Top CRNA School Rankings

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How Top CRNA Schools Are Ranked

Top CRNA program rankings are determined by peer review meaning that all the other school’s faculty, administrators, and deans, are the people doing the surveys. Each nurse anesthesia program is sent the same number of surveys, and the respondents then will rate the quality of the CRNA school using a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Only the fully accredited nurse anesthesia programs were give a rank in this survey.

Some CRNA schools received a “Rank Not Published”. This means that U.S. News did come up with a numerical ranking for that CRNA school, however they decided for editorial reasons, that since the CRNA school ranked below the U.S. News cutoff, that they wouldn’t publish the nurse anesthesia program’s ranking. (US News World Report)

Are Top CRNA School Rankings Accurate?

Asking if top CRNA schools ranking’s are accurate is tricky question and needs to be assessed from a couple directions. First its important to know that only a few schools actually took part in the surveys (49%). As you can see this is a pretty small sample. Due to the nature of the survey,  a very subjective result is created, and causes it to lack the empirical evidence needed to support it’s analysis of the top CRNA schools. On the other hand these rankings do correlate a little with the difficulty level that an CRNA school applicant would face when applying to each nurse anesthesia program.

CRNA schools that are ranked higher can be more difficult to gain admission into. This is due to the fact that these CRNA Schools often times have a stricter admission policy, and a larger number of applicants each year. You need to take this into account when deciding on which top CRNA school you want to apply to. Any person considering CRNA school should neither choose nor reject a school solely based on this ranking. There are so many other factors that you need to consider when deciding on a school, and we encourage you to do your own research.  From there you can choose a school that works best for you.

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2011 US News World Report (CRNA School Rankings)

Ranked #1
U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

Virginia Commonwealth University


Ranked #3
Rush University

University of Pittsburgh


Ranked #5
Baylor College of Medicine

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Ranked #7
Albany Medical College

Cleveland Clinic Foundation -​ Case Western Reserve University

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-​Jewish College

Wake Forest University


Ranked #11
Case Western Reserve University

Duke University

Samuel Merritt University

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Iowa

University of Pennsylvania


Ranked #17
Georgetown University

Oakland University–​Beaumont

University at Buffalo–​SUNY

University of Maryland

Wayne State University


Ranked #22
Carolinas Medical Center & University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia

Mayo School of Health Sciences

University of Michigan–​Flint -​ Hurley Medical Center


Ranked #26
Boston College (Connell)

Medical University of South Carolina

Northeastern University

University of North Dakota

University of Tennessee–​Knoxville

University of Texas Health Science Center–​Houston


Ranked #32
Michigan State University

Minneapolis School of Anesthesia

Mount Marty College

Oregon Health and Science University

Sacred Heart Medical Center

Samford University (Moffett)

University of Cincinnati

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Villanova University


Ranked #41
Columbia University

Drexel University

Hamot Medical Center -​ Gannon University

Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia -​ Univ. of North Carolina–​Greensboro

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

University of Southern California

York College of Pennsylvania ​ WellSpan Health


Ranked #48
East Carolina University

Montgomery Hospital -​ La Salle University

University of Kansas

University of Minnesota–​Twin Cities

University of New England

University of South Carolina -​ Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital

Webster University


Ranked #55
Allegheny Valley Hospital -​ La Roche College

Bryan LGH Medical Center

Excela Health School of Anesthesia

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare School of Anesthesia

Otterbein University

Texas Christian University

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Tennessee–​Chattanooga -​ Erlanger Health System


Ranked #63
Barry University

Decatur Memorial Hospital -​ Bradley University

Georgia Regents University

Hospital of St. Raphael

New Britain School of Nurse Anesthesia

Southern Connecticut State University -​ Bridgeport Hospital

Rutgers School of Nursing

University of North Florida


Ranked #72
Northshore University formerly DePaul University

Geisinger Health System -​ Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Nazareth Hospital – closed

Newman University

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Southern Illinois University–​Edwardsville

Texas Wesleyan University

Truman Medical Center

University of Akron

University of Alabama–​Birmingham

University of Miami

Western Carolina University


Ranked #85
Charleston Area Medical Center

Missouri State University (St. John’s)

St. Elizabeth Health Center


Ranked #88
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

St. Joseph Hospital


Ranked #90
Florida Gulf Coast University

Adventist University of Health Sciences

Florida International University

Lincoln Memorial University (Caylor)

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Our Lady of the Lake College

University of South Florida

Wolford College


Ranked #100
Murray State University

Union University


Not Ranked
Arkansas State University–​Jonesboro

Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia – closed 8/24/2015

InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico

Midwestern University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Westminster College


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