Nurse Anesthetist Schools
by Rank 2011

These nurse anesthetist schools are listed by rank, according to the 2011 survey done by US News and World Report.

Since you're planning on spending the next two to three years of your life with your nose in the books, choosing one of the top CRNA schools in the nation only makes sense.

Rankings are based on an opinion survey

I will start by saying that these rankings are not reliable and you are wise to not base your final decision on this subjective report.

You may be familiar with school rankings of major disciplines like business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These are ranked using a combination of statistics and opinion, making them very accurate and useful. CRNA school rankings, however, are founded entirely on opinion.

To quote U.S. News and World Report, the programs are “ranked based solely on input from educators at peer nursing institutions, who nominated up to 10 schools for excellence in each area; schools with the most votes are listed. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.”

Basically, each CRNA program administrator in the country is sent a questionnaire about competing CRNA schools. They are asked to rate the other programs on a scale of 1-5 (1 being “marginal” and 5 being “outstanding”). CRNA Schools with a score less than 2.0 are listed in alphabetical order as “No Rank”. Surveyors were instructed to select "don't know" if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program.

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Evaluating nurse anesthetist schools by rank is more dangerous than you think. By offering a false sense of confidence, it may lead you to make a decision you regret.

Pages 52-54 of the CRNA School Guide talk in depth on this and show a much more scientific approach for choosing a school which will thoroughly prepare you for your career as a nurse anesthetist.


Disadvantage of a subjective ranking process

The disadvantage to this method is that the rankings are more accurate in identifying which program director has more friends than which nurse anesthetist program offers the best education. It’s a popularity contest, not empirical evidence.

Also keep in mind that not all program directors participate in the vote. In the 2011 CRNA school rankings, only 49% of surveys were completed. This means that the opinions of 51% of the schools are not represented in the data.

This isn’t to say that the ratings are not useful, but they must be taken with a [large] grain of salt. I would use them like a compass, rather than a ruler when measuring CRNA schools of your choice.

If you want to know more about how to use these rankings to properly influence your CRNA school choice, I suggest you read this article about the ranking process.

These 2011 CRNA school rankings are the most recent available. CRNA schools are ranked every four years. See how these rankings compare to the 2007 CRNA school rankings.

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Ranked 100

No Rank Not Surveyed

School Rankings

According to U.S. News and World Report (2011)

Ranked 1

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These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 4.0 out of 5.0

U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, VA

Commonwealth University Master of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)

Virginia Commonwealth University MSNA-DNAP Combined Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)

Virginia Commonwealth University Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)

Ranked 3

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.9 out of 5.0

Rush University, Chicago, IL (Rank unchanged)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Ranked #5 in 2007)

Ranked 5

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.5 out of 5.0

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Ranked #11 in 2007)

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/ Military NurseAnesthesia Program Bethesda, MD (Ranked #6 in 2007)

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Ranked 11

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.3 out of 5.0

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Ranked #22 in 2007)

Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program Durham, NC (Ranked #42 in 2007)

Samuel Merritt University/Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, CA (Ranked #16 in 2007)

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI (Ranked #16 in 2007)

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (Ranked #6 in 2007)

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (Ranked #26 in 2007)

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Ranked 17

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.2 out of 5.0

Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Ranked #6 in 2007)

Oakland University & Beaumont Hospital, Rochester, MI (Ranked #11 in 2007)

State University New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Ranked #16 in 2007)

University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD (Ranked #32 in 2007)

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (Ranked #16 in 2007)

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Ranked 22

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.1 out of 5.0

Carolinas Medical Center & University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (Ranked #32 in 2007)

California State University Fullerton/Kaiser School of Anesthesia, Pasadena, CA (Ranked #6 in 2007)

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine / Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN (Ranked #26 in 2007)

University of Michigan-Flint & Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI (Ranked #32 in 2007)

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Ranked 26

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 3.0 out of 5.0

Boston College (Connell), Chestnut Hill, MA (Ranked #32 in 2007)

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (Rank unchanged)

Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Rank unchanged)

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (Ranked #59 in 2007) 

University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (Ranked #23 in 2007)

University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX (Ranked #16 in 2007)

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Ranked 32

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.9 out of 5.0

Michigan State University, Lansing, MI. (CRNA Program did not exist at the time of the 2007 survey. It began in 2008.)

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, St. Louis Park, MN (Ranked #26 in 2007)

Mount Marty College Graduate Program, Sioux Falls, SD (Rank unchanged)

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR (CRNA program was not surveyed in 2007)

Sacred Heart Medical Center & Gonzaga University,Spokane, WA (Ranked #23 in 2007)

Samford University (Moffett), Birmingham, AL (Ranked #69 in 2007) 

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Cincinatti, OH (Ranked #11 in 2007)

University of Tennessee College of Nursing – Health Science Center at Memphis, Memphis, TN (Ranked #52 in 2007)

Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Villanova, VA (Ranked #32 in 2007)

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Ranked 41

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.8 out of 5.0

Columbia University, New York, NY (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Philadelphia, PA (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Hamot Medical Center School of Anesthesia with Gannon University, Erie, PA (Ranked #23 in 2007)

Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia - University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Raleigh, NC (Ranked #16 in 2007)

St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN (Ranked #32 in 2007)

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (Ranked #32 in 2007)

York College of Pennsylvania & WellSpan Health (YCP/WH) Nurse Anesthetist Program, PA (Ranked #77 in 2007)

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Ranked 48

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.7 out of 5.0

East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, NC (Ranked #42 in 2007)

Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/ La Salle University Graduate Nursing, Philadelphia, PA (Ranked #59 in 2007)

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS (Ranked #59 in 2007)

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN (Ranked #42 in 2007)

University of New England, Portland, ME (Ranked #42 in 2007)

University of South Carolina/Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC (Ranked #69 in 2007)

Webster University, Kansas City, MO (Ranked #42 in 2007)

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Ranked 55

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.6 out of 5.0

Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia & La Roche

College, Pittsburgh, PA (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Bryan College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, NE (Ranked #52 in 2007)

Excela Health School of Anesthesia with Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (Ranked #42 in 2007)

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare School of Anesthesia & University of

Wisconsin, LaCrosse, WI (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Otterbein University & Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, Westerville, OH. (It was accredited in May of 2010, so was not part of the 2007 survey)

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (Ranked #77 in 2007)

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (Ranked #69 in 2007)

University of Tennessee Chattanooga - Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, TN (Ranked #69 in 2007)

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Ranked 63

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.5 out of 5.0

Barry University, Miami Shores, FL (Ranked #77 in 2007)

Decatur Memorial Hospital & Millikin University – used to be partnered with Bradley University, Decatur, IL (Ranked #42 in 2007)

York-New Haven Hospital/Central Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT (Ranked #52 in 2007)

Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (Ranked #59 in 2007)

“Minneapolis VA School of Anesthesia, Minneapolis, MN” is listed next on US News and World Report’s 2011 Nursing Anesthesia Rank. The problem is that there is no such school. There are only 4 CRNA Programs in Minnesota. Two of them are in Minneapolis: St. Marries and University of Minnesota. Both of those have already been assigned rankings. It is most likely that this ranking refers to University of Minnesota, as they have the majority of their clinical cases in the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. However, this university is also assigned a rank of 48. 

Fairfield University and Bridgeport Hospital, New Haven, CT (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, NJ (No rank in 2007)

University North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (No rank in 2007)

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Ranked 72

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.4 out of 5.0

NorthShore University & DePaul University, Evanston, IL (Ranked #52 in 2007)

Geisinger Health System with Bloomsburg University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Danville, PA. (This nurse anesthetist program began in 2009 and was therefore not part of the 2007 survey). 

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA (Ranked #42 in 2007)

Nazareth Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesiology, Philadelphia, PA - is voluntarily closing 12/31/2015 and is no longer accepting new students

Newman University, Wichita, KS (Ranked #59 in 2007)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, IL (Not surveyed in 2007)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL (Ranked #77 in 2007)

Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX (No rank in 2007)

Truman Medical Centers School of Nurse Anesthesia, Kansas City, MO (Ranked #42 in 2007) 

University of Akron College of Nursing, Akron, OH (Ranked #59 in 2007)

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (Ranked #32 in 2007)

University of Miami School of Nursing, Coral Gables, FL (No rank in 2007) 

Western Carolina University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Candler, NC. (It was accredited in 2006, and was not part of the 2007 survey)

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Ranked 85

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.3 out of 5.0

Charleston Area Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, Charleston, WV (Ranked #42 in 2007)

Missouri State School of Anesthesia, Springfield, MO (No rank in 2007)

Youngstown State University Bitonte College of Health and Human Services (BCHHS), Youngstown, OH (Ranked #77 in 2007)

Ranked 88

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.3 out of 5.0

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI (Ranked #77 in 2007)

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, North Providence, RI (Ranked #69 in 2007)

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Ranked 90

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.1 out of 5.0

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL (No rank in 2007)

Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, FL (Not surveyed in 2007)

Florida International University, Miami, FL (No rank in 2007)

Lincoln Memorial University (Caylor), Harrogate, TN. (This nurse anesthesia program began in 2006 and was not a part of the 2007 survey).

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Madison, TN (Ranked #69 in 2007)

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ (No rank in 2007)

Our Lady of the Lake / OLOL College, Baton Rouge, LA (Ranked #77 in 2007)
University South Florida, Tampa, FL (No rank in 2007)

Wolford College, Naples, FL (No rank in 2007)

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Ranked 100

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of 2.0 out of 5.0

Baptist Health & Murray State University, Madisonville, KY (Ranked #69 in 2007) 

Union University School of Nursing CRNA Master's Program, Jackson, TN (Began its CRNA Program in 2006 and was, therefore, not part of the 2007 survey)

No Rank

These nurse anesthetist schools received a score of less than 2.0 out of 5.0 and are considered “less than adequate” by US News and World Report.

Arkansas State University Jonesboro, State University, AR (Ranked #77 in 2007)

Bay Medical Center & Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia, Panama City, FL (No rank in 2007) 

Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo, PR (No rank in 2007) 

Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ (No rank in 2007)

*Mountain State University will close October 16, 2011. They will no longer accept students. , Beckely, WV (No rank in 2007)

State University New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center / Kings County Hospital Center / Harlem Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY (No rank in 2007)

Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT (Was not surveyed in 2007)

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Not Surveyed

These CRNA schools were not surveyed because of limited access, the program was too young to get accurate data, or the program was not accredited.

Old Dominion University School of Nursing , Norfolk, VA (Ranked #52 in 2007. Old Dominion was put on probation by the AANA at the time of this survey.)

University of Scranton, Scranton, PA (Ranked #77 in 2007 – not sure why it wasn’t surveyed in 2011)

Clarkson College Nurse Anesthesia Program, NE. This nurse anesthetist school began in 2010.

Loma Linda University, CA. It received accreditation January 2011.

National University, CA. It received accreditation January 2012.

University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MS. It received accreditation October 2012.

Hartford Anesthesiology Associates, East Hartford, CT. It received accreditation August 2013.

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT. It received accreditation January 2013.

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