CRNA Schools in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts, known as the Bay State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Arizona, New Jersey as well as with several other States.  Although MA is one of the smallest states by size, it has some of the most prestigious universities in the country including Harvard and MIT.  In fact, many CRNA students had originally planned to study in NYC but ultimately decided on CRNA Schools in Massachusetts for the cultural history and diversity in a slightly smaller & moderately paced city.  They also rave on incredible summers, world-famous seafood, and top-notch hospitals for CRNA employment opportunities after graduation.

Massachusetts is currently pending legislation for the RN Compact States agreement. That means in the future RN nurses in MA will be able to move around freely and work within all 33 approved multi-license states.  This will likely happen sometime in 2021.  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 Massachusetts.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Massachusetts

There are two CRNA Schools in Massachusetts located in the cities of Boston and Chestnut Hill as shown below:

  1. Northeastern CRNA, Boston (Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia)
  2. Boston College CRNA, Chestnut Hill (Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia)

Both CRNA programs in MA offer DNP degrees.  There are no nurse anesthetist schools in Massachusetts that offer MSN master’s degrees.  In fact, Northeastern CRNA just converted the MSN CRNA program to DNP for the 2021 academic year.  The Northeastern CRNA program is conducted through the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.  In addition, Boston College CRNA has an excellent academic track record of 100% students passing the NCE on the 1st attempt since 2015.  The School’s graduate nursing program ranks #27 in the 2021 US News Report.

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 Massachusetts registered nurse license prior to 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 applies to CRNA Schools in Massachusetts because the State ranks #19 in the greatest number of CRNA jobs and #16 in the number of CRNA schools.

CRNA Programs in Massachusetts Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Massachusetts Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Massachusetts is 24%.  The acceptance rate of Northeastern CRNA is 27% with a class size of 27 students and the acceptance rate of the Boston College CRNA is 20% with a class size of 16 students.  Northeastern has a fairly sizable class size, which increases the probability of being admitted into the program.  Overall, the 24% average acceptance rate is similar 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.

Best CRNA Schools in Massachusetts

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
10Northeastern CRNABostonDNPNA
22Boston College CRNAChestnut HillDNPNA

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 Massachusetts CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

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

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

In summary, there are two CRNA Schools in Massachusetts, which are Northeastern CRNA  and Boston College CRNA. Both are well established nurse anesthetist programs in Massachusetts.  These two CRNA programs in MA are especially attractive options for those interested in living in Massachusetts or those interested in working in the State after graduation.  This is an increasing trend of students choosing to move to MA from NYC to pursue a more tight knit and moderately-paced life.

Did you graduate from one of the two CRNA Schools in Massachusetts?  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 Mass.


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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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