CRNA Schools in North Carolina

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North Carolina, known as the Tar Heel State, is ranked #4 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  (NC is tied at #4 ranking with Tennessee).  North Carolina offers the best of a relaxed pace of life, warm tropical climate and natural beauty along with a rapidly growing economy.  In addition, sports is one of the things at many of the universities that brings everyone together.  All the CRNA schools have locations in cities including Charlotte, Ashville, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville and Winston Salem.  There are 6 CRNA Schools in North Carolina as listed below:

  1. Western Carolina University CRNA, Ashville (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. UNC CRNA Program, Charlotte (Master of Science in Nursing)
  3. Duke CRNA Program, Durham (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  4. Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia, Greensboro (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  5. ECU CRNA, Greenville (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  6. Wake Forest CRNA, Winston Salem (Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia)

CRNA Schools in North Carolina

crna schools in north carolinaAs of November 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, 9 CRNA schools in Florida and 7 CRNA schools in Ohio.  In addition, Tennessee also has 6 CRNA schools like North Carolina.  On the other hand, there are no CRNA programs at all in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, Alaska and Hawaii.  More often than not, the States with more CRNA schools tend to have more CRNA jobs as well.  This definitely applies to North Carolina as NC has the #2 most number of nurse anesthetist jobs in the US.

CRNA Programs in North Carolina Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in North Carolina Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA programs in North Carolina is 23%.  This is slightly lower when 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.  That is to say, both these States only have 2 CRNA schools.  However, please note this is only a general rule of thumb and does not apply to all States all the time.  In this case, it does not apply to NC.

For North Carolina, the UNC CRNA Program is one of the most competitive with an 11% acceptance rate.  On the other side is the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia with a 39% acceptance rate.  There was quite a number of feedback from CRNAs on RSNA as you can read on the school page.

Best CRNA Schools in North Carolina

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
8Wake Forest CRNAWinston-SalemMSNA
23Duke CRNA ProgramDurhamDNP
41ECU CRNAGreenvilleDNP
67Western Carolina University CRNAAshevilleDNP
68Raleigh School of Nurse AnesthesiaGreensboroDNP
71UNC CRNA ProgramCharlotteDNP

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 North Carolina CRNA Information

CRNA Programs in NC InformationNo matter if you’re a potential student researching CRNA programs in North Carolina or a nurse anesthetist exploring a new job, check out CRNA Salary in North Carolina and North Carolina Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in NC.

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 North Carolina

crna salary in north carolinaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in North Carolina, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in North Carolina 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 NC Conclusion

In short, we hope you found the list of CRNA schools in North Carolina helpful.  NC is a very promising state with a plethora of CRNA programs in addition to CRNA jobs after graduation.  Did you graduate from a CRNA program in North Carolina?  Are you looking at going to CRNA school in North Carolina?  Please share your plans and feedback in the comments below with our community. Click on the image gallery below to learn more about nurse anesthetist schools in NC.


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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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