CRNA Schools by State 2022

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse who administers anesthesia for medical procedures, surgery, and trauma stabilization. CRNAs have the option to specialize in types of medicine such as pediatric, plastic surgery, dental, neurological services, and cardiovascular. CRNAs are the highest paid nurses in the United States. As of 2016, the average CRNA salary is $160,270 per year.

They work in ambulances, operating rooms, surgical centers, the military, and in specialists’ offices. In rural areas, CRNAs are the main anesthesia providers, not anesthesiologists. Their role is critical in the medical field. Their roles involve everything fro pre-operative to post-operative responsibilities, including pre-anesthesia assessments, connecting invasive and noninvasive monitors, pain management, and post-anesthesia recovery.

Becoming a CRNA requires at least one year of being a critical care nurse. Additionally, CRNAs will need to complete a graduate program approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Education Programs. These programs span anywhere from two to three and a half years and are heavily on clinical experience. After 2022, the master’s level will no longer be available for students entering programs, as the profession is shifting from a master’s level to a doctoral level. Those who apply to CRNA programs should expect a very competitive and highly selective process. Applications require several references, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a personal statement. Nursing experience and academic caliber are both scrutinized.

CRNA Accredited Programs

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Education Programs initiated its accreditation program for CNRA programs in 1952. The Council’s scope of accreditation includes institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the post master’s certificate, master’s, or doctoral degree levels in the U.S.

Below are the accredited programs by state.


  • Samford University
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Midwestern University
  • University of Arizona


  • University of Arkansas
  • Arkansas State University


  • National University Fresno
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of Southern California
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • California State University Fullerton


  • Fairfield University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Nurse Anesthesia Program of Hartford
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

District of Columbia

  • Georgetown University


  • University of Miami
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Barry University
  • University International University
  • Keiser University (Naples)
  • AdventHealth University
  • Florida State University (Panama City)
  • University of South Florida


  • Emory University
  • Augusta University


  • Rush University
  • The Millikin University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • NorthShore University
  • Rosaline Franklin University of Medicine and Science


  • University of Saint Francis
  • Marian University


  • University of Iowa


  • University of Kansas
  • Newman University


  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Baptist Health Murray State University


  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
  • Louisiana State University (New Orleans)



  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Maryland (Baltimore)
  • Uniformed Services University


  • Northeastern University
  • Boston College


  • University of Detroit
  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • Oakland University (Beaumont)


  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Minneapolis School of Anesthesia


  • University of Southern Mississippi


  • Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill School of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Missouri State University
  • Barnes-Jewish College
  • Webster University


  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Clarkson College

New Jersey

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program
  • Rutgers University (Newark)

New York

  • Albany Medical College
  • University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo)
  • Columbia University

North Carolina

  • Western Carolina
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Duke University
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • East Carolina University
  • Wake Forest University

North Dakota

  • University of North Dakota


  • University of Akron
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Lourdes University
  • Otterbein University
  • St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.


  • Oregon Health and Science University


  • Cedar Crest College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Gannon University
  • Excela Health School of Anesthesia
  • La Salle University
  • Drexel University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Allegheny School of Anesthesia
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Scranton
  • Villanova University
  • York College of Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

  • InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico
  • Antillean Adventist University
  • University of Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island School of Nursing

South Carolina

  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • University of South Carolina

South Dakota

  • Mount Marty College


  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Union University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center


  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Baylor College
  • University of Texas Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing Houston
  • US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing


  • Westminster College


  • Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Gonzaga University

West Virginia

  • Charleston Area Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia
  • West Virginia University


  • Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia
  • Marquette University
  • University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

CRNA Schools by State 2022