You should relocate before applying to CRNA school if:
1. You really want to live in a certain state, and that state has at least 3 or 4 schools to choose from
2. The state you’re considering moving to charges out of state tuition for several of the schools
3. You have reasonably competitive grades/gre scores/ICU experience and you meet the minimum requirements for the majority of the schools in that state.
You should NOT relocate ahead of time if:
1. You have your heart set on a specific school in that state (and you wouldn’t consider the other schools in that state)
2. The state has less than 3 schools to choose from
3. You are able to find 3+ schools that either don’t charge out of state tuition or their out of state tuition is low enough to fit your budget. Check out these cheap CRNA schools (https://www.all-crna-schools.com/nurse-anesthetist-programs.html#section1).
If you do decide to relocate, now’s the time to move – you’ll need to live there for at least a year (before applying to any programs) to establish residency and get the lower tuition.
Recommended states for relocating
If your scores are not that competitive, Pennsylvania is a great state to move to – there are 13 schools to choose from there. You’re bound to get accepted into one of them!
Other states to consider include: Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.
I would NOT recommend moving to California – The CRNA schools in CA are exceedingly competitive.
Also, the list above is not 100% complete, nor is it exclusive. I quickly scanned the list of states (https://www.all-crna-schools.com/crna-schools.html)looking for ones with 4 or more schools.
If you move to a state with only a few schools, make sure you are a really competitive applicant. If you don’t get accepted, it would be a tragic waste of time.