CRNA Schools in Iowa

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Iowa, known as the Hawkeye State, is ranked #30 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #30 CRNA School ranking with Washington, South Dakota, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and a few other States.  Sometimes people also refer to Iowa as the Corn State or the American Heartland because of the authentic American way of life there.  Students studying in CRNA Schools in Iowa love the idyllic outdoor scenery, whether it be from the Iowa Great Lakes, bridges of Madison County all the way to the rustic country charm.

Located in the Mid-Western United State, Iowa is part of the RN Compact States agreement.  This means RN nurses can 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.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Iowa

Midwest States Nurse Anesthetist Salary by StateThere is only one CRNA Programs in Iowa located in the city of Sioux Falls as shown below:

  1. University of Iowa CRNA, Iowa City (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

All the CRNA schools in Iowa are DNP Doctorate degrees.  There are no MSN master’s degrees offered any longer in Iowa.  The University of Iowa is the first university in the State and has an excellent Health School, recently ranked #10 in US News.  The Anesthesia program director was also named Program Director of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

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, South 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 rule of thumb also applies to Iowa.  With only one CRNA school, Iowa is ranked #26 in number of CRNA jobs in the US.

CRNA Programs in Iowa Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Iowa Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Iowa is 10%, which is extremely lower than the national acceptance rate of 26%.  The reason for this is because the University of Iowa CRNA has a very small class size of only 12 students with approximately 120 qualified applicants each year applying.  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 Iowa

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
3University of Iowa CRNAIowa CityDNP

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 Iowa CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only one CRNA schools in Iowa, you may be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  These may 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 Iowa

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

To sum up, if you are interested in studying at CRNA Schools in Iowa, there is only one school – the University of Iowa CRNA. CRNA students in Iowa appreciate the outdoor scenery and rustic American way of life.  As there are not many CRNA programs in IA, I also recommend CRNA applicants also apply to CRNA Schools in Minnesota, Montana, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Pursuing a CRNA program in Iowa may also make sense if you plan on staying within the State after graduation.  This is because 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.

Did you graduate from a CRNA School in Iowa?  Please let us know what you thought of the program and experience working with the graduates.  Click on the image gallery to learn more about Nurse Anesthetist schools in Iowa.


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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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