CRNA Schools in New Jersey

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New Jersey, known as the Garden State, is ranked #16 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #16 CRNA School ranking with Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia as well as several other States.  Located in the Tri-State area, New Jersey is strategically between Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.  CRNA students in New Jersey love how they are in close proximity to Philadelphia and NYC while having the highest population density in the US.  This allows more cultural exchange and experiences in meeting more people.

Second, New Jersey has approved legislation to be part of the RN Compact States agreement and this should be implemented in 2021.  This 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 NJ.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in New Jersey

There are two CRNA Schools in New Jersey located in the cities of Camden and Newark as shown below:

  1. Rutgers CRNA, Newark (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden (Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia)

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is one of the largest universities in the US with more than 31,000 undergraduate students annually and it has an excellent CRNA program.  Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes CRNA Program is associated with Drexel University’s College of Nursing and the MSN is granted by Drexel.  As all CRNA school programs are transitioning from MSN to DNP degrees, as of July 2020, the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes CRNA program is currently inactive for admission status pending further news.  Thus, in reality there is only one of two CRNA Schools in New Jersey currently active for admissions.

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 NJ as it is ranked #16 in number of CRNA Schools in the US and #18 in number of CRNA jobs in the country.

CRNA Programs in New Jersey Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in New Jersey Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in New Jersey is 26%.  This is exactly identical 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.  This compares with an acceptance rate of 13% for CRNA schools in Georgia and 24% in South Carolina, which only have 2 CRNA schools.  In the case of New Jersey, this generalization does apply but it is difficult to generalize with only two nurse anesthetist programs in NJ.

Best CRNA Schools in New Jersey

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
53Rutgers CRNANewarkDNP
105Virtua Our Lady of LourdesCamdenMSN

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 New Jersey CRNA Information

CRNA Programs in NJ InformationWhether you’re looking to apply to CRNA programs in New Jersey or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in New Jersey and New Jersey Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.  Also the city references of CRNA Salary in NYC and CRNA Schools in NYC may be useful as they are contingent to the CRNA Schools in NJ.

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only one CRNA schools in New Jersey, you may be interested in applying to CRNA programs nearby in other States.  The States surrounding New Jersey to the north, east and west all do not have CRNA Schools.  However, other States 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 New Jersey

crna salary in new jerseySince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in New Jersey, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in New Jersey 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 NJ Conclusion

To sum up, although there are currently two CRNA schools in New Jersey, in reality there is only one CRNA School NJ who is taking new students.  If you are interested in attending CRNA schools in the Tri-State area, I also recommend researching CRNA Schools in Pennsylvania and CRNA Schools in NJ as well to keep your options open.

Pursuing a CRNA program in New Jersey 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 New Jersey?  Does anyone have any opinion on Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes potentially ending their nurse anesthetist program in NJ?  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 schools in NJ.


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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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