CRNA Schools in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island, known as the Ocean State, is ranked #30 in total number of CRNA Schools in the United States.  It shares the #30 CRNA School ranking with Washington, Utah, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Maine, and a few other States.  Rhode Island is an extremely small state, just 37 miles wide and 48 miles long.  Students at CRNA schools in Rhode Island appreciate comprehensive academic experiences with seaside culture and traditional New England township architecture.  Because it is such a small State, students often travel to nearby Boston and NYC both of which are only one to three hours away drive.

Located in the northeast New England region, Rhode Island is not part of the RN Compact States agreement that allows RN nurses to move around freely and work within all 33 approved multi-license states.  Because they are not part of the RN Compact, it is very unlikely that they will be part of the future APRN Compact for nurse anesthetists.  This may be an important factor when people consider CRNA Schools in Rhode Island.

Nurse Anesthetist Programs in Rhode Island

There is only one CRNA Programs in Rhode Island located in the city of North Providence as shown below:

  1. Saint Joseph Hospital, North Providence (Master of Science in Nursing)

Although Saint Joseph Hospital is still a MSN program, the school plans to begin the DNP program in January 2022.  The CRNA program is a partnership between the Rhode Island College School of Nursing (RICSON) and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia (SJHSNA).  Located in the north part of the State’s capital, Saint Joseph Hospital has the resources of a metropolitan area with the peaceful atmosphere of a suburb.  Lastly, the CRNA school partners with 8 affiliated sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for clinical rotations.

CRNA Schools in Rhode Island

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, there is no information from BLS on the number of CRNA jobs in Rhode Island.  However, due to the size and limited number of hospitals, the job market may not be as large as that in other States.

CRNA Programs in Rhode Island Acceptance Rate

CRNA Programs in Rhode Island Acceptance RateThe average acceptance rate for CRNA schools in Rhode Island is 20%, which is significantly lower than the national acceptance rate of 26%.  The Saint Joseph Hospital, class size is very small and only 10 students with approximately 50 qualified applicants each year applying.  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.

Best CRNA Schools in Rhode Island

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

Best CRNA School RankingAll CRNA SchoolsCityDegree Offered
89Saint Joseph HospitalNorth ProvidenceMSN

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 Rhode Island CRNA Information

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

Map of CRNA Schools by State

With only one nurse anesthetist schools in Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island

crna salary in rhode islandSince you’re reading about CRNA Schools in Rhode Island, we thought you might be interested in learning about the CRNA Salary in Rhode Island 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 RI Conclusion

To sum up, if you are interested in studying at nurse anesthetist programs in Rhode Island, there is only one school –Saint Joseph Hospital. CRNA students in Rhode Island appreciate the wonderous outdoors, with beaches, water, wilderness, farms and wineries.  As there are not many CRNA programs in ME, I also recommend CRNA applicants also apply to CRNA Schools in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Pursuing a CRNA program in Rhode Island 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.

Did you graduate from a CRNA School in Rhode Island?  Please let us know what you thought of the program and experience working with the graduates. Click on the image gallery below for more information on nurse anesthetist programs in RI.


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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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