CRNA Schools in Illinois

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Illinois, known as the Prairie State, is ranked #6 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #6 ranking with California, Texas, and Michigan.  For those who love to be in the city environment, Chicago is the third largest city in the US.  Located in northeast Illinois, Chicago is well known for its famous architecture and museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.  Three of the CRNA Schools in IL are close to the city of Chicago within thirty minutes driving distance.  However, the other two (SIUE and Millikin) are far away with 3-4 hours driving time. In total, there are 5 CRNA Schools in Illinois as shown below:

  1. Rush University CRNA, Chicago (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. SIUE CRNA, Edwardsville (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  3. Rosalind Franklin CRNA, North Chicago (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  4. Northshore CRNA, Evanston (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  5. Millikin CRNA, Decatur (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

CRNA Schools in Illinois

Midwest States Nurse Anesthetist Salary by StateAs of November 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 wholeheartedly applies to CRNA jobs in Illinois as well – Illinois is ranked #9 in the US in terms of the most number of nurse anesthetist jobs and is one rank above California at #10.

CRNA Programs in Illinois Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Illinois Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA programs in Illinois is 30%.  This is only slightly higher compared to 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.  This compares with an acceptance rate of 13% for CRNA schools in Georgia and 24% in South Carolina, which only have 2 CRNA schools.  As you can tell, the rule slightly applies to Illinois.

In terms of CRNA schools, Rosalind Franklin CRNA and Northshore CRNA are easier CRNA schools to get into with acceptance rates of 39% and 36% respectively.  Interestingly, all CRNA schools in Illinois have already converted to DNP Doctors of Nursing Practice program ahead of the 2025 deadline given by the AANA.  Therefore, it is no longer possible to receive a Masters of Nursing in Anesthesia at CRNA programs in IL.

Best CRNA Schools in Illinois

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
24Rosalind Franklin CRNANorth ChicagoDNP
35Northshore CRNAEvanstonDNP
66Rush University CRNAChicagoDNP
70SIUE CRNAEdwardsvilleDNP
86Millikin CRNADecaturDNP

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 Illinois CRNA Information

CRNA Programs in IL InformationWhether you are a student aspiring to attend a CRNA programs in Illinois or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in Illinois and Illinois Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.

Map of CRNA Schools by State


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 Illinois

crna salary in illinoisSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Illinois, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Illinois 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 Programs in IL Conclusion

To conclude, Illinois is a solid State to consider attending CRNA School.  If you’re interested in living in the City, there are 3 CRNA Schools in IL located in Chicago while the other two are farther away.  To emphasize, there is robust strong demand for nurse anesthetists upon graduation from the CRNA programs in the State.  Its important to note that usually it’s easier for graduates to find jobs within the same State they studied in as hospitals are familiar with the curriculums.

Have you attended any of the 5 CRNA Schools in Illinois or worked with any of the graduates?  Please share feedback and help answer any questions from the community.  Click on the image gallery below to learn more about nurse anesthetist schools in IL.


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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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