CRNA Schools in Arkansas

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Arkansas, known as the Natural 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 South, students at CRNA Schools in Arkansas appreciate the outdoor beauty from six natural parks, hot springs, lakes, and many national forests.  In addition, Arkansas is especially well-known for being the hometown of Bill Clinton (former US President), Sam Walton (Walmart) and Fortune 500 companies including Tysons and Dillard’s.

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

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Arkansas

There are two CRNA Schools in Arkansas located in the cities of Jonesboro and Little Rock as shown below:

  1. ASU CRNA, Jonesboro (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. UAMS CRNA, Little Rock (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

CRNA Schools in Arkansas

Both CRNA programs in AR offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in Arkansas that offer MSN master’s degrees.  The 2020 calendar year was the last year Arkansas State University offered the Master of Science program.  Currently, they are just waiting for the COA accreditation for the 2021 DNP program.  ASU CRNA was one of the earliest Nurse Anesthetist Schools, having graduated its first class of CRNAs in 2005.  On the other hand, the UAMS CRNA, known as the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, is a brand new CRNA program offered this year.  The first cohort began in the fall of 2020 with a class of 16 students, and the program will increase the enrollment to 20 students per cohort.  Although the UAMS CRNA program is brand new, it is spearheaded by Michelle Gonzalez, who is an experienced and well-respected nurse anesthetist and nurse educator as well.

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 Arkansas as the State ranks #26 in most number of CRNA jobs in the US, which is only an average ranking.  This is one rank above Oklahoma, which is ranked #27.

CRNA Programs in Arkansas Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Arkansas Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Arkansas is 40%, with only ASU CRNA reporting acceptance rate information.  This is with a class size of approximately 40 CRNA students.  UAMS CRNA does not report admissions statistics because it is a brand new CRNA school.  Overall, the 40% is extremely higher than the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  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 Arkansas

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
84ASU CRNAJonesboroMSN
85UAMS CRNA ProgramLittle RockDNP

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 Arkansas CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With two CRNA schools in Arkansas, you may also be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  The States close by to Arkansas 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 Arkansas

crna salary in arkansasSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Arkansas, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Arkansas 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.

Nurse Anesthetist Schools in AR Conclusion

In summary, there are two CRNA Schools in Arkansas, which are ASU CRNA and UAMS CRNA.  ASU is a well-established program having been around since 2005 while UAMS is a brand new program that just started.  These two Nurse Anesthetist schools in Arkansas are especially attractive options for those interested in living in Arkansas or those interested in working in the State after graduation.  Although the CRNA market in AR is only average, other States in the South including Texas, North Carolina and Tennessee offer extraordinarily strong CRNA job markets for Arkansas CRNAs.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in Arkansas?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the CRNA graduates. Click on the image gallery below for more information on nurse anesthetist programs in AR.


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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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