CRNA Schools by State

You've decided to become a CRNA. Congratulations. Now the trick is finding the right CRNA school.

Should be easy, right?

Wrong.

You'll be surprised when you find out how much each school differs - in requirements, price, and quality of education.

I've heard from too many disappointed SRNAs to believe otherwise. Best case scenario? You get lucky and end up in an excellent school.

Worse case? Well... you could end up in a program that is too demanding and end up failing out...

or end up in a program with disorganized or inadequate clinical experience.

Or in a clinical environment where CRNAs can't push their own meds or are highly restricted - in which case, you won't learn what you need to learn to be an autonomous, confident CRNA.

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Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Iowa

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Washington DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin

All other states

Alabama

There are CRNA Schools with three clinical locations in Alabama.

Samford University: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Alabama at Birmingham: MSN (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that is available at a clinical site in Mobile. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

Arizona

Midwestern University: MSNA (Entry Level)

Arkansas

There are CRNA schools with three clinical locations in Arkansas.

Arkansas State University Jonesboro: MSN (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that is available at two clinical sites: Little Rock and Jonesboro. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

California

There are five CRNA schools in California.

California State University Fullerton/ Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia: MSNA (Entry Level)

Loma Linda University: MS (Entry Level)

National University - Fresno: MSNA (Entry Level)

Samuel Merritt University: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Southern California: MSNA (Entry Level), DNP (Entry Level), to begin late 2016 upon COA approval

Colorado                 
*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that is available at a clinical site in Denver. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.                                  

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Connecticut

There are five CRNA programs in Connecticut.

Central Connecticut State University & Hospital of Saint Raphael: MS in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia (Entry Level)

Fairfield University & Bridgeport Hospital: DNP (Entry Level)

Hartford Anesthesiology Associates: MS in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Anesthesia from Central Connecticut State University (Entry Level).

Quinnipiac University: DNP (Entry Level), DNP (Completion) opened January 2014

Delaware

Though there are no CRNA Schools in Delaware, as a resident, you can take advantage of the Academic Common Market (ACM), allowing you to pay in state tuition rates for CRNA programs in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Florida

There are CRNA schools with ten clinical locations in Florida.

Adventist University of Health Sciences(formerly FHCHS): MSNA (Entry Level)

Barry University: MSA (Entry Level), DNP (Completion) Many learning sites throughout Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University: MSN (Entry Level)

Florida International University: MSN (Entry Level)

Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia & Bay Medical Center: MSNA (Entry Level)

University of Miami: DNP (Entry Level)

University of North Florida: DNP (Entry Level)

University of South Florida: MS (Entry Level)

Wolford College: MSNA (Entry Level), DNP (Completion)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that is available at a clinical site in Tallahassee. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction. 

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Georgia

Georgia Regents University: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Completion)

Illinois

There are six CRNA programs located in Illinois.

NorthShore University & DePaul University: DNP (Entry Level)

Millikin University & Decatur Memorial Hospital: DNP (Entry Level)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine: MSNA (Entry Level)

Rush University: DNP (Entry Level)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: DNP NA (Entry Level), Post-Master's DNP (Entry Level)

Iowa

University of Iowa: DNP (Entry Level)

Kansas

There are CRNA schools with four clinical locations in Kansas.

Newman University: MSNA (Entry Level)

University of Kansas Medical Center: DNP (Entry Level) 

*Texas Wesleyan UniversityMSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that has two possible clinical sites: Topeka and Witchita. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

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Kentucky

There are CRNA schools with two clinical locations in Kentucky.

Murray State University & Baptist Health: MSN (Entry Level), DNP (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that is available at a clinical site in Edgewood. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

Louisiana

There are CRNA schools with five clinical locations in Louisiana.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center: DNP (Entry Level), DNP (Completion)

Our Lady of the Lake College: DNP-NA (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  This is a distance learning option that has three possible clinical sites: Alexandria, West Monroe and Shreveport. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

Maine

University of New England: MSNA (Entry Level)

Maryland

There are two CRNA programs in Maryland.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ Military Nurse Anesthesia Program: DNP (Entry Level)

University of Maryland: DNP (Entry Level)

Massachusetts

There are two CRNA schools in Massachusetts.

Boston College: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Northeastern University: MS (Entry Level), Accellerated MS (Completion - for Certified CRNAs), Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (Entry Level - shorter course of anesthesia study for those with an MSN already)

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Michigan

There are five CRNA schools located in Michigan.

Michigan State University: MSN (Entry Level)

Oakland University Beaumont: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate - NA (Entry Level)

University of Detroit Mercy: MSNA (Entry Level)

University of Michigan-Flint & Hurley Medical Center: MS (Entry Level), DrAP (Completion)

Wayne State University: MSA (Entry Level)

Minnesota

There are five CRNA programs in Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: DNAP (Entry Level), DNAP (Completion)

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia: MSNA (Entry Level)

Saint Mary University of Minnesota: MSNA (Entry Level)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities: DNP (Entry Level)

Mississippi

There are two CRNA schools located in Mississippi.

*The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level) A distance learning option is available at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS. This option requires you to be in Chattanooga, TN for the first three months of the program.

University of Southern Mississippi: DNP (Entry Level), new program 

Missouri

There are four CRNA schools located in Missouri.

Goldfarb School of Nursing - Barnes Jewish College at Washington University Medical Center: MSN with concentration in NA (Entry Level)

Missouri State School of Anesthesia: MSNA (Entry Level)

Webster University: MSNA (Entry Level)

Truman Medical Centers School of Nurse Anesthesia: DNP (Entry Level)

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Nebraska

There are two CRNA programs in Nebraska.

Bryan College of Health Science: DNAP (Entry Level)

Clarkson College: MSN (Entry Level)

New Jersey

There are two CRNA schools in New Jersey.

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate in Anesthesia (Entry Level)

Rutgers School of Nursing (formerly UMDNJ): MSN, program will be changing to a DNP upon COA approval October 2014.  First cohort will begin May 2015. (Entry Level)

New York

There are four CRNA schools located in New York.

Albany Medical College: MS (Entry Level)

Columbia University: MS (Entry Level), MS (Completion), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo: DNP (Entry Level)

State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center: MSNA (Entry Level)

North Carolina

There are six CRNA schools located in North Carolina.

Duke University: DNP (Entry Level), Fall 2014, first semester of a new program, Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

East Carolina University: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level) 

Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia & University of North Carolina at Greensboro: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Completion)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte & Carolinas Medical Center: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center School of Medicine: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate in Anesthesia Nursing (Entry Level)

Western Carolina University: MSN (Entry Level)

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North Dakota

There are CRNA Schools with two clinical locations in North Dakota.

University of North Dakota: MS with major in Nursing (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate Nursing (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion). A distance learning option is available at a clinical site in Bismarck, North Dakota. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

Ohio

There are CRNA Schools with ten possible clinical locations in Ohio.

Cleveland Clinic Foundation & Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University: MSN (Entry Level), MSN (Completion), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University: MSN (Entry Level), MSN (Completion)

Lourdes University: MSN (Entry Level)

Otterbein University & Grant Medical Center: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Akron: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

University of Cincinnati: MSN (Entry Level)

Youngstown State University & Bitonte College of Health Sciences (BCHHS): MSN (Entry Level)

*Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  A distance learning option is available at two clinical sites in Cincinatti and one clinical site in Dayton. This option requires you to be in Fort Worth, Texas for a small portion of the instruction.

Oklahoma

Though there are no CRNA Schools in Oklahoma. As a state resident, you can take advantage of the Academic Common Market (ACM), allowing you to pay in state tuition rates for CRNA programs in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Pennsylvania

With 12 CRNA schools currently taking applicants in PA, it's the state with the most choices.  

Allegheny Valley Hospital & La Roche College: MSHS (Entry Level)

Bloomsburg University: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Scranton: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Completion)

Drexel University: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Excela Health School of Anesthesia & Saint Vincent College: MHSNA (Entry Level), DNAP (Completion)

Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/ La Salle University Graduate Nursing: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Nazareth Hospital - is voluntarily closing on 12/31/2015. They are not accepting new students.

Thomas Jefferson University: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Pennsylvania: MSN (Entry Level)

University of Pittsburgh: MSN (Entry Level), DNP (Completion)

UPMC Hamot & Gannon University: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

York College of Pennsylvania & WellSpan Health: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level)

Puerto Rico

There are two CRNA programs in Puerto Rico.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico: MSA (Entry Level)

University of Puerto Rico: MSN (Entry Level)

Rhode Island

There are two CRNA programs in Rhode Island.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island: MS in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia (Entry Level)

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses: MSN (Entry Level)

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South Carolina

There are two CRNA schools in South Carolina.

Medical University of South Carolina: MSNA (Entry Level)

University of South Carolina & Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital: MNA (Entry Level)

South Dakota

Mount Marty College: MS (Entry Level)

Tennessee

There are six CRNA schools in Tennessee.

Lincoln Memorial University: MSN (Entry Level)

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia: MS (Entry Level), DNAP (Completion)

Union University Doctor of Nursing Practice: Post-Master's DNP (Completion)

Union University Master of Science in Nursing Program: DNP (Entry Level)

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga & Erlanger Health System: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Entry Level) 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center: DNP (Entry Level)

University of Tennessee - Knoxville: MSN (Entry Level), Post-Master's Certificate (Completion)

Texas

There are five CRNA colleges in Texas offerings nine different programs. 

Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing: DNP (Entry Level)

Baylor College of Medicine: DNP (Entry Level), DNP (Completion)

Texas Christian University: DNP-Anesthesia (Entry Level) 

Texas Wesleyan University: MSNA (Entry Level), MHS (Completion), DNAP (Completion).  There are 8 locations within the state of TX working in collaboration with Texas Wesleyan. 

University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center: MSN (Entry Level), DNP (Entry Level) 

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Utah

Westminster College: MSNA (Entry Level)

Virginia

There are four CRNA programs offered in Virginia.

Old Dominion University: MSN transitioning to DNP beginning Summer 2015 pending COA approval. (Entry Level)

Virginia Commonwealth University: MSNA (Entry Level)

Virginia Commonwealth University: DNAP (Completion)

Virginia Commonwealth University: MSNA-DNAP combined degree

Washington DC

Georgetown University: MS (Entry Level)

All Other States

There are currently no CRNA schools in the following states: 

Alaska
*Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho 
Indiana
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
*Oklahoma
Vermont
Wyoming 

*Residents of these states may pay in state tuition for CRNA Schools that are in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. This is part of the Academic Common Market (ACM) program.

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*This page was updated September 30, 2014.

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