I hear from many CRNA admissions program directors that each year they receive the largest number of applicants. This year, the national average CRNA school acceptance rate is 26%. This is from over 12,000 candidates applying each year and less than 3,000 students being accepted. How should you interpret this? First off, 26% CRNA school acceptance rate does not mean if a terrible student applies to four schools, he or she will be definitely be accepted into one of the schools. These figures are skewed so that good students and applicants will be accepted into multiple schools that they apply for. 😊 Many friends and colleagues I know applied to five to ten schools. Some schools are easier to get in than others. When you apply to more schools, statistically speaking, your chances of being accepted into a CRNA school increases.
Second, it’s important to note that when the schools calculate their acceptance rate, they look at the total class size over the total qualified applicants that apply. What this means is all these applicants they consider in their calculations meet the minimum criteria for admission. So many of the people who applied were automatically rejected due to not meeting the criteria. I’ve seen at least one person who get to the interview phase admit that they never had any shadow experience. In conclusion, the CRNA acceptance rate publicized is actually lower in reality!
CRNA Schools with Highest Acceptance Rates
These are the 14 CRNA Schools with the Highest Acceptance Rates. All of them have acceptance rates of 40% or higher.
- Uniformed Services CRNA Acceptance Rate is 95%
- Antillean Adventist University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 63%
- Army Graduate CRNA Acceptance Rate is 62%
- Old Dominion CRNA Acceptance Rate is 50%
- AdventHealth CRNA Acceptance Rate is 46%
- Minneapolis School of Anesthesia CRNA Acceptance Rate is 44%
- WVU CRNA program Acceptance Rate is 43%
- State University of New York CRNA Acceptance Rate is 41%
- Arkansas State University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
- University of Southern Mississippi CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
- Youngstown State University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
- University of Cincinnati CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
- Gannon CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
- Lincoln Memorial CRNA Acceptance Rate is 40%
For more CRNA schools with high acceptance rates, check out Easiest CRNA Schools to Get Into.
CRNA Schools with the Lowest Acceptance Rates
These CRNA Schools are considered the most competitive programs for admissions in the entire country and have the lowest CRNA acceptance rate. One observation is that three of the schools are located in California, two are in Pennsylvania, two are in Connecticut and two CRNA schools in Minnesota.
- Rutgers CRNA Acceptance Rate is 15%
- National University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 15%
- Quinnipiac CRNA Acceptance Rate 15%
- Saint Marys CRNA Acceptance Rate 15%
- Loma Linda CRNA Acceptance Rate is 15%
- Drexel CRNA Acceptance Rate is 14%
- University of Tennessee CRNA Acceptance Rate is 14%
- Cleveland Clinic CRNA Acceptance Rate is 14%
- Kaiser CRNA Acceptance Rate is 13%
- Jefferson CRNA Acceptance Rate is 13%
- Emory CRNA Acceptance Rate is 13%
- University of Detroit Mercy CRNA Acceptance Rate is 13%
- Florida State University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 12%
- Carolinas Medical Center CRNA Acceptance Rate is 11%
- University of Maryland CRNA Acceptance Rate is 10%
- University of Iowa CRNA Acceptance Rate is 10%
- Fairfield CRNA Acceptance Rate is 10%
- University of Arizona CRNA Acceptance Rate is 10%
- University of Minnesota CRNA Acceptance Rate is 10%
- Clarkson CRNA Acceptance Rate is 9%
- Marquette CRNA Acceptance Rate is 7%
- Oregon University CRNA Acceptance Rate is 7%
- Gonzaga CRNA Acceptance Rate is 6%
CRNA School Acceptance Rates
In this section, we list out all CRNA Schools by Acceptance Rates in the United States with detail on the CRNA School and CRNA Acceptance Rates. All the CRNA programs have been approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Please click on the CRNA School name for more detailed information on the selected CRNA program. CRNA acceptance rates are calculated by taking the total number of students divided over the total number of qualified students applying to the program.
Best CRNA Programs
We spent hundreds of hours studying all CRNA schools and interviewing over 125 nurse anesthetists to create our exclusive list of Best CRNA Schools. So now you know the CRNA school acceptance rates, your next research is to compare the Best CRNA programs with the CRNA schools with the highest acceptance rates in order to see which CRNA schools are the best fit and which programs you should apply to.
Map of CRNA Schools by State
For your further study on CRNA acceptance rates, we list out all CRNA schools by State in the map of the United States.
The darker the blue color equivocates to more CRNA Schools in the State.
Tier 1 = 6 or more CRNA Schools
2nd Tier = 3 to 5 CRNA Schools
Tier 3 = 1 or 2 CRNA Schools
White means no CRNA schools in the State.
Data source: everythingCRNA
As you’re reading about CRNA School Acceptance Rates, be sure to check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary. If you are still a student or if you’re wondering how much a fresh CRNA can make right out of nurse anesthesia school, this information will be especially helpful. You might be surprised too! We spent hundreds of hours researching salary information from the BLS, the AANA CRNA survey from over 5,000 actual nurse anesthetists as well as from my own CRNA job offers after I graduated. In addition, different states have different demand and supply economics for nurse anesthetists, so our CRNA Salary by State Guide will help you see which States are the best fit for you.
My Final Recommendation on CRNA Acceptance Rate
Don’t let the CRNA school acceptance rate for a school be your decision to not apply to a school. Remember, the CRNA school application process is not based solely on your GPA and test score. There’s also your experience, your fit and the chemistry with the school itself. Have you heard about the schools with the lowest acceptance rate? What do you think makes them so difficult to get into? Please share your feedback and experiences with the community.