CRNA Schools in Louisiana

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Louisiana, known as the Pelican 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.  Baton Rouge, the capital, was previously one of the top places for young adults back in 2010 but is today one of the most dangerous places to live along with New Orleans, according to U.S. News.  However, Louisiana residents appreciate the historical multicultural influences in the music, food, and architecture in this Southern State.  Culturally, CRNA students in Louisiana also love how they are able to participate in the state’s popular traditions including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.

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

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Louisiana

There are two CRNA Schools in Louisiana located in the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans as shown below:

  1. FranU CRNA, Baton Rouge (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. LSU CRNA Program, New Orleans (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Both CRNA programs in LA offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in Louisiana that offer MSN master’s degrees.  FranU, formally known as Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, was established in 2005 and is considered a boutique private Catholic university.  LSU, on the other hand, is a huge university with over 25,000 students.  LSU is the nickname for the Louisiana State University.

Applicants for both schools are required to have a current RN license with any State.  However, upon acceptance into either program, they must obtain a Louisiana registered nurse license prior to the start of classes.  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 definitely applies to nurse anesthetist programs in Louisiana because the State ranks #16 in the greatest number of CRNA jobs and #16 in the number of CRNA schools as well.

NFLP at CRNA Schools in Louisiana

In addition, for CRNA Schools in Alabama, LSU CRNA Program, is part of the NFLP (Nurse Faculty Loan Program).  The NFLP is a federal program created by the US government to help encourage CRNA students to pursue a career in nursing education following graduation.  The way the program works is students can take up to a US$35,000 loan per year they are in school studying to become a CRNA.  Upon graduation, up to 85% of the total student loan will be cancelled over a 4-year period while the borrower serves as a full-time nursing faculty at a nursing school.  LSU CRNA Program has been very active in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, so if you need financial assistance for your degree, please read more about it here.

CRNA Programs in Louisiana Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Louisiana Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Louisiana is 33%.  The acceptance rate of  FranU CRNA is 29% with a class size of 35 students and the acceptance rate of the LSU CRNA Program is 37% with a class size of 45 students.  Both schools have a fairly sizable class size, which increases the probability of being admitted into the program.  Overall, the 33% acceptance rate is significantly 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 Louisiana

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
78FranU CRNABaton RougeDNP
87LSU CRNA ProgramNew OrleansDNP

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 Louisiana CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

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

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

In summary, there are two CRNA Schools in Louisiana, which are FranU CRNA and LSU CRNA Program.  Both schools have a good reputation in the nurse anesthesia community, but the biggest concern from students studying at nurse anesthetist programs in LA is the safety of the surrounding cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  Other than that, both these two CRNA schools in Louisiana are especially attractive options for those interested in living in Louisiana or those interested in working in the State after graduation.   This is because the job market for CRNAs is strong in LA.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in Louisiana?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the CRNA graduates. Click on the image gallery below to learn more about nurse anesthetist programs in LA.


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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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