CRNA Schools in Alabama

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Alabama, known as the Yellowhammer State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Maryland, Massachusetts, Arizona, New Jersey as well as several other States.  Located in the southeast area of the US, students at CRNA schools in Alabama appreciate the historical significance of the State along with the many things to do with the vast geography whether it be hiking, fishing or state parks.  The largest city in Alabama is Birmingham, where all the CRNA Schools in AL are located.

Alabama is included in the RN Compact States agreement that means RN nurses in Alabama are able to move around freely and work within all 33 approved multi-license states.  However, it’s important to note that there is no such APRN Compact for nurse anesthetists yet though this may change in the future.  This is something that is important when people consider CRNA Schools in AL.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Alabama

There are two CRNA Schools in Alabama located in the city of Birmingham as shown below:

  1. Samford CRNA, Birmingham (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  2. UAB CRNA, Birmingham (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Both CRNA programs in AL only offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in Alabama that offer MSN master’s degrees.  Samford CRNA promotes that they offer clinical experiences in Intrathoracic, Vascular, and regional anesthesia which actually quite rare in a CRNA program.  The UAB CRNA, formally known as the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is also another excellent nurse anesthetist school in Alabama.  Both Samford and UAB also actively encouraging their CRNA students to sign up for the unique Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), for students who are open to teaching after graduation.  With this federal program, up to 85% of the loan can be waived upon teaching for a certain number of years.

As of Year End 2020, there are 122 CRNA schools in the United States and 2.4 CRNA schools in each State on average.  To compare, there are 13 CRNA schools in Pennsylvania and 9 CRNA schools in Florida.  In addition, North Carolina and Tennessee both have 6 CRNA schools.  On the other hand, there are no CRNA programs at all in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska, and Hawaii.  Oftentimes, the States with more CRNA schools tend to have more CRNA jobs as well.  This generalization applies to CRNA Schools in Alabama as the State ranks #11 in most number of CRNA jobs in the US, which is a great ranking.  This is one rank above Georgia, which is ranked #12.

NFLP at CRNA Schools in Alabama

In addition, all CRNA Schools in Alabama are part of the NFLP (Nurse Faculty Loan Program).  The NFLP is a federal program created by the US government to help encourage CRNA students to pursue a career in nursing education following graduation.  The way the program works is students are allowed to take up to a US$35,000 loan per year they are in school studying to become a CRNA.  Upon graduation, up to 85% of the total student loan will be cancelled over a 4-year period while the borrower serves as a full time nursing faculty at a nursing school.  Both Samford CRNA and UAB CRNA, have been very active in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, so if you need financial assistance for your degree, please read more about it here.

CRNA Programs in Alabama Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Alabama Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Alabama is 31%.  This is significantly higher than the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  The acceptance rate at Samford is 27% with a class size of 32.  Meanwhile, the acceptance rate of UAB CRNA is 35% with a class size of 40 CRNA students.  In general, the easiest CRNA schools to get into by State are generally in the States with more CRNA schools.  For example, the average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Florida is 30% with 9 CRNA Schools

Best CRNA Schools in Alabama

best crna schoolsPlease see the list below for the best CRNA schools in Alabama.

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
74Samford CRNABirminghamDNP
88UAB CRNABirminghamDNP

Be sure to check out our exclusive best nurse anesthetist schools list.  Through interviewing over 125 real CRNAs, we ranked all CRNA schools to come up with the best CRNA schools in America.

Other Alabama CRNA Information

CRNA Programs in AL InformationWhether you’re looking to apply to CRNA programs in Alabama or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in Alabama and Alabama Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With two CRNA schools in Alabama, you may also be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  The States close by to Alabama that have nurse anesthetist schools include:


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

CRNA Salary in Alabama

crna salary in alabamaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Alabama, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Alabama if you’re going to work in the State.  Be sure to also check out our CRNA Salary Guide and CRNA Starting Salary if you’re still a student or if you’re wondering how much a fresh CRNA can make right out of nurse anesthesia school.  Different States have different demand and supply economics of nurse anesthetists, so my advice is to be sure to read up on different states to see which ones fit you best.


In summary, there are two CRNA Schools in Alabama that are attractive options for those interested in living in Alabama or those interested in working in the State after graduation.  The CRNA job market in Alabama is one of the best in the United States.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in Alabama?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the CRNA graduates.  You can also learn more by clicking the image gallery below.


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Author Bio: Nelson started everythingCRNA to help aspiring, student and practicing CRNAs & CAAs. Nelson is currently a CRNA in New York City.  Previously, he worked as an ICU Travel RN and Critical Care RN in Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, and Boston.  He earned his BSN from Penn State and his MSN from Bloomsburg.  He is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In his free time, he enjoys working out, exploring the outdoors, and helping future CRNAs.

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