CRNA Schools in Maryland

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Maryland, known as the Old Line State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia as well as several other States.  Located in the Mid-Atlantic area, Maryland is strategically between Washington DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  CRNA students sometimes call Maryland, ‘Miniature America’ due to its vast landscape even though it is a small state – the west is covered in mountains, the east with farms, beaches in the south and cities in the center.  CRNA Schools in Maryland are located in the center in the cities of Bethesda and College Park.  In fact, they are more or less equally the same distance away from Baltimore and Washington DC.

Maryland is part of the RN Compact States agreement, which means RN nurses 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 MD.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Maryland

There are two CRNA Schools in Maryland as shown below:

  1. University of Maryland CRNA, College Park (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. Military CRNA, Bethesda (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Both the University of Maryland and the Uniformed Services University Military CRNA offer Doctorate degrees in Nurse Anesthesia.  There are no Masters of Nursing Degrees issued by CRNA Programs in MD.  In addition, it is important to note that the University of Maryland, College Park is a completely different university than the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Sometimes people confuse these two universities.  To clarify, the University of Maryland Baltimore does not have a CRNA Program.

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 seems to apply to MD as it is ranked #16 in number of CRNA Schools in the US and #22 in number of CRNA jobs in the country.

CRNA Programs in Maryland Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Maryland Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Maryland is 52%.  This is extremely high compared the national CRNA average acceptance rate of 26%.  The reason for this is because the two CRNA programs in MD have very extreme acceptance rates on completely opposite sides of the spectrum.  The University of Maryland CRNA program has an acceptance rate of only 10%. 250 potential students applied for 25 coveted spots in this nurse anesthetist program – one of the most selective in the country.  On the other hand, the Military CRNA has an acceptance rate of 95%.  In the previous year, the Military CRNA program had 37 applicants and 35 were accepted.  That means, if you apply for the Military CRNA program you are almost guaranteed to become a CRNA in the future.

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.

Best CRNA Schools in Maryland

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
1Military CRNABethesdaDNP
18University of Maryland CRNABaltimoreDNP
38Johns Hopkins CRNABaltimoreDNP

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 Maryland CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With two nurse anesthetist schools in Maryland, you may also be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  Other States nearby MD that have CRNA programs 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 Maryland

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

In summary, there are two CRNA schools in Maryland which are excellent choices for students interested in pursuing nurse anesthesia in the State.  Both CRNA programs are located in strategic locations and about an hour’s drive from Washington DC and Philadelphia.  Maryland is also a decent State for number of CRNA jobs.  Pursuing a CRNA program in Maryland will 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 one of the CRNA Schools in Maryland?  Please let us know what you thought of the programs and experience working with the graduates. Click on the image gallery below for more information on nurse anesthetist programs in MD.


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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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