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    EDUCATION
    September 14, 2021

    50+ CRNA Schools For 2022

    Kathleen Gaines
    By: Kathleen Gaines MSN, RN, BA, CBC

    If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking about, or on your way to becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, the highest-paid nursing profession out there! We know it’s no easy feat, so congrats to you for taking this first step! One of the biggest decisions you have to make in this process is choosing a program! 

    To help you with this decision, we’ve rounded up a list of accredited CRNA schools by state for 2022, including the program cost, the type of degree offered, and whether the program is private or public, so you can easily find the right program for you!

    Alabama

    Samford University
    Birmingham, AL
    Program Cost: $10,695 per semester  (3 terms per year)
    Degree offered: 
    School Type: Private

    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL
    Program Cost: $572 per credit
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Public

    University of Mobile
    Mobile, AL
    Program Cost: $1,000 per credit
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Arizona

    Midwestern University
    Glendale, AZ
    Program Cost: $49,197 per year
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ
    Program Cost: $1,200 per credit
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Public

    Arkansas

    Arkansas State University
    Sate University, AR
    Program Cost: $45,000 per year
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Public

    University of Arkansas

    Little Rock, AR

    Program cost: $22,002/year

    Degree offered: DNAP

    School type: Public

    California

    California State University Fullerton

    Fullerton, CA

    Program cost: $90,791

    Degree offered: DNAP

    School type: Public

    Loma Linda University
    Loma Linda, CA
    Program Cost: $138,666
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    National University
    Fresno, CA
    Program Cost: $75,690
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Samuel Merritt University
    Oakland, CA
    Program Cost: $110,679
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of Southern California (USC)
    Los Angeles, CA
    Program Cost: $1,928 per unit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Connecticut

    Hartford, CT
    Program Cost: $6,424 per term
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Fairfield, CT
    Program Cost: $1,080/credit
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Quinnipiac University
    Hamden, CT
    Program Cost:  $1,085/credit
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Yale University - New Haven Hospital
    New Haven, CT
    Program Cost:  $47,725per year
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    District of Columbia

    Georgetown University
    Washington, DC
    Program Cost:  $81,933 year 1, $39,697 year 2, $24,882 year 3
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Florida

    AdventHealth University

    Orlando, FL
    Program cost: $110,215
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School type: Private

    Barry University
    Hollywood, FL
    Program Cost:  $97,650
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Fort Myers, FL
    Program Cost:  $363.38/credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Florida International University
    Miami, FL
    Program Cost:  $84,521
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Florida State University
    Panama City, FL
    Program Cost:  $92,595.25
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Naples, FL
    Program Cost: $74,777 
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Coral Gables, FL
    Program Cost: $132,000
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    University of North Florida
    Jacksonville, FL
    Program Cost:  $601.70/credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    Tampa, FL
    Program Cost: $800.00 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Georgia

    Augusta, GA
    Program Cost: $9,000 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Atlanta, GA
    Program Cost: $24,190/semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Illinois

    Millikin University
    Decatur, IL
    Program Cost: $1,018 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Northshore University Healthcare/Depaul University
    Evanston, IL
    Program Cost: $755 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Rosalind Franklin University
    North Chicago, IL
    Program Cost: $129,088
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: 

    Rush University
    Chicago, IL
    Program Cost: $1,110 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Southern Illinois University
    Edwardsville, IL
    Program Cost: $61,993
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Indiana

    Marian University
    Indianapolis, IN
    Program Cost: $1,450/credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of Evansville
    Evansville, IN
    Program Cost: $14,100/semester
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Private

    Iowa

    Iowa University
    Iowa City IA
    Program Cost: $80,756
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Kansas

    Wichita, KS
    Program Cost: $1,157.00
    Degree offered: DNAP
    School Type: Public
     
    University of Kansas
    Kansas City, KS
    Program Cost: $60,689.77
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Kentucky

    Murray State University
    Madisonville, KY
    Program Cost: $707 per credit
    Degree offered: MSN
    School Type: Public

    Northern Kentucky University
    Highland Heights, KY
    Program Cost: $746 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Louisiana

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Program Cost: $97,284.00
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Louisiana State University
    New Orleans, LA
    Program Cost: $30,907.50 per year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Northwestern State University

    Natchitoches, LA

    Program cost: $475/credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Public

    Maine

    Portland, ME
    Program Cost: $88,030
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Maryland

    Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore, MD

    Program cost: $62,811/year

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    Uniformed Services University
    Bethesda, MD
    Program Cost: Free w/ 7years active duty
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Maryland
    Baltimore, MD
    Program Cost: $824 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Massachusetts

    Boston College

    Chestnut Hill, MA

    Program cost: $1,574/credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

     

    Northeastern University

    Boston, MA

    Program cost: $1,685/credit hour plus $4,225

    Degree offered: Post-master’s certificate

    School type: Private

    Michigan

    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI
    Program Cost:  $78,735
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Oakland University Beaumont
    Royal Oak, MI
    Program Cost:  $10,500 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Detroit Mercy
    Detroit, MI
    Program Cost: $112,914
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    The University of Michigan Flint
    Flint, MI
    Program Cost: $887.50 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Wayne State University
    Detroit, MI
    Program Cost: $961.83 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Minnesota

    Mayo School of Health Sciences
    Rochester, MN
    Program Cost: $63,556
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    St. Louis Park, MN

    Program cost: $84,825.84

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private
     
    Minneapolis, MN
    Program Cost: $675 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Minneapolis, MN
    Program Cost: $11,800 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Mississippi

    University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg, MS
    Program Cost: $8,536 per term
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Missouri

    St. Louis, MO
    Program Cost: $102,366
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Springfield, MO
    Program Cost: $69,630
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia
    Kansas City MO
    Program Cost: $108,921
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    St. Louis, MO
    Program Cost: $6,585 per term  
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Nebraska

    Bryan College of Health Sciences
    Lincoln, NE
    Program Cost: $1,031 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Clarkson College
    Omaha, NE
    Program Cost: $10,963/semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    New Jersey

    Camden, NJ
    Program Cost: $94,188
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Rutgers School of Nursing
    Newark, NJ
    Program Cost: $971/credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    New York

    Albany Medical College
    Albany, NY
    Program Cost: $84,618
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    New York, NY
    Program Cost: $113,927 per year 
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     

    Hofstra-Northwell

    Hempstead, NY

    Program cost: $1,510/credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    State University of New York at Buffalo
    Buffalo, NY
    Program Cost: $12,560
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    North Carolina

    Durham, NC
    Program Cost: $28,650 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC
    Program Cost: $43,349
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of North Carolina Charlotte
    Charlotte, NC
    Program Cost: $81,012
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Greensboro, NC
    Program Cost: $47,836.89
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Program Cost: $152,296
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    Western Carolina University
    Asheville, NC
    Program Cost: $7,415.40 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    North Dakota

    University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, ND
    Program Cost: $31,067.49/year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Ohio

    Cleveland Clinic School of Anesthesia
    Cleveland, OH
    Program Cost: $2,133 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Frances Payne Bolton – Case Western Reserve University

    Cleveland, OH

    Program cost: $2,263 per credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    Lourdes University
    Sylvania, OH
    Program Cost: $11,000 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Westerville, OH
    Program Cost: $100,683
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     

    St. Elizabeth Health Center/Youngstown State University

    Youngstown, OH

    Program cost: $17,145.98/year

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

     
    Akron, OH
    Program Cost: $507.55 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

     

    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH
    Program cost: $13,322 per term
    Degree offered: DNP
    School type: Public

    Oklahoma

    University of Tulsa

    Tulsa, OK

    Program cost: $127,450

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    Oregon

    Oregon Health and Science University
    Portland, OR
    Program Cost: $132,218.66
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Pennsylvania

    Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Geisinger Health
    Danville, PA
    Program Cost: $1,025.25 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public
     
    Allentown, PA
    Program Cost: $125,196
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private
     
    Philadelphia, PA
    Program cost: $1,042 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School type: Private

    La Roche College/Allegheny School of Anesthesia
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Program Cost: $995 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    La Salle University - Einstein Medical Center
    Norristown, PA
    Program Cost:  $900 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    St. Vincent College/Excela Health School

    Latrobe, PA

    Program cost: $1,119/credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    Thomas Jefferson University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Program Cost: $48,668 per year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
    Program Cost: $227,278
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Program Cost: $28,278 per year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Scranton
    Scranton, PA
    Program Cost: $1,200 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia/Gannon University

    Erie, PA

    Program cost: $86,265

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

     

    Villanova University/Crozer Chester Medical Center
    Springfield, PA
    Program Cost: $1,300 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

     

    York, PA
    Program Cost: $960 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Rhode Island

    Rhode Island College

    North Providence, RI

    Program cost: $542 per credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Public

    South Carolina

    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC
    Program Cost: $27,972 per year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC
    Program Cost:  $7,545/semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    South Dakota

    Mount Marty College
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Program Cost: $1,220 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Tennessee

    Lincoln Memorial University

    Harrogate, TN

    Program cost: $34,095/year

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

    Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
    Madison, TN
    Program Cost: $95,000
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Union University
    Jackson, TN
    Program Cost: $30,750/year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN
    Program Cost: $6,690 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Tennessee Chattanooga - Erlanger Health
    Chattanooga, TN
    Program Cost: $5,235 per semester
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Memphis, TN
    Program Cost: $18,698 per year
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    Texas

    Baylor College
    Houston, TX
    Program Cost: $116,456
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Texas Christian University
    Fort Worth, TX
    Program Cost: $105,619
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    Texas Wesleyan University
    Forth Worth, TX
    Program Cost: $1,262 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center
    Houston, TX
    Program Cost: $50,079
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public

    US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing - Northeastern University
    San Antonio, TX
    Program Cost: Paid with 5 years of Service
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Public - Military

    Utah

    Westminster College
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Program Cost: $122,490
    Degree offered: MSN
    School Type: Private

    Virginia

    Old Dominion University

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Program cost: $551 per credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Public

     

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Richmond, VA
    Program cost: $8,871/semester

    Degree offered: DNP
    School type: Public

    Washington

    Spokane, WA
    Program Cost: $1,055 per credit
    Degree offered: DNP
    School Type: Private

    West Virginia

    Charleston Area Medical Center

    Charleston, WV

    Program cost: $32,500 per year

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

     

    West Virginia University

    Morgantown, WV

    Program cost: $615 per credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Public

    Wisconsin

    Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia - Mayo Clinic Health System

    La Crosse, WI

    Program cost: $76,674

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private

     

    Marquette University

    Milwaukee, WI

    Program cost: $1,220 per credit

    Degree offered: DNP

    School type: Private 

     

    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Oshkosh, WI
    Program cost: $86,700

    Degree offered: DNP
    School type: Public

    Nurse Anesthetist Schools By State

    Schools City State Program Cost Degree Funding
    Samford University Birmingham AL $10,695/term DNAP Private
    University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL $572/credit DNAP Public
    Univ. of Mobile Mobile AL $1,000/credit DNAP Private
    Midwestern University Glendale AZ $49,197 DNAP Private
    University of Arizona Tucson AZ $1,200/credit DNAP Public
    Arkansas State University State Univ. AK $45,000 DNAP Public
    California State Univesity Fullerton Fullerton CA $90,791 DNAP Public
    Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA $138,666 DNAP Private
    National Univ. Fresno CA $75,690 DNAP Private
    Samuel Merritt University Oakland CA $110,679 DNP Private
    University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles CA $1,928/unit DNAP Private
    Central Conneticut State University Hartford CT $6,178/term DNAP Public
    Fairfield University Fairfield CT $1,080/credit DNAP Private
    Quinnipiac University Hamden CT $1,085/credit DNAP Private
    Yale-New Haven Hospital  New Haven CT $47,725/year DNAP Private
    Georgetown University School of Nursing Washington DC $81,933 year 1 DNAP Private
    Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando FL $110,215 DNAP Private
    Barry University Master of Science Hollywood FL $97,650 DNAP Private
    Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL $373.38/credit DNP Public
    Florida International University Miami FL $84,521 DNP Public
    Florida State University Panama City FL $92,595.25 DNAP Public
    Keiser University Naples FL $74,777 DNP Private
    University of Miami Miami FL $132,000 DNP Public
    University of North Florida Jacksonville  FL $601.70/credit DNP Public
    University of South Florida Tampa FL $800/credit DNP Public
    Augusta University Augusta GA $9,000/semester DNP Public
    Emory University Atlanta GA $24,190/semester DNP Private
    NorthShore University/Depaul University Evanston IL $755/credit DNP Private
    Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago IL 129,088 DNP Private
    University of Evansville Evansville IL $14,100/credit DNAP Private
    University of Iowa Iowa City IA $80,756 DNP Public
    Newman University Wichita KS $1,157/credit DNAP Private
    University of Kansas Kansas City KS $60,689.77 DNAP Public
    Murray State University Madisonville KY $707/credit DNP Public
    Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY $746/credit DNP Public
    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge LA $97,284 DNP Private
    Louisiana State University New Orleans LA $30,907.50/year DNP Public

    Northwestern State

    University
    Natchitoches LA $475/credit DNP Public
    University of New England Portland ME $88,030 DNP Public
    Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore MD $62,811/year DNP Private
    Uniformed Services University Bethesda MD Free w/ 7yrs active duty DNP Public
    University of Maryland Baltimore MD $824/credit DNP Public
    Boston College Chesnut Hill MA $1,574/credit DNP Private
    Northeastern University Boston MA $1,685/credit DNP Private
    Michigan State University East Lansing MI $78,735 DNP Public
    Oakland University Beaumont Royal Oak MI $10,500/semester DNP Public
    University of Detroit Mercy Detroit MI $10,500/semester DNP Private
    The University of Michigan Flint Flint MI $887.50/credit DNAP Public
    Mayo School of Health Sciences Rochester MN $63,556 DNAP Private
    Minneapolis School of Anesthesia Shoreview MN $84,825.84 DNP Private
    St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Minneapolis MN $675/credit DNP Private
    Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barners-Jewish College St. Louis MO $102,366 DNP Private
    Missouri State University Springfield MO $69,630 DNAP Public
    Truman Medical Center Kansas City MO $108,921 DNP Public
    Webster University St. Louis MO $6,585/term DNAP Private
    Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln NE 1,031/credit DNAP Private
    Clarkson College Omaha NE $10,963/semester DNAP Private

    Our Lady of Lourdes

    Medical Center
    Camden NJ $94,188 DNP Private

    Rutgers School

    of Nursing
    Newark NJ $971/credit DNP Public

    Albany Medical

    College

    Albany NY $12,560/semester DNP Public
    Columbia University New York NY $113,927/year DNP Public

    State Univ. of New

    York at Buffalo
    Buffalo NY $12,560/semester DNP Public
    Duke University Durham NC $28,650/semester DNP Private

    University of North

    Carolina/Charlotte
    Charlotte NC $81,012 DNP Public
    University of North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro NC $47,836.89 DNP Public
    Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem NC $152,296 DNP Private

    Western Carolina

    University
    Asheville NC $7,415.40/semester DNP Public
    University of North Dakota Grand Forks ND $31,067.49/year DNP Public

    Cleveland Clinic

    School of Anesthesia
    Cleveland OH $2,133/credit DNP Private

    Francis Payne Bolton/

    Case Western Reserve

    Cleveland OH $2,263/credit DNP Private
    Lourdes University Sylvania OH $11,000/semester DNP Private
    Otterbein University - Ohio Health Grant Medical Center Westerville OH $100,683 DNP Private
    The University of Akron Akron OH $507.55/credit DNP Public
    University of Cincinnati Cincinnati OH $13,322/year DNP Public
    University of Tulsa Tulsa OK $127,450 DNP Private
    Oregon Health and Science University Portland OR $132,218.66 DNP Public
    Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg PA $1,025.25/credit DNP Public
    Cedar Crest College Allentown PA $125,196 DNP Private
    Drexel University Philadelphia PA $1,042/credit DNP Private
    La Roche College Pittsburgh PA $995/credit DNP  Private
    La Salle University Norristown PA $900/credit DNP Private

    St. Vincent College/

    Excela Health
    Latrobe PA $1,119/credit DNP Private
    Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia PA $48,668/year DNP Private
    University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA $227,118 DNP Private
    University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA $28,278/year DNP Public
    University of Scranton Scranton PA $1,200/credit DNP Private

    UPMC Hamot School

    of Anesthesia/

    Gannon University

    Erie PA $86,265 DNP Private
    Villanova University Springfield PA $1,300/credit DNP Private
    York College of Pennsylvania & Wellspan Health York PA $960/credit DNP Private
    Rhode Island College N. Providence RI $542/credit DNP Public
    Medical University of South Carolina Charleston SC $27,972 DNP Public

    Lincoln Memorial

    University
    Harrogate TN $34,095 DNP Private
    Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Madison TN $95,000 DNP Private
    University of Tennessee Knoxville TN $6,690/semester DNP Public
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis TN $18,698/year DNP Private
    Baylor College Houston TX $116,698/year DNP Private
    Texas Christian University Fort Worth TX $105,619 DNP Private
    Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth TX $1,262/credit DNP Private

    University of Texas

    at Houston Health

    Science Center
    Houston TX $1,262/credit DNP Private
    US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing Waco TX 5 years of service DNP Public/Military
    Westminster College Salt Lake City UT $122,490 DNP Private
    Old Dominion University Virginia Beach VA $551/credit DNP Public
    Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond VA $8,871/semester DNP Public
    Gonzaga University Spokane WA $1,055/credit DNP Private

    Charleston Area 

    Medical Center
    Charleston WV $32,500 DNP Private
    West Virginia University Morgantown WV $615/credit DNP Public

    Franciscan Healthcare

    School of Anesthesia

    Mayo Clinic
    LaCrosse WI $76,674 DNP Public
    Marquette University Milwaukee WI $1,220/credit DNP Private

    University of 

    Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    Oshkosh WI $86,700 DNP Public

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    Should You get an MSN or DNP to Become a CRNA?

    If you’re a registered nurse and thinking about entering this lucrative specialty, there are currently two different education paths you may follow: Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Though, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education (COA) is transitioning to new requirements for entry into practice.

    By January 1, 2022, all Nurse Anesthesia programs must be doctoral degrees in order to maintain accreditation. Despite this deadline, the Council has extended the deadline to 2025 in order for CRNA programs to develop the proper curriculum that adheres to all national standards. Since MSN programs take over 2 years to complete, 2019 cohorts will likely be the last MSN-educated CRNAs in the field. 

    Programs are continuing to transition to awarding doctoral degrees. As of July 15, 2019, there are 92 nurse anesthesia programs approved by the COA to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 25 programs approved to offer post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs. Currently, there are 29 programs that remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees. 

    Nurse Anesthesia Programs Awarding Master’s and Doctoral Degrees for Entry into Practice

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    Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education

    Doctoral Degrees in Nurse Anesthesia

    There are two common types of doctoral degrees for aspiring CRNAs: the Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP) and the Doctorate of Nursing Anesthesia Practice (DNAP). Most doctoral-level degrees require around 100 credits and take about 36 months to complete. 

    The main difference between these two degrees is that some institutions do not recognize the DNAP as a terminal degree - meaning they don’t consider it the highest degree in the field. A DNP is considered a terminal degree for any advanced practice nursing field. 

    The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited DNP programs while the Nurse Anesthetists Council for Accreditation (NACA) approves DNAP programs, which are specially designed for nurse anesthetist students.

    This primarily affects those who wish to obtain a university faculty position, as this may have a bearing on tenure eligibility. If you’re seeking to use your doctorate for practice, however, this shouldn’t hinder your career prospects.

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    CRNA Program Tuition

    Nursing programs differ in how they charge/display costs for tuition. Some universities choose to display costs by credit, some by semester, and others by course.

    As a general rule, public schools offer lower tuition rates than private ones. It’s also important to note that in-state resident tuition is often much less than for out-of-state residents.

    To get started, here’s a list of COA accredited, programs for nurse anesthesia. Program costs reflect in-state tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year. They also do not reflect miscellaneous fees including books, technology fees, lab fees, and other miscellaneous costs.

    It is important to note, that there are programs that offer CRNA classes but are NOT accredited by the COA. These programs will not allow students to sit for their certifications and therefore be unable to practice. 

    CRNA Application Requirements 

    Regardless of which path you decide to take, there are several requirements that CRNA programs require from their applicants. It is important to have the needed requirements as schools will reject the application. These include:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    • Registered Nurse License (RN)
    • Critical Care/ICU Experience
      • Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit do NOT count towards ICU experience
    • GPA of 3.0 or higher (Each school has a different minimum requirement but 3.0 is the lowest accepted GPA)
    • Life Support Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
    • Resume
    • Combined minimum GRE of 300 or better
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicable
    • Shadow experience of a CRNA and an accompanying essay
    • Nursing Certifications (CCRN, RNC)
    • Personal Essay and Interview

    FAQs

    • How long are Nurse Anesthetist programs? 
      • Programs are typically 27-30 months long. Students will typically go to school for 3 years with short breaks between terms. 
    • What are the basic educational/experience requirements to become a CRNA? 
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
      • Registered Nurse License (RN)
      • Critical Care/ICU Experience (minimum of 2-3 years)
      • Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit do NOT count towards ICU experience
      • GPA of 3.0 or higher (Each school has a different minimum requirement but 3.0 is the lowest accepted GPA)
      • Life Support Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
      • Combined minimum GRE of 300 or better
    • What is a CRNA salary?
      • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the average income of a nurse anesthetist to be $169,450 per year, with some CRNAs earning over $252,000.
    • Can you become a Nurse Anesthetist online? 
      • No. Some programs offer didactic coursework in an online format but all students must attend in-person skills fairs. Furthermore, CRNA school requires practicums which must be completed in person.
    • What’s the difference between a CRNA and Anesthesiologist? 
      • An anesthesiologist receives medical education and is an M.D. while CRNAs receive nursing education. 

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