CRNA Schools in Connecticut

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Connecticut, known as the Constitution State, is ranked #10 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #10 CRNA School ranking with Minnesota and Missouri.  Located in southern New England, many top universities are located all throughout CT in cities such as New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford.  The State is one of the wealthier in the US and has beautiful natural scenery including the Long Island Sound shoreline and Connecticut River Valley.  Students studying in CRNA schools in Connecticut say they spend more time in the State enjoying the local cities and scenery than taking the train and bus down to NYC.

To be clear, Connecticut is not part of the RN Compact States agreement that allows RN nurses to move around freely and work within all 33 approved multi-license states.  Because they are not part of the RN Compact, it is very unlikely that they will be part of the future APRN Compact for nurse anesthetists.  This may be an important factor when people consider CRNA Schools in Connecticut.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Connecticut

There are four CRNA Schools in Connecticut located in the cities of Bridgeport, East Hartford, Hamden, and New Haven as shown below:

  1. Fairfield CRNA, Bridgeport (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. Integrated Anesthesia Associates, East Hartford (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)
  3. Quinnipiac CRNA Program, Hamden (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  4. Yale CRNA, New Haven (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

All CRNA programs in CT offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in Connecticut that offer MSN master’s degrees.  Fairfield is ranked as one of the top 75 best grad nursing programs according to US News and one of the top 5 nursing schools in New England by the Nursing School Almanac.  Yale is one of the members of the prestigious Ivy League universities. For the Yale CRNA, the school partners with the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain CT and the clinical experience takes place at the Yale New Haven Hospital.

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.  Unfortunately, the BLS does not provide employment information for nurse anesthetists in Connecticut.  However, what stands out the most about Connecticut is the CRNA salary.  The average CRNA salary in Connecticut is US$198,750 which ranks #10 in the entire United States.

CRNA Programs in Connecticut Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Connecticut Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Connecticut is 17%.  Overall, the 17% acceptance rate is significantly lower than the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  Fairfield CRNA reported an acceptance rate of 10% with a class size of 15 while Integrated Anesthesia Associates reported an acceptance rate of only 25% with a class size of 10.  Finally, Quinnipiac CRNA Program had an acceptance rate of 15% with a class size of 12 and the Yale CRNA acceptance rate was 17% with a class size of 10.  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.  However, that does not apply to nurse anesthetist schools in Connecticut.

It seems the low acceptance rates in Connecticut are a factor of exceedingly small CRNA class sizes in the programs in the State.  The average CRNA class size in Connecticut is only 12 students comparing to a national average class size of 24 students per year.

Best CRNA Schools in Connecticut

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
76Quinnipiac CRNA ProgramHamdenDNP
91Fairfield CRNABridgeportDNP
96Integrated Anesthesia AssociatesEast HartfordDNAP
97Yale CRNANew HavenDNP

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 Connecticut CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

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

crna salary in connecticutSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Connecticut, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Connecticut 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 CT Conclusion

In summary, CRNA schools in Connecticut are extremely competitive to get accepted due to the small class sizes.  This may be because the nurse anesthetist salary is one of the best in the entire US, ranked at #10.  If you are interested in living or working in the State after graduation, it would definitely make sense to apply to nurse anesthetist programs in Connecticut because your chances of finding employment afterwards are higher.  Connecticut is well known for the academic reputation of its educational programs and the 4 CRNA schools in Connecticut are no exception.

Did you graduate from one of the three CRNA Schools in Connecticut?  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 program in CT.


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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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