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New York, known as the Empire State, is ranked #13 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #13 ranking with Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.  With NY having more 4-year bachelor’s degree granting institutions in the United than any other State, it is actually surprising that there are so few CRNA programs in NY.  In addition, only one program is in the city (Columbia) while the others are 3-6 hours driving time away.  In fact, Columbia is the only CRNA program located in Manhattan, NYC and is considered part of the 8 universities in the Ivy League.  The Buffalo CRNA Program is part of the SUNY (State University of NY) system which includes 4 universities and more than 60 community & technical colleges.  In total, there are 3 CRNA Schools in New York as shown below.

  1. Columbia University CRNA, NYC (Master of Science in Nursing)
  2. Albany Medical College CRNA Program, Albany (Master of Science in Nursing)
  3. Buffalo CRNA Program, Buffalo (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)

CRNA Schools in New York

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 definitely is suitable to CRNA jobs in New York – the State of New York is ranked #8 in the US in terms of the most number of nurse anesthetist jobs, one ranking above Illinois at #9.

CRNA Programs in New York Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in New York Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA programs in New York is 34%.  This is significantly higher compared 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 York, this generalization does not fully apply.

The reason for the higher acceptance rate in NY is because of there are only 3 CRNA schools and the SUNY Buffalo CRNA Program acceptance rate is 41%, which skews the average up.  SUNY’s high acceptance rate is because there are less than 40 qualified applicants who applied in the previous year, yet the school accepted 16 applicants.  Thus, this may be an easier CRNA school to get into.

Best CRNA Schools in New York

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
7Buffalo CRNA ProgramBuffaloDNP
30Albany Medical College CRNA ProgramAlbanyMS
54Columbia University CRNANew YorkMS

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 York CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State


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 York

crna salary in new yorkSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in New York, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in New York 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 NY Conclusion

In summary, students love CRNA programs in NY.  The State is a cultural hub and a multicultural society with people from many different backgrounds around the world.  The State of New York is more than just NYC and there are many CRNA jobs in NY outside of NYC.  It is common that CRNA students are generally able to find nurse anesthetist jobs within the same State easier than students from out of State.  With that in mind, I highly recommend New York for prospective CRNA students.

Did you graduate from one of the 3 CRNA Schools in New York?  Please let us know what you thought of the program and experience working with the graduates.  Click on the image gallery below to learn more about nurse anesthetist schools in NY.


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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.

2 thoughts on “CRNA Schools in New York

  1. I attended Azure college of nursing in Ft Lauderdale, FL which I later learned is not accredited.I’m interested in becoming a CRNA in the near future and was wondering what are the possibilities of me getting accepted with a non accredited ASN degree? I have a Bsn now but the undergraduate program is heavily factored in when applying to grad programs. I’m just concerned about the Non accreditation part.

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