Nurse Anesthesia Programs are listed here by their application deadlines.
*Please note that because some CRNA schools change their application deadline multiple times each year, the date listed for each school may or may not accurately reflect the current deadline. In most cases, the listed deadline is within a month of the school's revised deadline.
These are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions I get in the chat. I hope they help you as you begin applying to CRNA Schools.
When Should I Apply to Nurse Anesthesia Programs?
It’s best to have your application (and all supporting documents) in several months before the deadline. Most nurse anesthesia programs give priority to early applicants. Some programs even have two deadlines for this reason.
Generally speaking, programs start accepting applications roughly 18 months before the start of the program until as few as 6 months before the class begins. The average deadline is around 12 months before the program begins; however, some programs accept applications year round.
Most nurse anesthesia programs have application deadlines in October, November or December.
Keep in mind that there are a handful of nurse anesthesia programs that allow for smaller window of applications. These schools are generally more competitive. They use this time restriction to limit the number of applicants because otherwise they would be flooded.
The opposite is also true – nurse anesthesia programs that accept your application up to (what seems like) the day before the program starts are much more eager for quality applicants. If your marks are on the lower end, it may be best to apply to these schools first.
How Many Nurse Anesthesia Programs Should I Apply To?
It REALLY depends on which schools you plan on applying to. Some nurse anesthesia programs get so many applicants that they won’t even consider your application unless your GPA is better than 3.5, you have more than 3 years in the ICU (at a large hospital) and your GRE score is better than 1100.
If you were to apply to 6 or 7 of these schools with, let’s say, a GPA of 3.2 and 1 year PICU experience, you’d be devastated when you didn’t even get an interview with one of these schools!
However, if you did more strategic planning and applied to 2 or 3 nurse anesthesia programs that were less competitive, you’d most likely get at least one interview.
Also, don’t apply to nurse anesthesia programs if you don’t meet their minimum requirements. Every program director I’ve spoken with so far has told me that they throw out applications of students who don’t meet the minimums.
Save yourself time and energy by only applying to nurse anesthesia programs you have a chance of getting into.
January 5th (for both January and August admission) University of Pittsburgh, PA
January 10th for CMC and January 15th for UNCC February interviews (August start). You need to submit two application (to CMC & UNCC). Carolinas Medical Center & University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), NC
January 15th (August start) University of Southern California, CA
January 30th (January start) Otterbein University & Grant Medical Center, OH
February 1st (September start). Application period is Oct. 1-Feb. 1. Priority deadline is December 1st. Loma Linda University, CA
February 1st (May start), St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, RI
February 1st (September start) Priority deadline is December
1st. It is sometimes extended to Feb., depending on the applicant pool) Samuel Merritt University / Samuel Merritt College, CA
February 1st (January start) University of Tennessee College of Nursing at Knoxville, TN
October 1st for early review (August start). Final review is February 1st. University of Michigan-Flint & Hurley Medical Center, MI
February 1st (August start) Lincoln Memorial University, TN
February 1st (June start) Charleston Area Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, WV
February 15th (August start). Note that their admission is rolling and they will continually review applications as they are completed. University South Florida, FL
March 1st (August start) Virginia Commonwealth University Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice Degree, VA
April 1st (January start) Adventist University of Health Sciences, FL
April 1st (January start) Union University School of Nursing CRNA Master's Program, TN
April 15th (January start) Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia, PA
May 1 (January start) Applications received after May 1 are considered on a space available basis. Barry University, FL
May 1, (January start) Duke University, NC
May 1, (January start) University of South Carolina – Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital (USC/PRMH), SC
May 15th (fall of each year start date) Union University School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice, TN
May 15th (August start) Priority deadline was December 1. University of Miami School of Nursing, FL
May 21st (January start) Michigan State University, MI
May 31st (January start) East Carolina University College of Nursing, NC
June 1st (May start) University of Iowa, IA
June 1st (January start) Samford University, AL
June 1st (May start) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL
June 1st (priority admission) Regular admission deadline is Sept. 1st. University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
June 15th (January start) Western Carolina University, NC.
June 30th (April start) National University, CA.
July 1st (August start)York College of Pennsylvania & WellSpan Health (YCP/WH) Nurse Anesthetist Program
July 1st (July start) Baylor College of Medicine, TX
July 1st (January start) Fairfield University & Bridgeport Hospital, CT
July 1st, 2011 (September start) DePaul University & NorthShore University, IL
July 1st (June start) Rush University, IL
July 1st (for January start); November 1st (for August start). Applications accepted year round. Missouri State School of Nurse Anesthesia, MO
July 1st (June start) Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, TX
July 15th Florida Gulf Coast University, FL
March 1-July 15 University of Kansas Medical Center, KS
August 1st (May start) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Erlanger Health System, TN
August 1st (June start) University of Akron College of Nursing, OH
August 1st (February and March start) Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, IL
August 6, 2010 (January start) Hamot Medical Center School of Anesthesia with Gannon University, PA
August 15th (July start) Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, TN
August 31 (August start) Bryan College of Health Sciences, NE
September 1st (August start) Louisiana State University Health Sciences (LSU School of Nursing), LA
September 1st (August start) University of North Dakota, ND
September 1st (January start) Thomas Jefferson University, PA
September 1st (August start) Priority deadline is June 1st. University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
September 1st (August start) Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington DC
September 1st (August start) Excela Health School of Anesthesia with Saint Vincent College, PA
September 1st (Summer 2011 start) Decatur Memorial Hospital & Millikin University, IL
September 1st (September start) Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, MN
September 1st (August start) University of Cincinnati, OH
September 1st (September start) University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
September 1st (June start) University of Tennessee College of Nursing Health Science Center at Memphis, TN
September 10th for CMC November interviews (August start). You need to submit two application (to CMC & UNCC). Carolinas Medical Center & University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), NC
September 15th (January start) Boston College, MA
September 15th (September start) Oakland University Beaumont, MI
September 15th (August start) Mount Marty College Graduate Program, SD
September 15th (August start) Early applications are encouraged. State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, NY
September 30th (May start)Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island & Central Connecticut State University, RI
October 1st (August start) but early submission of all application materials is strongly advised. Medical College of Georgia, GA
October 1st for UNCC November interviews (August start). You need to submit two application (to CMC & UNCC). Carolinas Medical Center & University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), NC
October 1st for early review. (August start) Final review is February 1st. University of Michigan-Flint & Hurley Medical Center, MI
October 1st (August start) Virginia Commonwealth University Master of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree, VA
October 1st (September start) Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
October 1st (August start) Webster University, MO
October 1st (June start) Truman Medical Centers School of Nurse Anesthesia, MO
October 1st (September start) Geisinger Health System with Bloomsburg University Nurse Anesthesia, PA
October 1st (August start) Texas Christian University, TX
October 1st (August start) University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, TX
October 1st (May or June start, corresponding with UW-L class schedules) They begin accepting apps July 1st Franciscan Skemp Healthcare School of Anesthesia & University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, WI
October 1st (August start) University of Scranton & Commonwealth Health, PA
October 7 (June start) Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, NJ
October 15th (May start) Hospital of Saint Raphael & Central Connecticut State University, CT
October 15th (August start) University of Maryland School of Nursing, MD
October 22nd (August start) Westminster College School of Nursing and Health Professions, UT
October 31st (May start) Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
October 31st (September start). Applications are accepted year round University of Detroit Mercy, MI
October 31st (August start) Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia - University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
November 1st (May start) is the early review. Applications submitted and/or completed after the November 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis only. January 15th is the regular review. University of New England School of Nurse Anesthesia, ME
November 1st (August start) Florida International University, FL
November 1st (August start) Applications submitted after the appropriate date will be considered on a space-available basis. Murray State University & Baptist Health, KY
November 1st (for August start); July 1st (for January start). Applications accepted year round. Missouri State School of Nurse Anesthesia, MO
November 1st (June and September start dates) Columbia University, NY
November 1st (August start) Our Lady of the Lake / OLOL College, LA
November 1st (September start) State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY
November 1st (September start) Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia Program, NE
November 15th (August start) Texas Wesleyan University has Nurse Anesthesia Programs in 12 states through a distance learning option: Alabama, Arkansas, California,
Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North
Dakota, Ohio, and of course, Texas.
November 15th (August start) University North Florida, FL
November 15th (August start) Newman University, KS
November 26th Oregon Health and Science University, OR
November 30th (September start). Applications are available online from Nov. 1-30 California State University Fullerton, CA
November 30th (August start) Medical University of South Carolina, SC
December 1st, final deadline (August start). Priority deadline is August 1st. Lourdes University, OH
December 1st (priority deadline). Applications are accepted Oct. 1-Feb. 1. Loma Linda University, CA
December 1st, though they sometimes accept applications till Feb. 1st (September start) Samuel Merritt University / Samuel Merritt College, CA
December 1 priority deadline (August start) Final Deadline for Fall Semester is June 15 University of Miami School of Nursing, FL
December 1st (September start) Northeastern University, MA
December 1st (August start) It’s best to submit your application in early Fall University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ School of Nursing), NJ
December 1st (January start) Gonzaga University & Sacred Heart Medical Center, WA
December 15th (August start) Goldfarb School of Nursing - Barnes Jewish College at Washington University Medical Center, MO
December 15 (August start) Old Dominion University, School of Nursing, VA
December 31st (August start) Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia with La Roche College, PA
Accepted Year Round
Nurse Anesthesia Programs that accept applications all year:
(January start) Arkansas State University Jonesboro, AR
(February and September start dates) Wolford College, FL. Applications are accepted until each class is full.
(May start) University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
(June start) Rolling admissions Midwestern University, AZ
(August start date) No deadline is stated. “Online apps are now being accepted” Albany Medical College, NY
(August start) No deadline stated. Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center, VA
(September start) Nazareth Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesiology, PA
(August start) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, OH
Nurse Anesthesia Programs that are NOT Accepting Applications
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ Military Nurse Anesthesia, MD is no longer accepting applications to their MSN program because it has transitioned to DNP.
Bay Medical Center & Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia, FL will not be accepting classes in 2013.
This completes nurse anesthesia programs listed by application deadline.