CRNA Schools in Nebraska

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Nebraska, known as the Cornhusker State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, and a few other States. Students at CNRA Schools in Nebraska appreciate the peaceful outdoor lover’s paradise and general stable way of life.  Several Fortune 500 companies are located in the State including Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, ConAgra Foods, and Mutual of Omaha Insurance.

Located in the South United States, Nebraska 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 Nebraska

There are only two CRNA Programs in Nebraska located in the cities of Omaha and Lincoln as shown below:

  1. Clarkson College CRNA, Omaha (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)
  2. Bryan College CRNA, Lincoln (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)

Both nurse anesthetist programs in Nebraska are DNP degrees.  Master of Science in Nursing degrees are no longer offered in Nebraska.  The Clarkson College CRNA is partnered and shares resources with Nebraska Medicine.  The CRNA school prides itself on being the only nurse anesthesia program in Omaha, having close faculty to student ratios, and providing thorough rural and urban clinical practice opportunities.

Bryan College of Health Sciences is a college within a medical center that is affiliated with Nebraska Medical Center.  The school is especially proud of their extensive clinical experience which covers specialty rotations with a 2-month and 1-month rotation in a community hospital.  Rural anesthesia practice rotations are available as well.  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.  Unfortunately, the BLS does not publish the number of CRNA jobs in Nebraska.

CRNA Programs in Nebraska Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Nebraska Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Nebraska is 16%, which is significantly higher than the national acceptance rate of 26%.  The reason for the low acceptance rate is especially due to the Clarkson College CRNA in Omaha.  Clarkson College has only a 9% acceptance rate with 15 students accepted out of 175 qualified applicants.  This is one of the most competitive nurse anesthetist programs in the country.  Meanwhile, the Bryan College CRNA in Lincoln acceptance rate is 23% with a class size of 17 students with 75 qualified applicants applying.

Best CRNA Schools in Nebraska

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
79Bryan College CRNALincolnDNAP
82Clarkson College CRNAOmahaDNP

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 Nebraska CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only two CRNA schools in Nebraska, 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 Nebraska

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

In conclusion, if you are interested in studying at CRNA Schools in Nebraska, there are two programs, Clarkson College CRNA and Bryan College CRNA. As there are not many CRNA programs in NE, I also recommend CRNA applicants also apply to CRNA Schools in Minnesota, Montana, Iowa and South Dakota.  Pursuing a CRNA program in Nebraska 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.

Do you have any idea why the acceptance rate of Clarkson College is so much lower than Bryan College?  Please let us know any thoughts or experiences with the CRNA programs in Nebraska or their graduates. Click on the image gallery below for nurse anesthetist programs in NE.


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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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