If you’re looking for unique CRNA programs that will match up with your specific educational or experiential background, then you’ve come to the right place.
As you can see, this page was designed for serious applicants looking to learn more about Unique CRNA Programs. Applicants who are wondering…
How to find CRNA schools that are Are 100% Online
How to find CRNA schools that will accept ER as Critical Care
How to find CRNA schools that will accept less than a 3.0 GPA
How to find CRNA schools that do not require the GRE
How to find CRNA schools that will accept the MCAT or the MAT in place of the GRE
How to find CRNA schools that are less competitive
And much more
Online CRNA Schools
There are currently no online nurse anesthesia programs in the US. Practicing CRNAs tend to feel that an online CRNA program wouldn’t offer adequate training.
Though some programs have tried to initiate a fully online program, the opposition towards the idea is too strong at this point for any program to materialize.
However, there are quite a few programs which now offer an online/on campus hybrid. Many of the entry level DNP programs are now offering online courses for the first year, allowing you to continue working during that time, and then leading into the last 2 years of a more intense program where working is either strongly discouraged or strictly not allowed.
In addition to hybrid programs, this spreadsheet will allow you to search by 59 different criteria!
The screenshot below only displays about one tenth of the spreadsheet. You’ll be amazed at just how useful this tool is in helping you find the right school.
Will accept ER as Critical Care
Some CRNA schools have certain ICU units that they prefer (usually Surgical and Cardiovascular). Other schools aren’t as concerned with the unit you worked in as much as they are the type of experience you had, and the level of comprehension you have walked away with.
However, it’s important to note that statistically, graduates who come from a non-ICU background have a higher rate of failure to pass their board exam, which is required for certification.
The following schools will accept Emergency Room / Emergency Department (ER/ED) as long as the unit is a level one trauma center. Keep in mind that you’re always better off with a more well-rounded experience base, and just because CRNA programs accept a certain type of experience, it doesn’t mean it’s their first choice for an applicant.
Antillean Adventist University, PR. “Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.”
Bryan College of Health Sciences, Nebraska. Applicants should contact the school if they have questions about their clinical experience.
Charleston Area Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, West Virginia
Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program, North Carolina
Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Pennsylvania
Excela Health School of Anesthesia, Pennsylvania
Florida International University, Florida. They will accept experiences on an individual basis.
Florida State University, Florida. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
Goldfarb School of Nursing – Barnes Jewish College at Washington University Medical Center, Missouri. Experience with ventilators, invasive lines, and/or have a variety of medicated drips are a must. Other experiences may be considered if they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
Hamot Medical Center School of Anesthesia with Gannon University, Pennsylvania. Emergency room experience is considered only if it is obtained in a large trauma center.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Rhode Island
Midwestern University, Arizona
Missouri State School of Anesthesia, Missouri
National University – Fresno, California. Trauma emergency department and other experiences will be considered on an individual basis.
University of New England, Maine. ER experience considered on an individual basis but is generally not sufficient as the sole critical care experience.
Northeastern University, Massachusetts
Our Lady of the Lake College, Louisiana. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
Quinnipiac University, Connecticut
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minnesota
State University New York (SUNY) Buffalo, New York – prefer ICU experience, accept ER on an individual basis.
Union University Doctor of Nursing Practice, Tennessee
University of Arizona School of Nursing, Arizona. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan. ER is acceptable if you can demonstrate familiarity with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.
University of Michigan-Flint & Hurley Medical Center, Michigan. You are expected to have a working knowledge of the pulmonary artery and other advanced monitoring modalities and titration of vasopressors (which are not usually utilized in the ER).
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minnesota. “Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.”
University of North Florida, ER is determined on an individual basis.
University of Saint Francis, ER is determined on an individual basis.
University of Southern California, California. ER is determined on an individual basis.
Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Pennsylvania
York College of Pennsylvania & WellSpan Health, Pennsylvania
Will take less than a 3.0 GPA (cumulative)
If your GPA is less than a 3.0, you have very slim chances of getting accepted into a CRNA program. In fact, when you use my Searchable Spreadsheet to filter schools by GPA requirements, you’ll find that only 3 schools are currently accepting applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA, and another 9 that don’t have a minimum requirement. Most accepted applicants have above a 3.5. average GPA at some of the more competitive CRNA Programs is a 3.8.
However, If you shine in other ways, and perhaps you’ve taken (or plan to take) a few graduate level science classes to prove that you’re capable of achieving high grades, and you’re determined to become a CRNA, then I recommend that you read the CRNA School Guide.
It will give you specific steps to take to drastically improve your resume and application, so that it will at least be noticed by the admission committee. Please understand that I’m giving you no guarantee of acceptance. I’ve always believed that where there is a will, there is a way, and if you feel strongly that you have what it takes to become a CRNA, and you’re willing to do what it takes, the CRNA School Guide may offer you some hope.
If your science GPA is holding you back, you may want to consider retaking some of the prerequisite classes, especially if you scored less than a “B”. If human anatomy and physiology is on your list of classes to retake, here is a master study guide that will help you ace the class the next time around.
If your scores are really low, another thing to consider is that there may be a different career path that is more suited to your strengths. Read this article to explore other well paying career options.
Columbia University, New York. No minimum GPA requirement.
Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/ La Salle University Graduate Nursing, Pennsylvania. No minimum GPA is stated.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Rhode Island. Minimum GPA is 2.75 both cumulative and in science courses.
Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia – University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina. They require a 3.0 in nursing. If your undergraduate grades are less than ideal but you did really well in your nursing program, it may be worth applying here.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minnesota. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, however, you’ll need a science GPA of 3.0-3.2 to be competitive.
Union University School of Nursing CRNA Master’s Program, Tennessee. They require a 3.0 GPA for your last 60 units of education and compare that with your science GPA.
University of Saint Francis, Indiana. They are looking for a GPA of 3.2 overall but will consider a lower GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.2 overall, you must submit the GRE and will be considered on an individual basis.
University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. They recommend having a 3.0 GPA but if you have less than 3.0 GPA you are required to submit GRE scores.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They prefer a 3.0 GPA but will consider 2.70-2.99 on a probationary status.
Do not require the GRE
California State University Fullerton, California
Decatur Memorial Hospital and Millikin University, Illinois, does not require the GRE unless your GPA is below a 3.0.
Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Pennsylvania waived for GPA 3.5 or higher and science GPA > 3.25. Also waived for Post-Master’s Certificate applicants.
Gonzaga University & Sacred Heart Medical Center, Washington – they require a CCRN instead
Loma Linda University, California
Lourdes University, Ohio
Marian University, Indiana
Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina – does not require the GRE unless you have a GPA of less than 3.6.
Midwestern University, Arizona
Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, Minnesota
Murray State University & Baptist Health, Kentucky
National University – Fresno, California
Oakland University Beaumont, Michigan. Will waive the GRE requirement if your GPA is a 3.5 or better.
Otterbein University & Grant Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, Ohio. Applicants with less than a 3.5 GPA require the GRE.
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, New Jersey
Quinnipiac University, Connecticut
Rutgers School of Nursing, New Jersey
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minnesota
Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania. Only require the GRE or MAT if your GPA is below a 3.2.
University of Akron, Ohio
University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan
University of Iowa, Iowa
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Maryland
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minnesota
University of New England, Maine
University of North Dakota, North Dakota
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Pennsylvania. They do offer a waiver for GRE scores, however, the final say is the Master’s Admissions Committee and is not guaranteed.
University of Saint Francis, Indiana. The GRE is only required if your overall GPA is below 3.2.
University of Scranton Nurse Anesthesia Program, Pennsylvania. You may either submit a GRE score OR present a record of progressively higher work experience. You will need to submit GRE scores if your GPA is less than 3.0.
University of Tennessee College of Nursing at Knoxville, Tennessee. The GRE is only required for those applicants with a GPA of less than 3.3.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The GRE is only required for those applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0.
Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Pennsylvania. Will waive the GRE requirement if GPA is 3.4 or better.
Wayne State University, Michigan. They require a CCRN certification instead of the GRE.
Webster University, Missouri
Will accept the MCAT or the MAT in place of the GRE
Allegheny Valley Hospital and La Roche College School of Anesthesia, Pennsylvania. Will accept the MAT in place of the GRE.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation & Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. Will accept the GRE or the MAT.
Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Pennsylvania will accept the MAT in place of the GRE.
Emory University, GA. They will take the GMAT in place of the GRE if taken within 5 years of the application deadline.
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. Will accept the GRE or MAT.
InterAmerican University, Puerto Rico. Will accept the GRE, EXADEP, MAT or GMAT.
Northeastern University, Massachusetts
St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, Rhode Island
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, New York. Will accept the MAT in place of the GRE.
University of Puerto Rico, PR. Will accept both the GRE and the EXADEP.
University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Erlanger Health System, Tennessee, will accept the MAT in place of the GRE.
Villanova University & Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Pennsylvania. Will accept the MAT in place of the GRE.
Less competitive CRNA Programs
CRNA Program acceptance rates range from 6% to 77%. And no, I’m not making that up. This is based on number of seats in the program divided by number of qualified applicants. You can access this data and see where programs fall throughout this distribution by downloading the searchable spreadsheet.
Some Universities will not disclose their number of applicants. They fear that students will calculate their chances of acceptance and choose not to apply. It is in the schools best interest to receive as many applications as possible, to ensure they have a quality applicant pool.
For this reason, it’s not possible for me to create a fully complete list of “less competitive schools”, however, you can find a pretty thorough list of them on the spreadsheet mentioned above.
Also, schools may be very competitive in certain admission requirements while being much less competitive in other areas – it really depends on which pool of applicants you’re competing against.
As you’re looking for “easy CRNA Programs,” keep an eye out for low requirements. Schools with fewer applicants tend to lower their requirements to enlarge their “eligible applicant pool.” Schools with an abundance of applicants increase their minimum standards, giving you more hoops to jump through so they’ll have fewer and more qualified applicants.
You can now sort the searchable spreadsheet for any requirement you want! This allows you to see how each school compares to the others, and sort all schools by requirements, allowing you to pull together a list of all schools with the lowest requirements.
As a general rule, the more CRNA Programs there are in a certain region, the less likely they are to be highly competitive. The opposite is also true. The most competitive programs are likely to be on the West Coast, simply because it has such a dense population and only a handful of schools to choose from.
Rather than guessing, look at the numbers!
Find schools listed by acceptance rate (along with 58 other criteria) and make an educated decision today about which school will offer you the best CRNA education.
*This page was updated August 19th, 2017.*
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