Nurse Anesthetist Degrees Online (81 Programs)

We found 81 nursing schools with Nurse Anesthetist Programs in our database.Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are advanced practice nurses who have earned a graduate degree and are licensed to administer anesthesia to patients.

Nurses in the United States have been administering anesthesia for almost 150 years, and have been a formal organized specialty group since 1931 (then known as the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists and renamed as the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1939).

What is a CRNA?

A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNA's work primarily in hospitals, but also in clinics and medical/dental offices, creating a plan for pain management, administer the drugs, manage complications as they arise and monitor the patient before and during surgery and post-recovery. Customizing care is a key part of a CRNA's anesthesia plan; they constantly monitor their patient's vital signs and other clinical indicators to make the necessary adjustments.

Education Requirements for Nurse Anesthetists

The education required to become a CRNA is quite extensive and takes several years. Before a nurse is accepted into a CRNA training program, he or she must earn an undergraduate degree, usually aBachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and pass the NCLEX to obtain a license to work as a registered nurse. After earning an undergraduate degree andobtaining licensure, the registered nurse must have a minimum of one year of clinical experience in an acute or critical care setting.

Once accepted into a CRNA degree program (they can be quite competitive), it takes between two to three years to complete, depending on the program. A great deal of clinical and hospital experience, close to 1700 hours on average, is required during their training. Finally, the CRNA student must pass the board certification exam to earn their license to practice.

Re-Certification Notes for Nurse Anesthetists

Re-certification is required every two years. A minimum of 40 credit hours of continuing education and evidence of current clinical practice are required for a CRNA to be re-certified.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is the professional association that provides guidance and standards for practice. Recently, the National Board on the Certification and Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) was formed to help CRNAs through the certification and re-certification process.

How to Become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

By Lisa Davila

Nurses started as anesthesia providers during the Civil War, when they gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields. Theyve come a long way since then, with official credentialing as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) starting in 1956.

Todays CRNAs are masters prepared advanced practice nurses who apply their specialty in just about all settings including hospital operating rooms and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; U.S. military, public health services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in two-thirds of all rural U.S. hospitals, and the main providers of anesthesia to expectant mothers and also to men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

CRNAs work hand-in-hand with specialists such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, and ophthalmologists. Although the practice of administering anesthesia is the same, when its given by a nurse anesthetist, it is considered as nursing practice; when given by an anesthesiologist, it is considered as medical practice.

“CRNAs work hand-in-hand with specialists such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, and ophthalmologists.”

The AANA website states that CRNAs enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect, and that they are well compensated for their complex level of responsibility.

Paths to a CRNA

Sound like a good fit for you? According to the AANA, there is a specific pathway to follow. However, always check the particular program you are interested in because requirements vary.

Get a bachelors degree. A degree in nursing is ideal, but almost any other bachelors degree will sufficeas long as youve also attended some type of nursing program (such as an associate degree or diploma program). Having a high GPA helps.

Have a current RN license. Theres no way around this requirementevenphysicians have to be licensed as RNs to enter a CRNA program.

Work in an acute care setting for at least one year. Most programs prefer candidates who have worked in critical care, operating room, or surgical specialties. One year is a minimum requirementmore experience makes you a better candidate.

Obtain your masters degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia program. You may need to take the GRE before applying, so aim for a high score. Some programs offer a certificate CRNA program for people who already have a masters degree in another nursing specialty.

Pass the national certification examination. If youve made it through the process above, you will be prepared to pass this exam and start your exciting career.

Where can I find a CRNA program?

CRNA programs have proliferated across the U.S. in response to demand. According to AANA, as of April 2011 there were 111 nurse anesthesia programs in 35 U.S. states and also in Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. You can expect to be in school for two to three years, depending upon individual program requirements. Below is a comprehensive list of CRNA programs.

List of Nurse Anesthetist Programs

All Nurse Anesthetist Programs

See below for the list of all of the Nurse Anesthetist programs in our database.
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Alverno College
Milwaukee WI
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Nurse Educator
American University of Beirut
New York NY
  • MSN Community and Public Health
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro AR
  • Nurse Anesthesia
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Savannah GA
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Augsburg College
Minneapolis MN
  • MSN Transcultural Nursing in Community
  • Post Master's Certificate Transcultural Nursing in Community
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa CA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Benedictine University
Lisle IL
  • Online MSN Public Health
Binghamton University
Binghamton NY
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
  • Post Master's Community Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg PA
  • MSN Adult Health and Illness Specialization
  • MSN Community Health Specialization
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Boston College
Chestnut Hill MA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
BryanLGH College of Health Sciences
Lincoln NE
  • Nurse Anesthesia
California Baptist University
Riverside CA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
California State University - Chico
Chico CA
  • Online MSN Adult Health Nursing
California State University - Dominguez Hills
Carson CA
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Gerontology
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Parent Child
  • Post Master's Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist
California State University - Fresno
Fresno CA
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Nurse Educator
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
  • Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
California State University - Fullerton
Fullerton CA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
California State University - San Bernardino
San Bernardino CA
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health
  • Online MSN Public Community Health
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH
  • Graduate Entry Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Catholic University of America - The
Washington DC
  • MSN Advanced Public/Community Health Nurse Specialist
Cedarville University
Cedarville OH
  • Online MSN Global Health Ministries
Clarkson College
Omaha NE
  • Online Nurse Anesthesia (MSN)
Cleveland State University
Cleveland OH
  • Online MSN Specialized Populations
College of New Jersey - The
Ewing NJ
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle NY
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing
  • Post Master's Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist in Holistic Nursing.
Colorado Christian University
Lakewood CO
  • Online MSN Clinical Care Management in Adult/Geriatric
Columbia University
New York NY
  • Master's Entry Anesthesia
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Delaware State University
Dover DE
  • MSN Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
DePaul University
Chicago IL
  • MSN Anesthesia Nursing
Drexel University
Philadelphia PA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Online Nurse Anesthesia Department
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh PA
  • Post Master's Certificate Transcultural/International Nursing
East Carolina University
Greenville NC
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti MI
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers FL
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Orlando FL
  • Nurse Anesthesia Program
Florida International University
Miami FL
  • MSN Advanced Adult Health Nursing
  • MSN Advanced Child Health Nursing
  • MSN Anesthesiology Nursing
Gannon University
Erie PA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Georgetown University
Washington DC
  • Online MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post Master's Certificate Adult Acute & Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta GA
  • Online MSN Nursing Anesthesia
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro GA
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Health
  • Online Post MSN Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Health
Georgia State University
Atlanta GA
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner
  • Post Master's Certificate Adult Health Nursing
  • Post Master's Certificate Child Health Nursing
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
Saint Louis MO
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Grand View University
Des Moines IA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden County
Blackwood NJ
  • Nurse Anesthetist MSN
Idaho State University
Pocatello ID
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post Master's Certificate Clinical Nurse Specialist
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany IN
  • MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis IN
  • Online MSN Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore MD
  • Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN MPH Public Health Nursing
  • MSN Public Health Nursing
  • Online Health Systems MNGT/Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
La Salle University
Philadelphia PA
  • MSN Adult Health and Illness Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Nurse Anesthetist
Lake City Community College
Lake City FL
  • MSN in Nurse Anesthesia
Lehman College-The City University of New York
Bronx NY
  • MSN Parent-Child Nursing
Liberty University
Lynchburg VA
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialists
Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate TN
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda CA
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Long Island College Hospital
Brooklyn NY
  • Nurse Anesthesia
Long Island University - C. W. Post Campus
Brookville NY
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans LA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Lourdes College
Sylvania OH
  • Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Loyola University Chicago
Maywood IL
  • MSN Adult Health Advanced Practice Nursing
Malone University
Canton OH
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mercer University
Atlanta GA
  • MSN Acute Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus OH
  • MSN Adult Health
Mount Marty College
Yankton SD
  • MSN Advanced Public Health Leader
Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids IA
  • MSN Health Advocacy
Murray State University
Murray KY
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post Master's Certificate Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post Master's Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate
National University
San Diego CA
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Newman University
Wichita KS
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Northeastern University
Boston MA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Oakland University
Rochester MI
  • Online MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Old Dominion University
Norfolk VA
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator
  • Online MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland OR
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Otterbein University
Westerville OH
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Online MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Our Lady of the Lake College
Baton Rouge LA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg KS
  • MSN Clinical Preceptors
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego CA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Purdue University Calumet
Hammond IN
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Regis College
Weston MA
  • MSN Adult Acute Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Rhode Island College
Providence RI
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield CT
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Sage Colleges
Troy NY
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
Saint Anthony College of Nursing
Rockford IL
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Peoria IL
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Joseph' s College
Brooklyn NY
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Saint Xavier University
Chicago IL
  • MSN Clinical Leadership
Samford University
Birmingham AL
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Samuel Merritt University
Oakland CA
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
San Diego State University
San Diego CA
  • MSN Community Health Nursing
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Public Community Health
  • MSN Public Community Health
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle WA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Seattle University
Seattle WA
  • MSN Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
  • MSN Advanced Community Public Health Nursing
Seton Hall University
South Orange NJ
  • Master's Entry - Clinical Nurse Leader
Spring Hill College
Mobile AL
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
St. John Fisher College
Rochester NY
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn NY
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Stevenson University
Stevenson MD
  • Online MSN Population-Based Care Coordination
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth TX
  • MSN Adult / Gerontology CNS
  • MSN Pediatric CNS
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia PA
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda MD
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Perioparative Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Akron
Akron OH
  • MSN Adult/Gerontological Health Nursing CNS
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham AL
  • MS Nurse Anesthesia
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville AL
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA
  • MSN - Masters Entry Clinical Nurse
University of California - San Francisco
San Francisco CA
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care/Trauma
  • MS Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Oncology
University of Central Florida
Orlando FL
  • MSN Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati OH
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Occupational Health
University of Colorado
Aurora CO
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Delaware
Newark DE
  • Online MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Children Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Hartford
West Hartford CT
  • MSN Public Health
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu HI
  • Graduate Entry Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online Graduate Entry Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Incarnate Word
San Antonio TX
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Kansas
Kansas City KS
  • Online MSN Public Health Nursing
University of Maryland
Baltimore MD
  • MSN Community/Public Health Nursing
University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston MA
  • Online MSN Acute Care Critical Care Nurse Specialist
University of Massachusetts Worcester
Worcester MA
  • GEP to MSN Population Health Track
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
North Dartmouth MA
  • MSN Nurse Clinical Specialist
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark NJ
  • Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
University of Miami
Coral Gables FL
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor MI
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Nevada - Reno
Reno NV
  • MSN Public Health
University of New England
Portland ME
  • Master's of Nurse Anesthesia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC
  • MSN Health Care Systems
  • Online MSN Health Care Systems Specialist
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte NC
  • MSN Community Public Health Nursing
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro NC
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Greensboro NC
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks ND
  • MSN Advanced Public Health Nurse
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Online MSN Advanced Public Health Nursing
University of North Florida
Jacksonville FL
  • MSN Adult Gerontology CNS
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN CNS Women's & Children's Hlth
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Oklahoma City OK
  • MS CNS Acute Care Track
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of Rochester
Rochester NY
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Track
University of San Diego
San Diego CA
  • MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Scranton
Scranton PA
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of South Alabama
Mobile AL
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of South Florida
Tampa FL
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville IN
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Tenessee Chattanooga
Chattanooga TN
  • MSN Anesthesia
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville TN
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN Nursing of Women & Children
University of Texas at Austin
Austin TX
  • AE-MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master's Entry Child Health Administration
  • MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Child Health Administration
  • MSN Public Health
  • MSN Public Health
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston TX
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
  • Online MSN/MPH Dual Degree
University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg TX
  • MSN Adult Health Nursing
University of Toledo
Toledo OH
  • Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health CNS
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
University of Virginia
Charlottesville VA
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Washington
Seattle WA
  • MN Community Health Nursing
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Madison WI
  • Master of Public Health
Ursuline College
Pepper Pike OH
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Villanova University
Villanova PA
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Washington State University
Spokane WA
  • MSN Advanced Population Health
  • MSN Community Based Population Focused Care
  • Online MSN Advanced Population Health
  • Online MSN Advanced Population Health
Wayne State University
Detroit MI
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health Nursing
Wesley College
Dover DE
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing CNS
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester PA
  • Online MSN Adult-Gerontology CNS
West Coast University
Irvine CA
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Western Carolina University
¾Cullowhee NC
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury CT
  • Online MSN Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist
Western University Of Health and Sciences
Pomona CA
  • Online MSN Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader
Westminster College
Salt Lake City UT
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia
Widener University
Chester PA
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
William Carey University
Hattiesburg MS
  • MSN Population-focused
Winona State University
Rochester MN
  • Online MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Worcester State University
Worcester MA
  • MSN Community and Public Health Nursing Specialty
  • MSN Community and Public Health Nursing Specialty
Wright State University
Dayton OH
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
York College of Pennsylvania
York PA
  • MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Nurse Anesthetist
Youngstown State University
Youngstown OH
  • MSN CNS Chronic Illness Care
  • MSN Nurse Anesthesia

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