CRNA Schools in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania, known as the Keystone State, has the #1 most number of CRNA Schools in the entire United States. The State is well known for being a strong destination for higher education as there are over 100 large universities, mid-size colleges and liberal arts schools located throughout.  For the field of Nurse Anesthesia, there are 13 CRNA Schools in Pennsylvania located all throughout the State from East to West as listed out below:

  1. Cedar Crest CRNA, Allentown (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  2. Bloomsburg CRNA, Danville (Master of Science in Nursing)
  3. UPMC Hamot, Erie (Master of Science in Nursing)
  4. Excela Health School of Anesthesia, Latrobe (Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice)
  5. La Salle CRNA program, Norristown (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  6. UPenn CRNA, Philadelphia (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  7. Jefferson CRNA Program, Philadelphia (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  8. Drexel CRNA, Philadelphia (Master of Science in Nursing)
  9. University of Pittsburgh CRNA, Pittsburgh (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  10. La Roche CRNA, Pittsburgh (Master of Science in Health Science)
  11. University of Scranton CRNA, Scranton (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  12. Villanova CRNA program, Villanova (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  13. York College CRNA, York (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Nurse Anesthetist Schools in Pennsylvania

Many of the CRNA schools in Pennsylvania are located in the major cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia, the latter being the 5th largest city in the United States.  As 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 9 CRNA schools in Florida and 7 CRNA schools in Ohio.  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.  More often than not, the States with more CRNA schools tend to have more CRNA jobs as well.  Pennsylvania is no exception.  The State of Pennsylvania is ranked #6 in the US for number of nurse anesthetist jobs in the country.

CRNA Programs in Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate

crna acceptance rateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA programs in Pennsylvania is 25%.  This is similar and comparable 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 CRNA Schools in PA.  In the case of CRNA schools in PA, some of the most competitive programs in the country are located in Pennsylvania, including Thomas Jefferson (13% acceptance) and Drexel (14% acceptance rate).

Best CRNA Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
2University of Pittsburgh CRNAPittsburghDNP
43La Salle CRNA programNorristownDNP
44UPenn CRNAPhiladelphiaDNP
45Drexel CRNAPhiladelphiaMSN
46Villanova CRNA programVillanovaDNP
49York College CRNAYorkDNP
50La Roche CRNAPittsburghMSHS
61UPMC HamotErieMSN
93Bloomsburg CRNADanvilleMSN
103University of Scranton CRNAScrantonDNP
112Cedar Crest CRNAAllentownDNP
116Excela Health School of AnesthesiaLatrobeDNAP
117Jefferson CRNA ProgramPhiladelphiaDNP

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 CRNA Programs in PA Information

Other CRNA Program InformationWhether you are a student aspiring to attend a CRNA programs in Pennsylvania or already a CRNA, check out CRNA Salary in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Board of Nursing to learn more about nurse anesthesia in the State.  In addition, we also discuss CRNA Schools in Philadelphia.  If you’re interested in studying in Philadelphia, you may also be interested in CRNA Schools in NYC as the distance is only two hours away by bus.

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 Pennsylvania

crna salary in pennsylvaniaSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Pennsylvania, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Pennsylvania 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 PA Conclusion

To sum up, we hope you found the list of CRNA schools in Pennsylvania helpful.  Did you graduate from a CRNA program in Pennsylvania?  Are you looking at going to CRNA school in Pennsylvania?  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 programs in Pennsylvania.


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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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