Nurse Anesthetist School Ranking

When you are researching different CRNA schools and training programs around the United States, take a look at some of the top programs at schools that are considered to be the best in the country. Lists are compiled of the top nursing and anesthesia programs in the United States each year and official CRNA school rankings are published for prospective students. The top CRNA schools in the United States are ranked based on the type of training program offered, graduation rates and other factors.

Top Ten CRNA School Rankings

The following schools made the top ten CRNA school rankings in the United States in 2011:

  1. U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School
  2. Virginia Commonwealth University at the School of Allied Health Professions
  3. Rush University's Nurse Anesthesia Program
  4. University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  5. Baylor College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology
  6. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing
  7. Albany Medical College Center for Nurse Anesthesiology
  8. Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Case Western Reserve University
  9. Wake Forest University/University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  10. Washington University in St. Louis

Applying to Top CRNA Schools in the United States

Enrolling in one of the top CRNA schools in the United States can ensure you receive a well-rounded education and acquire the skills you need to be successful as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The top CRNA schools in the United States are accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the CANAEP and may be affiliated with a specific hospital. The admissions process for the top CRNA schools in the United States can be very competitive and you will need to have some work experience in an acute care facility in order to qualify for a position.

You will need to meet the following requirements in order to apply for a seat at one of the top CRNA schools in the United States:

  • At least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Some students have an MSN and some schools will accept a bachelor's degree if you also have an Associate Degree in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Current registered nursing license
  • One to two years of critical care or ICU experience. Candidates must be comfortable working with all types of patients and learn the basic processes of anesthesia administration for patients that are neonatal to seniors.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Combined minimum GRE score of 1,000 or better
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)if needed
  • Proof of Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
  • Completion of prerequisite classes including statistics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, microbiology, nursing research and physics
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of why the individual wants to become a CRNA
  • Resume
  • Passing a criminal background check

Many of the schools that have high CRNA school rankings also require students to pay an application fee and complete a personal interview at some point in the admissions process.