
Wolford College Naples FL $8664/semester MSN Private
Augusta University Augusta GA $430/credit DNP Public
University of Iowa Iowa City IA $22,296/year DNP Public
NorthShore University Evanston IL $708/credit DNP Private
Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago IL $8638/term DNP Private
Rush University College of Nursing Chicago IL $1066/credit DNP Private
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL $650/credit DNP Public
Millikin University Decatur IL $32,274/year DNP Private
Marian University Indianapolis IN $1450/credit DNP Private
University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne IN $1000/credit DNP Private
University of Kansas Kansas City KS $412.89/credit DNP Public
Murray State University Madisonville KY $528/credit MSN Public
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY $648/credit DNP Public
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge LA $956.14/credit DNP Private
Louisiana State University New Orleans LA $518/credit DNP Public
Uniformed Services University Bethesda MD Free w/ 7yrs active duty DNP Public
University of Maryland Baltimore MD $777.50/credit DNP Public
Michigan State University East Lansing MI $726.50/credit MSN Public
Oakland University Beaumont Royal Oak MI $706.25/credit DNP Public
The University of Michigan Flint Flint MI $601.25/credit DNP Public
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI $1579/credit MSN Private
Wayne State University Detroit MI $871.74/credit MSN Private
Mayo School of Health Sciences Rochester MN $685/credit DNP Private
Missouri State University Springfield MO $575.63/credit DNP Public
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia Kansas City MO $499.70/credit DNP Public
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
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Raleigh NC $4,023.50/semester DNP Public
Western Carolina University Asheville NC $7,350.50/semester MSN and DNP Public
University of North Dakota Grand Forks ND $320.33/credit DNP Public
Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln NE $972/credit DNP Private
Clarkson College Omaha NE $891/credit MSN Private
Rutgers School of Nursing Newark NJ $838/credit DNP Private
Albany Medical College Albany NY $66,210 full tuition MSN Private
University at Buffalo State University of New York Buffalo NY $12,195/quarter DNP Public
Cleveland Clinic Case Western Reserve University Cleveland OH $2011/credit MSN Private
Lourdes University Sylvania OH $9,890/semester MSN Private
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH $7234/term DNP Public
Oregon Health and Science University Portland OR $761/credit MSN Public
La Roche College Pittsburgh PA $870/credit MSN and DNP Private
Villanova University - Crozer Chester Medical Center Springfield PA $1108/credit DNP Private
Drexel University Philadelphia PA $945/credit MSN Private
La Salle University - Einstein Medical Center Norristown PA $15,640/term DNP Private
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Geisinger Health Danville PA $575/credit MSN Public
The University of Scranton Scranton PA $772/credit MSN Private
Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson Philadelphia PA $46,531/year DNP Private
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA $33,604/semester DNP Public
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA $13,068/term DNP Public
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston SC $7647/term MSN Private
University of South Carolina Columbia SC $7500/semester MSN Public
Mount Marty College Sioux Falls SD $12,424/semester 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 $766/credit DNP Public
Union University Jackson TN $28,095/year DNP Private
Baylor College Houston TX $9268/term DNP Private
Texas Christian University Fort Worth TX $93,000 full program DNP Private
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth TX $1046/credit DNP Private
University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center Houston TX $269/credit 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
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh WI $1180.56/credit DNP Public

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