Find the section below that MOST describes you
If you are new to All-CRNA-Schools.com, this is the place to begin. This page will act as a site map and help you find the articles you need to find, to help you in your specific situation.
You’re considering becoming a Certified Nurse Anesthetist
CRNA Salaries by State: It’s no secret that CRNA’s make a lot of money. If you’re wondering just how much they make, you’ll want to check out this page. Not only do I break down how much the average Certified Nurse Anesthetist makes in each state, I also adjust that salary for cost of living, so that you can compare from state to state to see where you can live that will give you the most bang for your buck. The reason I list “CRNA salaries by state” in this section is that money can be a pretty big motivator for each of us. If you know what you’ll be getting on the other side of the grueling education, it gives you the motivation to keep pushing forward.
Should I be a CRNA?: Whether you’re not quite sure what you want to be when you “grow up”, or you’ve already “grown up” and are considering a career change, I encourage you to read this article. It explores the specific strengths you’ll need to succeed as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist and offers alternative high paying career choices, if you’re more interested in a high income than you are in “putting people to sleep”.
What is a CRNA: explores the different aspects of the job, as well as profiles personality types that are most likely to succeed in the Certified Nurse Anesthetist profession. When you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll have a better sense of whether or not this career path is for you.
Advanced Practice Registered Nursing: Certified Nurse Anesthetists are only one type of advanced practice nurse. This article explores the many types of advanced practice nursing opportunities as well as compares the income attainable in each one. This will help you adequately explore all of your other options.
Anesthesia Assistant: If you like anesthesia but (for whatever reason) you don’t want to become a nurse, you can still practice anesthesia! Here, you can explore the anesthesia assistant career field.
You DEFINITLEY want to become a CRNA
How to Become a CRNA: This is the first article you should read if you’re certain you want to become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. It will give you a general outline of all of the major milestones you’ll need to hit before you apply to CRNA School; it’s a great overview.
CRNA School Admission: The Cold Hard Facts: This e-book is written by a current SRNA (Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and explains all of the steps of the admission process in detail and gives you an appropriate timeline for completing all of the requirements ahead of time. It also offers some easy things you can do to that will make your application stand out from your competition.
CRNA Academy: A great resource for the seriously aspiring certified nurse anesthetist. Here's an email I just received from someone who went through the CRNA Academy (as well as CRNA School Admissions):
"I'm not sure if you remember me, but we
emailed a few times about the "cold hard facts" and also the crna
academy and I'd just like to thank you tremendously for your help
because I was accepted to Texas Wesleyan University CRNA program and I
start this August!
"Despite doing years and years of research, I honestly don't think I would have done as well in my interview as I did without the help of both of those resources. The CRNA academy portion that had possible interview questions was probably the biggest help. I actually was accepted during my interview. Just wanted to say thanks so much for your help of both your website and your suggested resources."
-Tara, Texas Wesleyan University SRNA
CRNA School Requirements (including a thorough section on ICU experience): Once you’ve read the overview and the e-book, you’ll want to know which CRNA school requirements are standard and which ones vary from school to school. It is human nature to want to be the exception to the rule, and I often get emails or chat questions from people wanting to know if there’s any way to bypass certain requirements. CRNA School Requirements will tell you very clearly what requirements are written in stone and which ones can be bypassed.
An Average CRNA Program : Before you begin searching for the right CRNA program, you’ll want to know how CRNA programs can vary. For instance, knowing that schools range in length from 24-36 months for the EXACT SAME DEGREE may make you reconsider choosing a program that’s a full 36 months long, especially when you find out that you can earn a DNP (doctor of nursing practice) degree instead of an MSN nursing degree in only 36 months (DNP degrees take between 36-48 months to complete).
Should I Get a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree (or just stick with the Master’s degree)?: discusses the pros and cons of spending an extra year in school pursuing this advanced degree. It answers the question: “Is it really worth it?”
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesia: Explains what the degree is and discusses how a switch will take place in 2025 causing all incoming CRNA students to get a DNP degree (rather than just a masters) in order to practice. Those who have a Master’s in Anesthesia before the year 2025 will be “grandfathered” in and will never be required to obtain additional education. This page also lists all the DNP programs that you may enter with a BSN (excluding all schools that require you to be a Certified Nurse Anesthetist before you apply).
What are my chances of getting accepted into CRNA School?
This is the most commonly asked question on my site. Hopefully, after reading this you'll have a better idea of where you stand against the competition.
You are currently a student
Whether you’re still in high school, you’re in a nursing program, or you’re a full time RN (Registered Nurse) just finishing up your BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), there are three pages that will help you do well in school.
How to Prepare to be a Certified Nurse Anesthetist While You're Still in School: Gives you tips on how to get the right kind of experience, and what classes you should take to get you on the "fast track" to your goal.
How to get the Best Grades with the Least Amount of Effort: Some people are naturally “good at school”, while others seem to struggle their entire academic career. Whether you are the former or the latter, you’ll need to excel in school if you want to become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. The minimum GPA requirement for most schools is a 3.0, but realistically, you should have a 3.5 or better to be competitive. Though I’ve been an “A” student all my life, I learned some very valuable study tips from this e-book and it gave me a much better understanding of why I study differently than most of my peers. It is NOT a one-size-fits-all study approach. Rather, it will help you identify your learning style and use the strategies that best work for you.
Online Anatomy and Physiology Review Course: Ask any nurse, and they’ll tell you that Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) was one of the most important, foundational classes they took. All of your prerequisite science classes are important, but if you don’t understand how the body works, you’re really in trouble when you try to assimilate other knowledge you learn later on. Whether you took A&P years ago and need a refresher, or you plan on taking the class in the future, you’ll want to peek through this A&P Master Study Guide. Your knowledge on this topic could determine whether or not you get accepted into CRNA School.
You’re in the CRNA School Selection Process
In order of popularity, these are the pages of my site you’ll find most helpful when you begin your CRNA School searching process.
CRNA Schools by State not only lists schools by state, it also explains how to find schools where you already meet the requirements, saving you the hassle of taking extra classes.
Unique CRNA Programs will help you find schools that will accept a lower GPA, accept ER as critical care experience, do not require the GRE and are less competitive in general. It is the 3rd most popular page on my site.
CRNA School By Rank explains how much credence should be given to CRNA school rankings, how the rankings are determined, and how, ultimately, to choose a quality school.
CRNA Schools by Cost: Schools that charge out of state tuition are listed twice: first for in state tuition, and then for out of state.
CRNA Schools by Application Deadline not only lists schools by their deadline, but explains when it is best to apply and how many programs you should apply to.
CRNA School Reviews: If I had reviews on all 100+ CRNA programs, I’m sure this would be my top page, but at the moment, there are only reviews to a few handfuls of schools. What I will tell you is that people with polarized opinions tend to speak up before those who are simply “satisfied” with their experience. So, if you want to find out which schools people are raving about and which ones to RUN from, you’ll want to check out this page.
CRNA Schools Map: I must admit that when I created this page, I imagined it would be one of my most popular. For whatever reason, it isn’t, so, I don’t keep it very up-to-date. It will, however, give you a quick visual of where the clusters of schools are (you'll quickly deduce from looking at the map that if you live on the West coast, you'll most likely be moving for school).
CRNA School Updates offers a link to the last 10 schools and/or pages that have been significantly updated recently
*This page was updated March 1, 2013*