CRNA Schools in Arizona

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Arizona, known as the Grand Canyon State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, New Jersey as well as several other States.  As the sixth largest state in the US, Arizona is more well known in the commodities industry as a large copper producer than in the healthcare industry.  CRNA students in Arizona appreciate many of the special attractions in the State including the Grand Canyon National Park, which is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.  There is also an active music and arts scene with the Phoenix Art Museum and the Head Museum with Native American art.

Arizona is included in the RN Compact States agreement that means RN nurses in Arizona 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 AZ.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Arizona

There are two CRNA Schools in Arizona located in the cities of Glendale and Tucson as shown below:

  1. Midwestern University CRNA, Glendale (Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia)
  2. University of Arizona CRNA, Tucson (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Midwestern University CRNA offers two CRNA programs.  The first is a BSN to DNP program while the second is a post-masters CRNA program which is entirely online with no campus attendance required.  The post-masters CRNA program at Midwestern provides the opportunity for students to work full time or part-time in other jobs to earn income to pay for their tuition.

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.  However, this does not apply to Arizona as the State ranks #32 in most number of CRNA jobs in the US, which is not a great ranking.

CRNA Programs in Arizona Acceptance Rate

The average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Arizona is 15%.  This is significantly lower compared to the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  Both nurse anesthetist schools in Arizona are very competitive.  However, the University of Arizona CRNA acceptance rate of only 10% is really due to the fact that the class size is very small at just 10 students in the class of 2020 and 13 students in the class of 2019.

The Midwestern University CRNA, acceptance rate is 21%, which is more in align with the national average although still slightly lower.  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.  This compares with an acceptance rate of 13% for CRNA schools in Georgia and 24% in South Carolina, which only have 2 CRNA schools.

Best CRNA Schools in Arizona

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
19Midwestern University CRNAGlendaleMSNA
83University of Arizona CRNATucsonDNP

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 Arizona CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

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

Unfortunately, the States to the East (New Mexico) and West (Nevada) do not have any CRNA schools.


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 Arizona

crna salary in arizonaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Arizona, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Arizona 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 solid CRNA Schools in Arizona.  Both are attractive options, especially for students who would like to continue living in Arizona.  In fact, 68% of University of Arizona CRNA graduates remain working in Arizona after completing the CRNA program.  It is common that a SRNA nurse can find nurse anesthetist jobs within the same State easier than students from out of State upon finishing school.  Students applying to CRNA programs in Arizona may want to apply to programs in nearby states as well to increase their chances of being admitted.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in Arizona?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the 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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